John Adams: Search committee might have lost its way

John Adams

Tennessee fans might start to wonder if their search committee has gotten lost. And I wouldn't blame them.

A couple of months have passed since former University of Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton told UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek he wanted to resign. After pausing for about 1.5 seconds, Cheek accepted the resignation.

That's one account of the process that left UT in need of a new AD for its men's athletic department. You might have your own idea on the subject — perhaps that Cheek suggested to Hamilton that if he would resign, he would be willing to cut him a $1.3 million kinfolk deal.

Never mind what started this. UT's five-member search committee then teamed up with the headhunting firm of Parker Executive Search. About eight weeks later, all those searchers might as well have been looking for gold. UT still doesn't have an AD.

That's why it's not out of the question that the searchers are lost. They could have made a wrong turn or two, lost their bearings and fallen off the map, so to speak.

There are plenty examples of this in history and literature. For example, not all the guys who went after the Holy Grail made it back home.

I have another theory on UT's fruitless search for an AD. Maybe it has confused potential candidates with its fancy new title: "vice chancellor of athletics."

"What's that?" athletic directors might be wondering.

Suppose an attorney was offered a job as a "vice chancellor of legal defense." Wouldn't that raise a question?

And in UT's case, an extra question — coupled with the valid concerns about an athletic department that hasn't been able to get out of the way of the NCAA — might be enough to keep a qualified candidate from even considering the job.

My third theory is more conspiratorial. What if all this is a scam, and UT has no intention of hiring an athletic director?

That has worked splendidly for Vanderbilt, which, by doing away with the AD position, has used the extra money to fund its nationally recognized bowling team.

But UT doesn't want to be a Commodore copycat. So it won't announce that it's retiring the position. It will simply go through the motions of a search that will drag on until fans forget about it.

It's not as though there's an impending crisis at hand.

Coaches in the major sports have been hired, and all that's left of the NCAA trial is the sentencing.

Eventually, some talk-show caller will ask: "Whatever happened to UT's search for an AD?"

And the talk-show host will respond: "Search for what?"

Then, UT will know it's in the clear.

Again, that's just one theory. I still haven't ruled out the possibility that the members of the search committee are lost.

If so, hopefully they're sprinkling breadcrumbs behind them.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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Kelly8 writes:

Fire Jimmy Cheek. Academics and athletics are both sliding. Check out the U.S. News university rankings...we're behind Alabama AND Auburn. It's not just football suffering with this clown around.

MTSUVOL writes:

Cheek is a joke. A Gator joke at that. Cheek is part of the problem. UT get rid of him!!!!!!

CleveVol writes:

This column reminds me of some mid-management guy who is not invited into the boardroom for the really important discussions. So, in the absence of first-hand knowledge, he becomes Chicken Little and decides the sky is falling.
I'm actually comforted by the fact that the search committee is taking its time and is not functioning in panic mode.
Seems to me that good journalists don't lament the lack of news--they furrow it out or they hold their drawers until there's something real to report. Maybe what I learned in my ancient journalism classes at UT has changed. But I don't think so. I ain't that old.

Voluvr writes:

GIVE it to Joan. What's the problem? Let's get on with it.

Razor784 writes:

Our "committee" is a joke, it should have been made up entirely of athletic people. Parker's is also a joke 2 months/$90,000 and they still can't find us a suitable AD

BillsBrother writes:

Joan is fine. Wait until the football season is over and start the search then. Make the hire after the NCAA BB Championship.

KevDVol writes:

You are so right! This is taking WAY too long! We should get another group to find us a new AD. Since we've already wasted money, we should use people we've already got on payroll. Hey, let's get Mike Glazier - the attorney that allegedly withheld the picture info from Pearl - to help. And, let's get help from the people who assisted with some of those great UT presidential searches. And, since we're still paying Hamilton...he could lend a hand too!

