Speaking with local media today, Memphis head coach Tubby Smith mentioned that his team will face Alabama in a neutral site game at the Naval Academy. Tubby did not confirm, but the location of the game suggests the two teams will take part in the Veterans Classic. This event has been in place for three seasons with one team squaring off against Navy, with an additional game. This past season, Vanderbilt faced Marquette in the event. It's been a season-opening event in its three seasons so it would appear that Alabama will open the 17-18 season vs Memphis.
Tubby Smith just finished his first season in Memphis. The program is rebuilding. The Tigers finished with a 19-13 record, and no postseason. Attrition is expected so it's hard to project what Memphis will look like next season. Nevertheless, Memphis is an established program, and Tubby has won every place he's been (and he's been to many places at this point) so this would be a solid opener for our guys.