Daniel Murphy: Nobody has been interviewed for UT AD

Search committee still waiting for candidate

The search to find Mike Hamilton's replacement began "immediately" on the day his impromptu resignation was announced.

That was June 7.

One month later, chancellor Jimmy Cheek and his five-person search committee have yet to interview a single candidate and there are no finite dates set for when that part of the hiring process is set to commence.

"People want to say 'this person's out, this person's in.' None of that's happened," said Daniel Murphy, UT's NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, Chairman of the University Athletics Board and a member of Cheek's search committee.

"We've hired a search firm and we're in the exploration phase. No decisions have been made on anybody. Nobody has been interviewed. You have to go through a very diligent process."

That, of course, applies to the likes of former Vols quarterback Heath Shuler, former football coach Phillip Fulmer, internal candidates and the litany of other athletic directors across the country whose names have been bandied about since Hamilton's resignation.

Cheek's original timeline to hire an athletic director hovered between six and eight weeks, which would precede the start of the football season. At last month's Board of Trustees meeting, women's athletic director Joan Cronan, a member of Cheek's search committee who is also serving as the athletic department's interim vice chancellor, said there is no reason to think that someone couldn't be hired by then.

"We're still looking and we're listening," said Cronan, who is away on vacation for the week. "I think right now the most important thing we can do is listen to our constituents. See what they're thinking and obviously we'll go forward.

"I love being the interim but I'm anxious to bring in somebody and see as we go forward and work through the transition."

Murphy said the search committee - which, along with Cronan, also features UT Provost Susan Martin, trustee Charles Anderson and high-profile donor John Tickle - hasn't been forced to meet very often because it is currently in the "exploration stage" of the process, which is being primarily facilitated by Parker Executive Search. UT hired the company last month and will pay it no less than $90,000 to assist in the search for Hamilton's replacement.

Murphy said there's been no need to rush Parker, which is under contract with the university through Aug. 13, because it's still relatively early into the process.

"These are very high-level positions," Murphy said. "I think they're unique positions and they're very important positions to our university. You've got to be very deliberate in the process you go through.

"I don't view this is as slow or anything. My gosh, you want slow, be involved in a faculty search. That's slow. That's six months."

Last year, Georgia needed just a little more than a month to find a replacement for athletic director Damon Evans, who was fired after he was arrested in embarrassing fashion for driving under the influence in Atlanta. That short amount of time, though, is far from the norm, especially when schools use a search firm.

In filling their athletic director vacancies over the past decade, Arkansas and Auburn needed seven and five months, respectively, to nail down a candidate.

Murphy said the interview process will begin once Parker presents the committee with "results."

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thetrollhunter writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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(crickets)

mountainbrook writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Darwin culled you from the list long ago.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Joan is pretty good. 9-17 the streak ends.

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Darwin culled you from the list long ago.

That was a classic! Doubt he gets it, though.

OrangePride writes:

That's fine...take your time. Many of us are just as happy to let Joan Cronan continue in the post for a while more. I'd rather this be a deliberate process that really identifies a blue chip hire. And, when using a search firm, it is not unusual that it take at least a month for them to get everything posted, applications assembled, and people veted before they forward a preliminary list for consideration. Better slow than sorry.

wreck429 writes:

in response to OrangePride:

That's fine...take your time. Many of us are just as happy to let Joan Cronan continue in the post for a while more. I'd rather this be a deliberate process that really identifies a blue chip hire. And, when using a search firm, it is not unusual that it take at least a month for them to get everything posted, applications assembled, and people veted before they forward a preliminary list for consideration. Better slow than sorry.

X2
Given the issues the AD faces strong candidates are needed, not the man of the hour.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

I'm waiting for the Parker Search Firm to contact me for the initial screening. Once they do, I'll appear on their "results" and eventually be hired.

Just a matter of time. And $90,000.

bUTchVFL writes:

As long as they get it right I don't care how long it takes.

beatlecakes writes:

I doubt if there will be any interviews until the results of the NCAA investigation. Only a substandard prospect would agree to interview before.

TommyJack writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Darwin culled you from the list long ago.

Touch'em all!