Or, we could just take our time.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

We don't need a mid major up and comer for the AD. This isn't a training wheels just-come-off job. We need a Dickey or a Bob Woodruff type. We have nothing to apologize for in terms of our tradition and what we stand for. And I don't care about making excuses about where our athletic program is. The things we are under scrutiny for are minor in nature. All this hand wringing is getting old. We have very good programs in many different areas. We are on the right track in football, hopefully basketball ( a little premature but early signs are encouraging) women's basketball (duh), women's softball, etc. We have some issues in track. We are making some noise in golf, but we could be better....So we are not bereft of good things going on. We don't need an AD who just got his braces off and now knows how to tie a tie. Because if there are people who think we do, we need to start an alumni advisory board to oversee these type of decisions. Oh wait, I think that's called the Board of Trustees. A little leadership from this group might go a long way right now. Back room, smoke-filled, back slapping brinksmanship needs to be a thing of the past. Ok, my rant is over. Coach Dooley and his staff are making me drink the Kool-Aid right now. At this point we are going to beat Florida. And until the game, no one is going to pop my bubble...And don't we deserve to be a little optimistic? It's only been 4 or 5 years since we had a really good season. We deserve one, I'm thinking. Ok, ramping down now. Have a great start to the week...

FWBVol writes:

in response to Voluvr:

GIVE it to Joan. What's the problem? Let's get on with it.

You ask what the problem with Joan Cronan is, and I'll tell you my biggest concern is her age. She is 67 or 68 and is nearing retirement age in the next couple of years. Doug Dickey retired when he was 70. Bob Woodruff, UT's AD before Dickey, was 69 when he retired.

Joan Cronan's husband died a few years back and it would seem to reason that in the next couple of years she's going to want to enjoy her primary job as a grandmother.

If she was 57 or 58 I'd say she's the perfect choice, but we need to get someone in that can run the department for the next 10-15 years.

FWBVol writes:

in response to hcjournals#206623:

We don't need a mid major up and comer for the AD. This isn't a training wheels just-come-off job. We need a Dickey or a Bob Woodruff type. We have nothing to apologize for in terms of our tradition and what we stand for. And I don't care about making excuses about where our athletic program is. The things we are under scrutiny for are minor in nature. All this hand wringing is getting old. We have very good programs in many different areas. We are on the right track in football, hopefully basketball ( a little premature but early signs are encouraging) women's basketball (duh), women's softball, etc. We have some issues in track. We are making some noise in golf, but we could be better....So we are not bereft of good things going on. We don't need an AD who just got his braces off and now knows how to tie a tie. Because if there are people who think we do, we need to start an alumni advisory board to oversee these type of decisions. Oh wait, I think that's called the Board of Trustees. A little leadership from this group might go a long way right now. Back room, smoke-filled, back slapping brinksmanship needs to be a thing of the past. Ok, my rant is over. Coach Dooley and his staff are making me drink the Kool-Aid right now. At this point we are going to beat Florida. And until the game, no one is going to pop my bubble...And don't we deserve to be a little optimistic? It's only been 4 or 5 years since we had a really good season. We deserve one, I'm thinking. Ok, ramping down now. Have a great start to the week...

I'm a big fan of Doug Dickey the AD (Doug Dickey the coach that left for Florida is a different story), but tell me how much experience did Doug Dickey have as an AD when he took the UT job? I'll make it easy for you, he hadn't served one day as even an associate AD.

Doug Dickey's professional career in college athletics had been spent entirely as a football coach, and he had a degree in physical education.

I want UT to get the best man or woman possible for the job. If we can get someone that is a sitting AD at a power school that would be great, but only if they were the right person for the job.

Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart quickly let it be known that he wasn't interested in the job, but many people had him as a top choice. Barnhart went from an associate AD at UT to the top gun at Oregon and then Kentucky.

