From what I'm hearing, Tennessee's search for a new athletic director hasn't inspired a ton of confidence. That goes for the searchers and the process.
It's been more than a month since Mike Hamilton announced he was, uh, going to pursue other interests. Vol fans seem to be frustrated by the perceived slow pace of the quest to name his successor.
That said, a swifter pace might have led to a mushroom cloud rising over the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.
Some believed Dan Radakovich of Georgia Tech to be the search committee's imminent selection. Then word of Georgia Tech's NCAA penalties hit the fan last Thursday.
The NCAA wasn't especially impressed by Georgia Tech's sense of cooperation with the investigation. All of a sudden, an otherwise attractive candidate has some 'splaining to do - if anyone at UT is still listening.
This search has been quiet once knee-jerk denials of interest were issued by several perceived candidates. That was to be expected in the early, undefined hours of the process.
But weeks have passed. At the moment, I'm not aware of a realistic name the administration could run up the flagpole that would elicit a universal salute.
Steve Orsini of SMU, Bubba Cunningham of Tulsa or Mike Thomas of Cincinnati might turn out to be excellent choices, but they would have to grow on a surly fan base over time.
Orsini, a co-captain on a 1977 Notre Dame national championship team, has a nice resume, running Conference USA programs at SMU and Central Florida.
Tulsa is a strong mid-major. Cunningham was all but introduced as the new AD at Kansas in December but backed out. He may be a Bubba but he too is from Notre Dame.
Thomas took over a tough situation at Cincinnati, post-Bob Huggins, and has made some progress. If nothing else he's the guy who gave Brian Kelly a shot.
The in-house candidate is David Blackburn. And if I'm Blackburn, I'd plant my feet and hang in there.
One strike against Blackburn, he isn't a sitting AD, a requirement the committee has used to defuse the candidacy of several interested parties, including Phillip Fulmer.
He is, however, a longtime veteran of the department. And as such, he surely recalls the 2003 AD search that ended with Hamilton succeeding his mentor, Doug Dickey.
Hamilton wasn't the people's choice. He got an interview early on, then watched the search committee flirt with one candidate then another.
John Shumaker was the president then and, in comparison, I'm not sure current UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek doesn't come off looking like Abe Lincoln.
The 2003 search devolved into a PR comedy of errors. If the details are fuzzy call Ron Wellman at Wake Forest or Joe Castiglione at Oklahoma.
Ultimately, Shumaker stood on the front steps of his Sequoyah Hills home - the one with the gold-plated barbecue grill - one May afternoon and introduced Hamilton.
"My theory through the whole process,'' Hamilton said that day, "has always been to be the last man standing.''
It was an effective strategy for a flawed process.
Who knows, it might yet work for Blackburn too.