Mike Hamilton announces his resignation as Athletics Director for the University of Tennessee
Reactions to news of Mike Hamilton's resignation
A look at significant events in Mike Hamilton’s tenure as University of Tennessee athletic director.
1992: Hired by athletic director Doug Dickey as senior associate athletics director in charge of development and marketing.
May 10, 2003: Promoted to athletic director after a nationwide search. His first day on job is July 1, 2003
March 14, 2005: Fires basketball coach Buzz Peterson, who is given a buyout of $1.39 million.
April 2, 2005: Hires Bruce Pearl as Peterson’s replacement.
July 13, 2005: Moves Chris Mahony status from acting men’s tennis coach to permanent.
Aug. 23, 2005: Announces football greats Reggie White, Doug Atkins and Peyton Manning will have their numbers retired in separate ceremonies.
Sept. 13, 2005: Announces that North Carolina has been added to the football schedule for 2011-12
Sept. 20, 2005: Announces that Oklahoma has been added to the football schedule for 2014-15.
Sept. 26, 2005: Is on bus in Baton Rouge, La., headed to Monday night LSU game when it is pelted by fans and has three windows broken.
Oct. 3, 2005: Meets with football coach Phillip Fulmer after practice and Fulmer announced troubled linebacker Daniel Brooks has been dismissed from team.
Nov. 2, 2005: Announces baseball coach Rod Delmonico has been given a five-year extension at $190,000 a year that will run his contract through 2010.
Nov. 7, 2005: Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders has resigned from football team.
Nov. 29, 2005: Discloses Fulmer will not get a raise or contract extension after a 5-6 season. He also suggests to Fulmer a “letter to fans” meant to encourage support after the bad season — a suggestion Fulmer accepts.
Dec. 5, 2005: Discloses costs of a multi-phase major renovation of Neyland Stadium will go up by $9 because of the increased cost of steel. The project is one among many underway or planned at UT including soccer and softball fields, a new administration building and a rebuilt baseball stadium.
Dec. 17, 2005: Is on the bench as the basketball Vols, under first-year Pearl, shock No. 6 Texas 95-78
Dec. 22, 2005: Says UT cannot be expected to continue to give as much financial support to the University and maintain all of its sports programs. With $64 million in revenue UT is acknowledges as one of few major universities operating in the black.
Dec. 23, 2005: Says he has asked for a proposal from Bruton Smith’s staff considering a football game at Bristol International Raceway with Virginia Tech but never received a response. UT acknowledged that the game will not happen.
December 2005: David Cutcliffe rehired as football offensive coordinator.
Jan. 14, 2006: Discloses attendance is up more than 4,000 for men’s basketball.
Feb. 15, 2006: Announces first increase in football ticket prices since 2001, going from $38 apiece to a range of $40 to $44.
March 8, 2006: Announces an agreement has been reached to boost Pearl’s contract from $800,000 to $1.3 million annually on a six-year deal.
March 12, 2006: Vols get No. 2 seed in NCAA basketball tournament. They would lose to Wichita State in the second round.
March 14, 2006: Pearl named SEC Coach of the Year.
March 15, 2006: At UT Board of Trustees meeting, he estimates men’s basketball has brought in $800,000 more than the year before. He also says the UT athletic department brought in $69.2 million in revenue.
June 19, 2006: Gets three-year contract extension and raise from $236,900 to $261,500.
June 22, 2006: Announces UT will play Nebraska in football in 2014-15.
July 12, 2006: Announce Host Communications will pay $83.4 million over next decade for multi-media rights to UT athletics.
Aug. 31, 2006: Unveils completion of Phase I of Neyland Stadium renovations, which includes 422 lush East Club seats.
Sept. 23, 2006: Tells the athletics board that department had a $3.6 million profit in 2006.
Oct. 10, 2006: Announces suspension of then News Sentinel sportswriter Dave Hooker for violation of a rule concerning contact with a player, a decision disputed and criticized by the News Sentinel.