Just because someone's the AD at Northern Iowa or Furman instead of Iowa or Clemson it doesn't mean they aren't equally capable of doing the job. I wouldn't mind seeing a sitting AD hired from a lower tier DI school if they had previous experience in a senior associate AD capacity at a SEC or other major conference school.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to hcjournals#206623:

We don't need a mid major up and comer for the AD. This isn't a training wheels just-come-off job. We need a Dickey or a Bob Woodruff type. We have nothing to apologize for in terms of our tradition and what we stand for. And I don't care about making excuses about where our athletic program is. The things we are under scrutiny for are minor in nature. All this hand wringing is getting old. We have very good programs in many different areas. We are on the right track in football, hopefully basketball ( a little premature but early signs are encouraging) women's basketball (duh), women's softball, etc. We have some issues in track. We are making some noise in golf, but we could be better....So we are not bereft of good things going on. We don't need an AD who just got his braces off and now knows how to tie a tie. Because if there are people who think we do, we need to start an alumni advisory board to oversee these type of decisions. Oh wait, I think that's called the Board of Trustees. A little leadership from this group might go a long way right now. Back room, smoke-filled, back slapping brinksmanship needs to be a thing of the past. Ok, my rant is over. Coach Dooley and his staff are making me drink the Kool-Aid right now. At this point we are going to beat Florida. And until the game, no one is going to pop my bubble...And don't we deserve to be a little optimistic? It's only been 4 or 5 years since we had a really good season. We deserve one, I'm thinking. Ok, ramping down now. Have a great start to the week...

Good read ! There is no Dickey or Woodruff. How about a Erine G or even a politician from North Carolina. OH the good old days they were so good. Or where they?
GO VOLS !!

gortrtt writes:

70 years of tradition and excellence under the leadership of AD's who were former football coaches who news THE BUSINESS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

8 years of missteps and gaffes from a guy who had a BUSINESS DEGREE.

Now UT is choosing the latter over the former? Brilliant.

nwcs writes:

I don't think they'll find any interested parties until after the NCAA ruling. Who would walk into a situation where you don't know how bad you're about to be disciplined?

tennisvol writes:

What do you expect for around $90,000? This search is getting some good raises for other ADs. I believe Phil would make a good AD as well as many other Vol fans. What seems to be the problem?

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to FWBVol:

I'm a big fan of Doug Dickey the AD (Doug Dickey the coach that left for Florida is a different story), but tell me how much experience did Doug Dickey have as an AD when he took the UT job? I'll make it easy for you, he hadn't served one day as even an associate AD.

Doug Dickey's professional career in college athletics had been spent entirely as a football coach, and he had a degree in physical education.

I want UT to get the best man or woman possible for the job. If we can get someone that is a sitting AD at a power school that would be great, but only if they were the right person for the job.

Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart quickly let it be known that he wasn't interested in the job, but many people had him as a top choice. Barnhart went from an associate AD at UT to the top gun at Oregon and then Kentucky.

Just because someone's the AD at Northern Iowa or Furman instead of Iowa or Clemson it doesn't mean they aren't equally capable of doing the job. I wouldn't mind seeing a sitting AD hired from a lower tier DI school if they had previous experience in a senior associate AD capacity at a SEC or other major conference school.

Really? You were a fan of a nearly 20 year stretch of basketball irrelevence? What about the state of the secondary sports that Dickey paid no attention to? Dickey was a good Football AD, not a good AD.

UTVOL2001 writes:

in response to BillsBrother:

Joan is fine. Wait until the football season is over and start the search then. Make the hire after the NCAA BB Championship.

I am on board with BillsBrother on this one! Good idea. Why do we have to make a hire right now? Let's play some football!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Really? You were a fan of a nearly 20 year stretch of basketball irrelevence? What about the state of the secondary sports that Dickey paid no attention to? Dickey was a good Football AD, not a good AD.

AHH YEA THE GOOD OLD DAYS !!
Go Vols !!