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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No. She's playing AD, but Da'rick Rogers is playing WR and he'll have Justin Hunter on the other side of the field. They've got a gunslinger from the wild wild west taking snaps and a few well-coached bulldozers on the Oline... Oh yeah, they've also got a pit bull in the backfield named Tauren... And best of all, they've got a lame duck named Brantley taking snaps for the other team....

Tennessee 33 Florida 13
The streak ends 9-17.

dvols writes:

coach fulmer.....

Voluvr writes:

No one's been interviewed because it's Cronan's.
No one else want's it because they're not paying enough for the job.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

A bit off topic...But I've felt that KNS is missing Dave Hooker for some time now. We were hard on him but we are Tennessee fans. We eat our own around here, LOL. He did a decent job covering recruiting IMO. On top of that, the 10AM show on The Sports Animal now sucks without him IMO. They now have Mike Griffith on there half the time...Nuff said.

Long story short, he's now covering recruiting for ESPN.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recrui...

VolzsFan writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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she is 98 years old.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

Joan is pretty good. 9-17 the streak ends.

9-17, the beatings continue.

VolzsFan writes:

Funny, I thought everyone wanted this job. I guess it like the recent coaching searches. The only candidates are those that need a job (Kiffin), need a break (Raleigh, Dooley) or need to stay ahead of the posse (Seranno).

tovolny writes:

The Parker Search Firm will do the interviewing first. This way candidates can say they haven't been contacted by anyone from UT. I would be very, very surprised if the UT people had already interviewed somebody. I just wonder why KNS felt it necessary to make this a news item. Just wondering...????

LiveFaith writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Phil. Is that you?

BigBadVol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Funny, I thought everyone wanted this job. I guess it like the recent coaching searches. The only candidates are those that need a job (Kiffin), need a break (Raleigh, Dooley) or need to stay ahead of the posse (Seranno).

Dude you're not funny. Nobody even responds to you. It very weak sauce. Please get a life. (I know that got you to giggle.) Is there a bigger mental midget than you on this board? I guess CantStandSaban runs a close second.

VolAlum03ISBACK (Inactive) writes:

Thank God we hired the Parker Executive Search Firm. Here's what our $90,000 gets us:

http://www.parkersearch.com/current-o...

That's amazing...now we just sit back and wait.

lafollette37766 writes:

in response to beatlecakes:

I doubt if there will be any interviews until the results of the NCAA investigation. Only a substandard prospect would agree to interview before.

I agree with you. Taking the job without knowing what the NCAA will do could be causing many potential candidates to stay well clear.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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did brantley win the heisman last year

crimsonviper writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Darwin culled you from the list long ago.

I chuckled.

LJS1984 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Bodeane, they aren't going to hire a Gator fan that lives in his mom's basement and acts like a five year old that has nothing else to do in life but post messages on a rivals website. You can go ahead and scratch your name off the list because all of the above applies to you.

volnsc writes:

Sadly, it is true that the "name" candidates are no longer knocking down the doors to come to UT for coaching or AD positions. And it isn't the money being offered or the lack of facilities. What's going on here?

CoverOrange writes:

in response to lafollette37766:

I agree with you. Taking the job without knowing what the NCAA will do could be causing many potential candidates to stay well clear.

I totally disagree. Most of the mopping up has already happened (offenders gone). This is a 10-20 year career job and you would turn down a salary higher than 98% of the country, a chance to rub elbows with famous or soon to be famous coaches, athletes, governors, etc., because it could be slow the first couple? Geez. The sanctions aren't the reason.

VOLliven2it writes:

Part of me wants to know who the next AD will be. It would be nice to know before football season. Another part wants them to get the right person and that may take some time. Most all of us are impatient. But I agree with the poster that any top candidate does not want to commit until knowing what the NCAA penalties will be. We hope they are not so bad but really no one can predict.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to volnsc:

Sadly, it is true that the "name" candidates are no longer knocking down the doors to come to UT for coaching or AD positions. And it isn't the money being offered or the lack of facilities. What's going on here?

Used to be AD was one of those nameless-faceless postions a majority didn't care about. Mike Hamilton has made it a household name position.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

A bit off topic...But I've felt that KNS is missing Dave Hooker for some time now. We were hard on him but we are Tennessee fans. We eat our own around here, LOL. He did a decent job covering recruiting IMO. On top of that, the 10AM show on The Sports Animal now sucks without him IMO. They now have Mike Griffith on there half the time...Nuff said.