Oct. 20, 2006: Attends groundbreaking ceremony for the $16 million Pratt Pavilion, basketball practice facility.
Oct. 25, 2006: Hires Sam Winterbotham as tennis coach, replacing Mahony, who resigned after the previous season.
Jan. 29, 2007: Announces opening phase of a three-part, $8 million renovation to Lindsay Nelson Stadium.
March 6, 2007: Announces Fulmer is receiving a two-year extension to his contact to extend it to 2013. His salary remains the same at $2.05 million annually.
March 26, 2007: Grants University of Iowa permission to talk with Pearl about a coaching vacancy.
June 3, 2007: Announces UT will buy out the final three years of Delmonico’s contract, owing him $430,000.
June 21, 2007: Announces hiring of Western Carolina’s Todd Raleigh as UT baseball coach. The deal is for five years at roughly $275,000.
July 12, 2007: Announces a $161,000 jump in the salary pool for assistant football coaches to $1.721 million.
Aug. 2, 2007: Announces a raise in salaries for assistant basketball coaches from $472,246 to $511,946.
Aug. 8, 2007: Goes on tour of Eastern Europe with men’s basketball team.
Aug. 18, 2007: Announces Todd Helton’s baseball jersey will be retired at UT.
Aug. 18, 2007: Is on hand as UT opens its new women’s soccer stadium, Regal Soccer Stadium, with a win over Carson-Newman.
Oct. 3, 2007: Is on hand as UT announces the Institute on Leadership, Ethics and Diversity (I-LEAD), designed to promote good citizenship among its athletes.
Oct. 17, 2007: Gives media a tour of renovated Thompson-Boling Arena and Pratt Pavilion at cost of $37 million.
Dec. 15, 2007: Cutcliffe accepts head coaching job at Duke. Assistant coaches Matt Luke and Kurt Roper later join him.
Feb. 22, 2008: Defends Fulmer in a letter to season ticketholders.
March 30, 2008: Announces 6.4 percent raise in season football ticket prices.
June 4, 2008: Promotes John Currie to associate athletic director.
July 2, 2008: Announces $215,000 in raises for assistant football coaches from a total of $1.72 million to $1.935 million.
July 2, 2008: Announces giving Fulmer a raise from $2.05 to $2.4 million per year and Pearl receives a raise from $1.3 million to $1.6 million. Fulmer’s contract is designed to escalate to $3.3 million in its last year.
Sept. 4, 2008: Announces a two-year football agreement with the University of Connecticut 2015-16.
Sept. 12, 2008: Helps dedicate Hank and Betty Lauricella Center at Neyland Stadium. The area is a place for former UT athletes to gather before and after football games.
Nov. 3, 2008: Dismisses Fulmer as UT football coach and says Fulmer’s $6 million buyout will be honored.
Dec. 1, 2008: Announces hiring of former Oakland Raiders coach Lane Kiffin to replace Fulmer. Hiring also includes hiring of Kiffin’s father, Monte Kiffin, as defensive coordinator.
Jan. 22, 2009: Discloses that UT’s football coaching staff will earn $5.325 million this season, including $3.325 million for assistants — a figure believed to be the highest for any staff of assistants in the country.
Feb. 6, 2009: Discloses that Fulmer has been granted an office at UT.
Feb. 23, 2009: Announces consolidation of some operations within the men’s and women’s athletic department.
March 30, 2009: Announces UT Martin has been added to the 2010 football schedule.
April 3, 2009: Disclosed that Pearl’s contract has been restructured with retention bonuses and buyout clauses increased.
April 18, 2009: Tells athletic board at spring meeting that further consolidation of athletics board is planned and says football fell $2.2 million short of projections in 2008.
May 14, 2009: Currie named AD at Kansas State.
May 15, 2009: Promotes Chris Fuller to replace Currie.
May 19, 2009: Bill Webb resigns as track coach.
June 22, 2009: Promotes J.J. Clark to direct both the men’s and women’s track and field programs.
June 30, 2009: Gives Pearl a six-year contract at $1.9 million a year — a 9.5 percent raise.