CrankE writes:

"Search committee might have lost its way"

This from the columnist who has never FOUND his way. This generously assumes that they had "a way" before they lost it. Uh...sorry, not feeling it.

FIRE JOHN ADAMS!

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Hey FWB:

You may have partially missed the point here. I when I referenced Doug Dickey and Bob Woodruff, I said "type." What I meant was that the person who will be our athletic director doesn't need to cut his teeth on this job. I don't want someone who worked his program up to be included in the Pac 10 for membership. Not disrespect intended here. But There is difference in competing against the Gators and the Tide day in and day out, and hitting the turf against UNLV or Colorado State...

tennrich1 writes:

in response to Voluvr:

GIVE it to Joan. What's the problem? Let's get on with it.

Joan has been extremely clear about this....she has NO interest in being the AD...pure and simple....Great lady, Great AD....but she's not interested and to give grief to the powers that be for not hiring her is just silly...

GreerVol22 writes:

No D1 school wants to lose their AD at the beginning of football season. Rather than settle for the first limp noodle that walks through the door, spend the time and get it right.

Winston_Wolfe writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

AHH YEA THE GOOD OLD DAYS !!
Go Vols !!

Do you mean the Good Ole Days of losing to Army and Duke in football and complete irrelevance in basketball? The Good Ole Days weren't all that good from where I sat.

SavTnVol writes:

All you people hollering for Phil to be hired as AD. Think about it for a minute. Phil was a great ball coach and recruiter for UT football, for awhile. He let the game go by him in latter years in my opinion, but none the less, still a great figure for UT. He did and DOES love UT. Thanks Phil...BUT, I do not believe he is the right guy for the AD job. You got to remember, he is loyal to his hires (ie: Chief, Sanders, etc) Phil would have troubles getting rid of non-performing coaches soon enough before too much damage has been done to the program. Phil is just TOO loyal to his underlings IMHO.

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

The Bluff City bowling league (or who/what ever) selects John Adams as the top sports writer in Tennessee every year. I think a new honor is due. The OBLIVION AWARD. Given to John Adams once a year at a black tie dinner to recognize the man who knows absolutely nothing. Does not recognize or comprehend anything. John sits down to dinner every night and has no idea what he is eating, until his wife explains it to him. Defines the difference between meat and vegatables. And the explanation makes him so excited he begins a monologue on art of laying concrete block, why Justin Bieber is overrated, and how the buggy wheels spin backwards in old black and white westerns. OBLIVION.

coymoore#531076 writes:

in response to vol1:

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The day Coach Fulmer was fired as coach,he should have been hired as AD!

Kelly8 writes:

Here's the problem that the new UT athletic director will face...

The regular, run of the mill fans were kicked to the curb under the Hamilton administration. My Dad has had season tickets in the North End Zone since 1977. The original two are grandfathered, and there are two others tied to his annual contribution. Last year, in the face of lagging ticket sales, the athletic department called him (and many others) asking him to purchase additional season tickets in the chairbacks in the North Upper Deck. So he did. So last year, for a 6-7 team, he's paying his contribution, 8 games times 6 tickets, plus a parking pass, $8 concessions, etc. What's his reward for that? The parking passes were just mailed out for this season and he was moved from a nice lot near the Music Building to the awful CSX lot by the DTD house at the far end of fraternity row. After inquiring about the reason, the athletic department basically said "the people in the skyboxes get 8 parking passes per box, staff lot 9 in front of the stadium is going to be turned into a transportation hub, so everyone got pushed out a level". So this is how they treat the average, lifelong fans. As soon as someone pays them just a little bit more, they tell you you're not important and could care less about you.

People are going to stop contributing. The stadium is overbuilt, there are too many luxury areas, and UT has a long-term structural problem on the debt accrued to build phooey for the rich people. In addition to the fact that the current generation of donors are already leaving in droves, their children and people in my generation are not replacing them. This a very real long-term problem that will be reflected in financial shortcomings and attendance drops in football, in addition to the impact this will have on the product on the field. Which, even now, is not very good.