Long story short, he's now covering recruiting for ESPN.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recrui...

Where did he find the time between all his troll postings under various names on here?

Flyfisherman writes:

I was wondering why my phone hadn't rung.....it's a long process....whew...!

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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Haw, haw, haw... I wish the comment section had an applause icon. That response was awesome, FlVol79.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Darwin culled you from the list long ago.

I think even someone as obnoxious as Gatorzz had to Chuckle at that comment. ESPY for Post of the Year.

jskid writes:

in response to Voluvr:

No one's been interviewed because it's Cronan's.
No one else want's it because they're not paying enough for the job.

No one wants it because Cheek is still the one to whom they report. Once Cheek is gone, the "results" will start rushing in. Cronan can have it if she wants it;we've seen we could do far worse.

orangeman1 writes:

I'm a little confused as to why the search committee consists of a UT trustee, the interim AD, UT NCAA faculty rep, UT provost, and a UT Donor yet a search firm is getting paid 90,000 dollars. What is the use in a search firm if all of the committee is made up of UT people? Wasnt this the same search firm that brought us Kiffin anyway?

CCLC writes:

I guess UT is following the Vandy game plan per the AD?
just sayin'

whiskeyman writes:

Our school is beginning to establish a trend of firing or running off a coach and/or administrator and then replacing that person with a lesser qualified and in most cases so far a less productive person. These errors in hiring hurt our ability to attract the more desirable candidates. Hope this trend is reversed as it relates to the AD's replacement! Jimmy Cheek may be a big part of the problem here!
RLW, Class of '74

volfan7 writes:

Fulmer is the obvious candidate to replace Hamilton. He has a reputation of honesty and fair play. He also is well-known by anyone who knows anything about college athletics. He has never been involved in a major scandal. His won-loss record is one of the best in the country.

Someone, please give me three reasons Fulmer should not be the next AD for Tennessee.

whiskeyman writes:

in response to volfan7:

Fulmer is the obvious candidate to replace Hamilton. He has a reputation of honesty and fair play. He also is well-known by anyone who knows anything about college athletics. He has never been involved in a major scandal. His won-loss record is one of the best in the country.

Someone, please give me three reasons Fulmer should not be the next AD for Tennessee.

Without a doubt, absolutely correct! As much as John Terrell Majors epitimized Tennessee Football, and should have accepted the AD's position but didn't, Phillip Fulmer for all the the right reasons should be in that office right now!

Volunatic writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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(crabs)

utvolfan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

she is 98 years old.

You must be 12.

CCLC writes:

"Considering the state of Tennessee athletics as it stands today, this is definitely one hire they need to get right. College athletics — especially football — are better when Tennessee is relevant."
just sayin'

kman29 writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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Half of Florida's schedule last year were against weak teams huh?

2010 schedule:

Miami (OH) 10-4 (Bowl winner)
S.Florida 8-5 (Bowl winner)
@ Tenn. 6-7 (Bowl Loss)
Kentucky 6-7 (Bowl Loss)
@ Alabama 10-3 (Bowl winner)
LSU 11-2 (Bowl winner)
Miss. St. 9-4 (Bowl winner)
Georgia 6-7 (Bowl Loss)
Vanderbilt 2-10
S.Carolina 9-5 (Bowl Loss)
App. State
FSU 10-4 (Bowl winner)
Penn St. 7-6 (Bowl Loss)

So I'm not sure what you consider to be weak teams but I'd find it hard to believe an SEC team who out of the 13 games played had 11 teams make it to a bowl game, 6 of which won their bowl, had Florida lost to Penn State it would have been 7. Outside of Vanderbilt and App. State (a consistant national title contender at the D1AA level) Not sure how any of the rest could be considered "weak". Not to defend Brantley because he did play pretty poorly, whether that was on him or the coaching staff not using him to his strengths remains to be seen. But lets be honest the best defense Bray faced in his 4 game stint was against Kentucky. A Kentucky team that Brantley and the UF offense rolled. So comparing the two QBs is irrelevant until Bray faces teams like Alabama, LSU, Georgia ect..

