UT athletics transferring $1 million to UT campus

University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, right, and Mike Hamilton, left, director of UT Men's Athletics announced a new funding partnership between UT Athletics and UT Knoxville to support academic initiatives across the university's flagship campus.

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University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, right, and Mike Hamilton, left, director of UT Men's Athletics announced a new funding partnership between UT Athletics and UT Knoxville to support academic initiatives across the university's flagship campus.

University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, right, and Mike Hamilton, left, director of UT Men's Athletics announced a new funding partnership between UT Athletics and UT Knoxville to support academic initiatives across the university's flagship campus.

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University of Tennessee Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek, right, and Mike Hamilton, left, director of UT Men's Athletics announced a new funding partnership between UT Athletics and UT Knoxville to support academic initiatives across the university's flagship campus.

The University of Tennessee athletic department will transfer an additional $1 million to the UT campus, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced in a press release this morning.

The money is the result of the new television contract signed recently by the Southeastern Conference, the release stated, and will be used to "enhance teaching, learning and graduate education at UT Knoxville.

"I am particularly glad that we will be able to use $800,000 of this sum to enhance graduate education by providing up to 40 graduate assistantships each year to departments and colleges throughout the campus," Cheek said in the release. "This investment in graduate studies at UT Knoxville will have a lasting impact on our ability to recruit and retain top graduate students across the full breadth of our campus."

The athletics department will be making the transfer annually.

The division of the funding will go as follows:

- $100,000 to the Student Success Center, which provides tutoring and counseling services for all UT students.

- $100,000 to the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, which provides UT teaching faculty opportunities "for personal and professional growth through programs, services and resources that promote significant learning experiences for students.

- $800,000 to fund up to 40 assistantships for graduate students in colleges and departments across campus.

The $1 million is in addition to more than $7 million in direct cash support the university receives each year.

"We have always had a tremendous relationship with campus," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director, in the release. "This money will create more opportunities for UT students to be successful while at UT and provide much needed financial support to our great institution during these tough economic times."

A press conference is being held this morning to announce the contribution.

The SEC's contract was signed with ESPN in August 2008 and takes effect this school year. It calls for conference to receive $2.25 billion over a 15-year period.

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volguy#211935 writes:

I wonder if the anti-athletics professors at UT will remember this the next time they complain about the salaries of coaches and/or money spent on athletics?

Phowell23 writes:

in response to volguy#211935:

I wonder if the anti-athletics professors at UT will remember this the next time they complain about the salaries of coaches and/or money spent on athletics?

Of course not, they will now complain they should have transferred $2 million instead of $1 million.

rocky_topper writes:

just take away these coaches and these athletic programs and one will see just what a monetary impact these athletic departments actually have on academics and their salaries.

straydog writes:

Is the UTAD just throwing a few peanuts at education to justify the inevitable conclusion of their current self study? A task force is currently examining whether athletics should continue to report to the UT system or to the Knoxville campus, where it presumably would fall under the chancellor's purview. In other words will athletics remain a toy for the trustees or a tool for education? http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jun...

Moost writes:

I am not one to normally look a gift horse in the mouth, but why were graduate students the focus of a majority of this money? The university continues it slide away from its primary focus of providing undergraduate education.

This was probably decided upon by university officials rather that Athletic department. They set the money and the university set the priorities. Two decades of leadership at Andy Holt has done nothing but make it harder on the undergraduate students on campus while funneling more and more resources to publications and research and administration. I want my alma-mater to be the world famous teaching university, not just another school bending over backwards to bring in world-class researchers who do not teach the people paying their world-class salaries.

BeagleGirl writes:

About time!

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

Great news for the University. In these tough times, any donation to the academic programs should be welcomed.

It seems that our "bake sales" were more successful than the trolls thought.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Go Vols! Spread the wealth! Annual transfers to all departments will make UT event better than it already is...Thanks to Big Orange Football!

ctownvol writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED:

Great news for the University. In these tough times, any donation to the academic programs should be welcomed.

It seems that our "bake sales" were more successful than the trolls thought.

Imagine that. The trolls were wrong?

jmillran writes:

in response to Moost:

I am not one to normally look a gift horse in the mouth, but why were graduate students the focus of a majority of this money? The university continues it slide away from its primary focus of providing undergraduate education.

This was probably decided upon by university officials rather that Athletic department. They set the money and the university set the priorities. Two decades of leadership at Andy Holt has done nothing but make it harder on the undergraduate students on campus while funneling more and more resources to publications and research and administration. I want my alma-mater to be the world famous teaching university, not just another school bending over backwards to bring in world-class researchers who do not teach the people paying their world-class salaries.

- $100,000 to the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, which provides UT teaching faculty opportunities "for personal and professional growth through programs, services and resources that promote significant learning experiences for students.

volnbig11land writes:

Where are all the trolls on this one......

stevefrommemphis writes:

Pure public relations. I'm surprised the athletic department doesn't need to keep this money to pay debt service on the new Taj Mahal additions to Neyland Stadium they are trying to build in the middle of the Great Recession. Of course, if current academic donors who will have to give to the new Tennessee Fund in the future for athletic tickets give more than the $2.875 million being allocated back to academics, UTAD can pay Neyland Stadium debt service from that difference. Knoxville N-S, ask some questions instead of serving as UT's spin machine.

Raynoch writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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Good point. Then those run-of-the-mill bum students graduate, get jobs, buy season tickets and donate to the athletic department so the "heroes" can attend college for free, and workout and play in the best facilities in the country. Funny how that works.

ZacharyUTK writes:

TWENTY-FIRST!!!!!