UT has some very serious problems, and the new AD will have a major challenge ahead of him/her.

The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca writes:

The mere fact that they're calling this position Vice-Chancellor for Athletics is a sign that we're in trouble.

Right away, it sounds bureaucratic.

We need a guy in there who has been whacked across the nose at the line of scrimmage a few times. We don't need another person with soft hands and a high tolerance for sitting through long meetings.

Mike Hamilton's actions have hurt my alma mater in a very, very bad way.

We're in trouble. There's no room for error now.

We need a general in that job, not an MBA or accountant. We need someone who doesn't need an "executive search firm" to pick his leaders.

We need a man to step up, take charge, and be there to accept responsibility when the seas get rough.

We need a real leader.

linebam writes:

in response to SavTnVol:

All you people hollering for Phil to be hired as AD. Think about it for a minute. Phil was a great ball coach and recruiter for UT football, for awhile. He let the game go by him in latter years in my opinion, but none the less, still a great figure for UT. He did and DOES love UT. Thanks Phil...BUT, I do not believe he is the right guy for the AD job. You got to remember, he is loyal to his hires (ie: Chief, Sanders, etc) Phil would have troubles getting rid of non-performing coaches soon enough before too much damage has been done to the program. Phil is just TOO loyal to his underlings IMHO.

So your argument against Fulmer is that he is "too loyal"? That's sad... I, for one, admire loyalty. Phil has been extremely loyal to UT. He has been around and a part of the UT athletic department for most of his adult life. He has constantly extolled the virtue of being a Vol and has sold the university's history and tradition to fans, recruits, and boosters alike. As a head coach (for thirteen years), his duties included much more than just overseeing the players on the practice field and on game days; he had to be a university/athletics spokesperson, fundraiser, collaborator, and administrator to a very large department and staff. History is ripe with many head football coaches who went on to become successful ADs (including Dooley Sr.). I believe that Fulmer's loyalty is an asset... especially his loyalty to UT.

The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca writes:

in response to FWBVol:

I'm a big fan of Doug Dickey the AD (Doug Dickey the coach that left for Florida is a different story), but tell me how much experience did Doug Dickey have as an AD when he took the UT job? I'll make it easy for you, he hadn't served one day as even an associate AD.

Doug Dickey's professional career in college athletics had been spent entirely as a football coach, and he had a degree in physical education.

I want UT to get the best man or woman possible for the job. If we can get someone that is a sitting AD at a power school that would be great, but only if they were the right person for the job.

Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart quickly let it be known that he wasn't interested in the job, but many people had him as a top choice. Barnhart went from an associate AD at UT to the top gun at Oregon and then Kentucky.

Just because someone's the AD at Northern Iowa or Furman instead of Iowa or Clemson it doesn't mean they aren't equally capable of doing the job. I wouldn't mind seeing a sitting AD hired from a lower tier DI school if they had previous experience in a senior associate AD capacity at a SEC or other major conference school.

Doug Dickey ran a couple of very large companies in between his coaching career and his AD career.

Pompey writes:

in response to 02champs#209256:

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...this article was written to gig the process of finding an AD. The problems at UT go far beyond athletics as this university is at one of its lowest ebbs in memory. It appears that Tennessee is in a transition from a major to a mid- major athletics program.

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to vol1:

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OMg, here we go again....

Just over an hour after this article found its way on the site, an acolyte chimes in with the "hire Fulmer" nonsense.

Phil Fulmer has NO EXPERIENCE as an AD. No other college/university is interested in him as a head coach, and we do not need him as an AD.

Tennessee needs to move forward, and that cannot be done with someone from the past.

ENOUGH! Turn the page.

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to 02champs#209256:

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EXACTLY!

Thank you.