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to volfan7:

Fulmer is the obvious candidate to replace Hamilton. He has a reputation of honesty and fair play. He also is well-known by anyone who knows anything about college athletics. He has never been involved in a major scandal. His won-loss record is one of the best in the country.

Someone, please give me three reasons Fulmer should not be the next AD for Tennessee.

1. HE WAS FIRED FOR BAD JOB PERFORMANCE
2. HE IS ALREADY GETTING 6 MILLION FROM UT
3. HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE AS AN AD,
4. HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO HIRE AND FIRE ASSISTANT COACHES

crimsonviper writes:

in response to kman29:

Half of Florida's schedule last year were against weak teams huh?

2010 schedule:

Miami (OH) 10-4 (Bowl winner)
S.Florida 8-5 (Bowl winner)
@ Tenn. 6-7 (Bowl Loss)
Kentucky 6-7 (Bowl Loss)
@ Alabama 10-3 (Bowl winner)
LSU 11-2 (Bowl winner)
Miss. St. 9-4 (Bowl winner)
Georgia 6-7 (Bowl Loss)
Vanderbilt 2-10
S.Carolina 9-5 (Bowl Loss)
App. State
FSU 10-4 (Bowl winner)
Penn St. 7-6 (Bowl Loss)

So I'm not sure what you consider to be weak teams but I'd find it hard to believe an SEC team who out of the 13 games played had 11 teams make it to a bowl game, 6 of which won their bowl, had Florida lost to Penn State it would have been 7. Outside of Vanderbilt and App. State (a consistant national title contender at the D1AA level) Not sure how any of the rest could be considered "weak". Not to defend Brantley because he did play pretty poorly, whether that was on him or the coaching staff not using him to his strengths remains to be seen. But lets be honest the best defense Bray faced in his 4 game stint was against Kentucky. A Kentucky team that Brantley and the UF offense rolled. So comparing the two QBs is irrelevant until Bray faces teams like Alabama, LSU, Georgia ect..

^^^^^^^
Too long...Did not read.
Try again,krapman.

FarmerVol writes:

A Knoxville relative asked me if I would take the AD job if offered. I politely said "absolutely not at any price. Why whould anyone want to take a beating every day?" The real villans in this fairytale farce are a few members of the Board of Trustees and their meddling ways, which, in earnest, started back in 2001. Look close at Mr. Cheek next time you see him and you can see the strings attached. They are as big as small ropes, especially the one around his neck. Gov. Bill, we need some new folk on the Board, so we will see better selections in UT governance and better selections in UT athletic guidance! If you don't get it done you won't get my vote again for next time and GBO!!

joeaubie writes:

Serious question for the VOL fans: would you rather see the hire be someone with close UT ties (Fulmer, Shuler, etc) or a person considered as one of the elite ADs in the country (or considered as potentially one of the best)? When Auburn hired Jacobs a few years ago, I was a little ticked with the homerism vs. a true national search, although it was worked out pretty well thus far. Curious as to your thoughts

orangeman1 writes:

in response to joeaubie:

Serious question for the VOL fans: would you rather see the hire be someone with close UT ties (Fulmer, Shuler, etc) or a person considered as one of the elite ADs in the country (or considered as potentially one of the best)? When Auburn hired Jacobs a few years ago, I was a little ticked with the homerism vs. a true national search, although it was worked out pretty well thus far. Curious as to your thoughts

I would rather have someone with UT ties because loyalty and love for the university means alot when making decisions. As for an Elite AD, that is just a dream for some fans. UT wont get an Elite AD away from another university if the hires are anyting like what they've done lately. It will be a midmajor AD or asst AD at a major University. Like you said, your hire worked out pretty well considering Auburn is a football school and you just won a title 2 years after firing your head coach. Thats a big contrast from what has happened at UT in the last couple of years, and part of that is because Hamilton went outside and brought in Kiffin who also had not ties or loyalty to UT. We all know how that turned out.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

^^^^^^^
Too long...Did not read.
Try again,krapman.

I will help you since you appear to be a Bama fan with trouble reading. He made the point that Florida did play alot of good teams last year and their schedule was far from weak. And that Bray didnt play against as tough of teams as Brantley which is true. I do think Bray will be a better QB in the long run, but he has to prove it against tough opponents.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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We tried that but he found his way to USC.

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