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Unfortunately, UT faculty know little or nothing about athletics. That's why the old system worked well. Having 41 members kept power from being centralized with a few members. They might be more dangerous with 18 members.
Or they may not.
Like too many UT fans, faculty is under the impression that UT sports produces a geyser of money. They want it.
However, those days are over. The athletic department will be hard pressed to make money over the next decade. Commitments have been made based on previous income projections. Now they have to be met.
Further handicapping UT is the money they've been feeding the deficit producing women's athletic department and the general fund.
(SIDEBAR: Before ranting about how women's athletics makes produces a profit take a look at the books. The men's athletics are charged all rent and expenses for facilities like Thompson-Boling while women are charged nothing. It's an accounting con game.)
So while Alabama, Florida and other top schools have been funneling excess profits into a futures fund, Tennessee pumped profits into the women's programs and the general fund.
Now it's gone.
I think Dave Hart has a handle on reality.
It must scare the heck out of him.
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