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to linebam:

So your argument against Fulmer is that he is "too loyal"? That's sad... I, for one, admire loyalty. Phil has been extremely loyal to UT. He has been around and a part of the UT athletic department for most of his adult life. He has constantly extolled the virtue of being a Vol and has sold the university's history and tradition to fans, recruits, and boosters alike. As a head coach (for thirteen years), his duties included much more than just overseeing the players on the practice field and on game days; he had to be a university/athletics spokesperson, fundraiser, collaborator, and administrator to a very large department and staff. History is ripe with many head football coaches who went on to become successful ADs (including Dooley Sr.). I believe that Fulmer's loyalty is an asset... especially his loyalty to UT.

He was so "loyal" that he soaked the University for MILLIONS in his departure. Wow: if that's "loyalty," I would hate to think what it would have cost for us to get rid of someone who didn't possess so much "loyalty."

ENOUGH! It's time to turn the page.

KevDVol writes:

in response to gortrtt:

70 years of tradition and excellence under the leadership of AD's who were former football coaches who news THE BUSINESS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

8 years of missteps and gaffes from a guy who had a BUSINESS DEGREE.

Now UT is choosing the latter over the former? Brilliant.

What HE said!

VolAtUGA11 writes:

My guess is that this is really bad timing. Hard to look for an AD right before football starts and even more difficult with the NCAA ruling yet to be issued.

UT should take its time. Joan Cronan knows what she's doing and can continue at least until then.

ClearVol writes:

Bill Battle for UT AD.. he probably wouldn't take it anyway but he would be a good one!

UofTNVol writes:

So odd that during all that conjecture and hogwash Adams never bothered to mention that we have an AD right now. Gee, John, maybe THAT'S why we're not in a hurry. I don't know why we would even want to start looking until the NCAA wraps up their deal. I actually wish they would just let Joan remain AD until our women's and men's athletic departments are combined. What's the rush? We're in good hands.

volsfan74 writes:

Fire Phil, Fire Bruce, Fire Raleigh, Fire Bruce, Fire Hammy, now some are saying Fire Cheeks. Are we watching a season of the Apprentice? I do agree that some (maybe even all) that have been fired needed to go but it's got to stop and we have to get some stability within our Athletic Dept. No need to hurry out and hire an AD. No AD doesn't hurt recruiting, it shouldn't hurt the quality of a job the coaches do, so don't rush just make sure we hire the right Man/ Women to stay around for the long term! Joan is quite capable and can do the job on a permanent basis if needed.

keviningeorgia writes:

Nice to be a columnist. You can write snarky columns about "what's taking so long?" Or, "why did'nt we do a more thorough search?" Whichever best fits the situation, you never lose...

vut56#231073 writes:

in response to CleveVol:

This column reminds me of some mid-management guy who is not invited into the boardroom for the really important discussions. So, in the absence of first-hand knowledge, he becomes Chicken Little and decides the sky is falling.
I'm actually comforted by the fact that the search committee is taking its time and is not functioning in panic mode.
Seems to me that good journalists don't lament the lack of news--they furrow it out or they hold their drawers until there's something real to report. Maybe what I learned in my ancient journalism classes at UT has changed. But I don't think so. I ain't that old.

I strongly agree with this post. Others lament that we are not making a major splash with a big name hire. Pray tell me who, in a successful position, takes a lesser one. Who, doing a good job and well compensated, slides sideways? Unless it is going home to mamma or the weather. What is left and the route most likely to produce success is a recognized up and comer, who is offered a promotion and is eager for the opportunity. Woodruff and Dickey are mentioned as examples of what we seek. Neither had been ADs, and each were brought in through the "old boy" network. Dickey had success coaching at UT but not Florida. Woodruff, was sucessful as a player, but questionable as a coach. Today, each would be hooted out of town as candidates. As is happening to Fulmer (with far better credentials than either). Keep in mind, there are many, many non-BCS schools equal to UTK in size; some may not have as many active sports...but a good manager can manage anywhere. Adams, ever the wannabe comedy writer, should let it rest. We will get an AD when we get one. Things seem to be going fine, as it is.

