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Congratulations to Vanderbilt? Yes and no. They would not be here, if not for UT screw-ups.
More like "shame, shame on Mike Hamilton, Dave Hart, Jimmy Cheek, the UT President and board of Trustees."
In addition to butchering the cash cow, Volunteer Football, with Kiffen & Dooley, and gross overpayments an guarantees for all that he hired; Hamilton had been so involved in trying to knife Phillip Fulmer in the back, with Cheek's and former President Peterson's blessing, because all of them feared Fulmer's strong relationships with power brokers and big donors in the Vol family, that UT's athletics deparment went down the tubes.
The current men's basketball coach has a losing record in the SEC. Swimming/Diving coach fired for alleged moral turpitude. Hamilton's firing came. New director Hart destroyed Women's athletics structure, then came his mishandling of much of the rest of UT's proudd Women's athletics.
Baseball has a revolving coaches mentality, now. Pat Summitt debacle noted. Women's volleyball All-America and others transferring this year. The athletics department's reserve funds squandered on buyouts from fired coaches. Cheek, the current chancellor, brought in Hart after Hamilton was fired, with the idea of making UT into a Vanderbilt, academically. Presto: problems with getting great athletes into school.
Hart has screwed up everything he has touched, firing Pat Summitt...er, pushing out Pat Summitt...and now hiring another mid-major coach in Butch Jones, for football---a modestly successful coach who is over his head.
Every major process at UT has become flawed under Hamilton and Hart. For instance, The same agent for years represented Hamilton and many of the coaches Hamilton was interviewing and hiring. Uh...can you cay "TBI Investigation needed?"
The entire mess that is UT athletics needs to be probed by the State legislature. UT athletics spends $2Billion dollars every decade...and the revolving coaches, incompetence at every level...and NCAA sanctions needs to be investigated by a special panel, with TBI support.
Get rid of unethical creeps, straighten out the mess and help UT become a leader that is respected.
Straighten Up. That way, UT can be a state flagship school of which we can be proud, once again.
Vanderbilt has done it the right way. Congratulations to the school and its athletics programs.
Vandy deserves plaudits and has a right to look towards Knoxville and laugh. UT needs to look into a mirror facing any direction and cry.
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