OrangeAppeal writes:

in response to Raynoch:

Good point. Then those run-of-the-mill bum students graduate, get jobs, buy season tickets and donate to the athletic department so the "heroes" can attend college for free, and workout and play in the best facilities in the country. Funny how that works.

Don't respond to Naffy. He is a racist Gator fan who trolls this board pretending to follow our Vols.

Volunatic writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Pure public relations. I'm surprised the athletic department doesn't need to keep this money to pay debt service on the new Taj Mahal additions to Neyland Stadium they are trying to build in the middle of the Great Recession. Of course, if current academic donors who will have to give to the new Tennessee Fund in the future for athletic tickets give more than the $2.875 million being allocated back to academics, UTAD can pay Neyland Stadium debt service from that difference. Knoxville N-S, ask some questions instead of serving as UT's spin machine.

Judging by the majority of posts about this article, this is a highly-successful media blitz that UTAD is waging.
I heard they were going to change the school name to the Athletic University of Tennessee.

TommyJack writes:

in response to ctownvol:

Imagine that. The trolls were wrong?

tick tick tick

TommyJack writes:

in response to OrangeAppeal:

Don't respond to Naffy. He is a racist Gator fan who trolls this board pretending to follow our Vols.

Doubt he's a gator, O.A.....Just an agitator.

Alt_news (Inactive) writes:

Equivalent headline:

"Phillip Morris to donate $100,000 to lung cancer research."

Would someone at the Sentinel do something other than simply reprint a freaking UTAD press release?

Hartmann and Hamilton are a little too buddy/buddy.

NorCalVol writes:

$1 million is a nice donation but is by no means game-changing for the university. It simply allows the chancellor a little more breathing room in what is already and will remain a dire financial situation for the university.

As for supporting grad vs. undergrad students, it's unclear what the nature of the $800k in graduate assistantships is (i.e., teaching vs. research responsibilities), but chances are this money will also support undergraduate education by ensuring a sufficient number of teaching assistants for their classes and better quality grad students to teach those classes.

give_him_6 writes:

I hope the academic side remembers this when they are on their soapboxes complaining about funds. It's nice to be sure, but only window dressing I'm afraid. A little bit is better than nada!!!!

Alt_news (Inactive) writes:

Guys, some of this money is simply a reclassification of money the Athletics Department is already spending. The function is going to transfer from UTAD to the campus.

Example: the UTAD faculty representative. This will now be funded through the Teaching and Learning Center. Todd Diacon has been receiving a nice stipend from UTAD, but will now receive it from this Center.

Besides, UTAD expects that all of this money will come from increased donations they will be able to secur when they get control of the tickets that have previously been used by the various development offices on campus. They do not expect all/many of the donors to renew at the higher requirement levels, so they will be able to get more for the tickets and parking passes from new donors who want to get tickets or upgrade within the stadium.

UTAD is simply moving money around...giving back the campus some of the money it is taking away.

This is a PR campaign - and not a very well structured one, at that.

Tiffany, did you not think about hiring some outside professional help for something this important? Maybe you should have Twittered, and asked for ideas from your followers!

Biggie writes:

in response to BeagleGirl:

About time!

Loser

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to BeagleGirl:

About time!

Lmao you rabbit hunt?

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to Alt_news:

Guys, some of this money is simply a reclassification of money the Athletics Department is already spending. The function is going to transfer from UTAD to the campus.

Example: the UTAD faculty representative. This will now be funded through the Teaching and Learning Center. Todd Diacon has been receiving a nice stipend from UTAD, but will now receive it from this Center.

Besides, UTAD expects that all of this money will come from increased donations they will be able to secur when they get control of the tickets that have previously been used by the various development offices on campus. They do not expect all/many of the donors to renew at the higher requirement levels, so they will be able to get more for the tickets and parking passes from new donors who want to get tickets or upgrade within the stadium.

UTAD is simply moving money around...giving back the campus some of the money it is taking away.

This is a PR campaign - and not a very well structured one, at that.

Tiffany, did you not think about hiring some outside professional help for something this important? Maybe you should have Twittered, and asked for ideas from your followers!

Thanks for explaining. Your post is more insightful than all the KNS articles I've read combined. UTAD does not expect many of the donors to renew at the new / higher levels, but they'll be able to get donations from the new donors at higher levels.

I still want to know how much money is being given now, and in the future, how much will be given to the Tennessee Fund, by contributors to academics who are getting ticket rights in return for their contributions. Are these numbers more or less than $2.875 million per year ?

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

in response to volnbig11land:

Where are all the trolls on this one......

They run from the truth, you know how it is.

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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Florida recently cut $40 million from its general budget.

http://www.al.com/sports/press-regist...

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to gatorz7:

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Times are tough all around. No ones in great shape right now. There is no denying that.

dbc5361 writes:

in response to Vol_RobE:

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What's sad is your athletic heroes are teenagers. Every single cent that doesn't go towards recruiting, building, feeding kids, etc should go to the University! It's an establishment of Higher Learning not a professional sports franchise!

KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

We better offer Chase Rettig ASAP because Tommy Rees committed to Notre Dame just now.

http://notredame.scout.com/a.z?s=109&...

KiFFiNOMiCS writes:

in response to marc_ash#231781:

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Rees committed...rumor out here for the last few days on SoCal sports talk radio is Scroggins is a Trojan...also rumored we didn't offer Nick Montana so we can offer Trevor Gretzky instead next year....BUT THANK GOD WE OFFERED CHASE RETTIG!!!!!!

TommyJack writes:

in response to gatorz7:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Who cares?

panties4tebow writes:

in response to gatorz7:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

WOW!!!!!!!

That was alot of panties sales!!!!!!!!!!!!

BBBBWWWWAAAAAAAAHHHAAAAAAAAA

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