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to vol1:

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You really need to turn the page, vol1. I truly feel sorry for you, but you have to turn the page.

None of the rationale offered by linebam makes the argument for Phil. If he were good at that list of activities, he would have been hired by another college/university as either a HC or AD. And yet, he isn't at another school (Nutt and Tuberville didn't seem to have any trouble finding another job). Moreover, the only talk of a potential job for him is for this AD position, and it is coming from his acolytes .

It's time to move forward. You really need to turn the page.

TKO writes:

The whole damn bunch is a walking/talking headache. Hire some person from a middle school and be done with it. Might even get some Div III dean of students, but that may be aiming high for the Cheekie guy.

dandyseniors#546965 writes:

in response to vol1:

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NO!!!!!

cltvol writes:

W Bush is available, if we are in a hurry and like the ready, fire, aim method. Al Gore's not busy (plus he invented athletic departments), Hillary Clinton (Slick Bill would like keeping her off the farm a few years longer), Barry Obama if we can wait till Jan. 2013,

tornado writes:

It is hard to believe that there is not a person of substance in the whole country who would be interested in this position. Chancellor Cheek has again showed a great capacity to screw up a simple task.

VolAlum03ISBACK (Inactive) writes:

in response to The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca:

The mere fact that they're calling this position Vice-Chancellor for Athletics is a sign that we're in trouble.

Right away, it sounds bureaucratic.

We need a guy in there who has been whacked across the nose at the line of scrimmage a few times. We don't need another person with soft hands and a high tolerance for sitting through long meetings.

Mike Hamilton's actions have hurt my alma mater in a very, very bad way.

We're in trouble. There's no room for error now.

We need a general in that job, not an MBA or accountant. We need someone who doesn't need an "executive search firm" to pick his leaders.

We need a man to step up, take charge, and be there to accept responsibility when the seas get rough.

We need a real leader.

Its funny. I bet you're the same type of guy who whines and complains when the candidates for US President don't have any experience running a business, but here you are advocating for someone who isn't a business leader....to run a business.

Guess what: the UT AD job entails sitting through long meetings, going over accounting logs, managing personnel, identifying and implementing innovative business ideas...all those boring, businesslike things that offensive linemen don't learn how to do.

Hamilton was a horrible A.D., but not because he had an MBA. It was because he was a horrible evaluator of talent. Just because Hamilton failed, it doesn't mean we should go out and put a former football player in the office for the simple fact that he got "whacked across the nose." Hamilton was a great generator of revenue and UT Athletics made money under his tenure. He was just a horrible judge of talent and after a while, fans stop paying to support an athletic department that is committed to mediocrity.

What we need is a person who has a proven track record of hiring talent AND the education to manage a $100 million business.

USMC_1959 writes:

in response to pomp_and_circumstance:

The Bluff City bowling league (or who/what ever) selects John Adams as the top sports writer in Tennessee every year. I think a new honor is due. The OBLIVION AWARD. Given to John Adams once a year at a black tie dinner to recognize the man who knows absolutely nothing. Does not recognize or comprehend anything. John sits down to dinner every night and has no idea what he is eating, until his wife explains it to him. Defines the difference between meat and vegatables. And the explanation makes him so excited he begins a monologue on art of laying concrete block, why Justin Bieber is overrated, and how the buggy wheels spin backwards in old black and white westerns. OBLIVION.

Don't know about JA as a top sports writer but you gotta be in the mix for the brilliant satirist award. Good stuff..keep it coming! We need a reason to keep reading thru some of the nonsense posted on this site!

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to coymoore#531076:

The day Coach Fulmer was fired as coach,he should have been hired as AD!

Why? The day Phil left was the very day we needed Johnny back as AD. Majors for AD.

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