July 10, 2009: Gets a raise from $339,575 to $600,000 for 2009-10. It included a one-time lump sum of $125,000.
Aug. 13, 2009: Says donations are up to the program with $28 million secured to begin work on a 125,000-square-foot athletic complex.
Aug. 23, 2009: Arrives with his family in Knoxville, returning from Ethiopia with his three adopted Ethiopian children.
Oct. 30, 2009: Announces Kiffin’s contract, notable because it includes a clause concerning secondary violations after Kiffin received several shortly after taking the UT job.
Nov. 7, 2009: Tells the UT athletics board that the department budget has gone over $100 million at $100,850,000 — up 15 percent from the previous year.
December 2009: Two members of the Tennessee “Orange Pride” hostess organization are pictured with several Vol prospects at a football game in Duncan, S.C. — a violation of NCAA rules.
Dec. 12, 2009: Says he does not believe UT committed a violation when staff member Steve Rubio contacted prospects in Florida.
Dec. 16, 2009: Announces Tennessee failed to reach the 100,000 mark in home attendance per-game average for the first time since 1995.
Dec. 23, 2009: Work continues on a $1.1 million renovation to Tom Black Track.
Jan. 4, 2010: Announces a “zero-tolerance” policy on drugs and weapons after four Vol basketball players are found with both in the car on New Year’s Day. The month before, three football players were involved in an attempted armed robbery at a convenience store parking lot.
Jan. 12, 2010: Accepts the Kiffin’s resignation after Kiffin accepts a job at Southern Cal, taking his father and other staff members with him. The announcement sparks a near riot on campus.
Jan. 15, 2010: Hires Louisiana Tech’s Derek Dooley to replace Kiffin.
Jan. 24, 2010: Discloses the department reported at loss of $3.2 million in 2008-09 mainly due to the coaching shake-ups and buyouts.
Feb. 4, 2010: Justin Wilcox hired as defensive coordinator for $650,000 annually.
Feb. 23, 2010: Discloses salaries totalling $4.525 million for Dooley’s 10-member coaching staff, including $1.8 million for Dooley, who received a six-year contract.
March 14, 2010: Basketball Vols get a sixth seed for NCAA tournament. They fall to Michigan State in the Elite 8, the farthest UT has even gone in the tournament.
April 14, 2010: A task force urges that UT athletic department should report directly to the UT Knoxville chancellor instead of the UT system president.
April 27, 2010: Named campaign chairman for the United Way of Greater Knoxville.
May 10, 2010: Accepts resignation of assistant athletic director for public relations Tiffany Carpenter.
June 21, 2010: Ticket sales sag with 1,000 fewer being sold to 67,000 for 2010 season.
July 7, 2010: Rejects offer to play Southern Cal in football in 2011.
July 26, 2010: Announces Montana to open 2011 football season.
July 30, 2010: Rejects Dooley suggestion to put artificial turf in Neyland Stadium.
Aug. 17, 2010: Announces plans to drop North Carolina from schedule and add Buffalo.
Sept. 10, 2010: Announces a pay cut for $1.5 million for Pearl after Pearl admits lying to the NCAA over hosting a barbecue at which prospects were in attendance. Hamilton also announces at the press conference that UT has received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA.
Oct. 22, 2010: Pearl says he plans to sign a new contract with UT, and Hamilton restates that he has no intention of firing Pearl.
Nov. 12, 2010: New $3.5 million Mack and Johnnie Day Intercollegiate Golf Practice Facility is dedicated.
Nov. 14, 2010: Tells athletic board his department had a $4,058,820 surplus for 2010.
Nov. 19, 2010: SEC suspends Pearl eight games.
Feb. 23, 2011: NCAA delivers Notice of Allegation, which includes 10 violations in the basketball program, two in the football program and one for the athletic department.
March 16, 2011: Says on a radio show that he will consider Pearl’s status after season. Stating this shortly before an NCAA tournament game, Hamilton is blasted by Vol fans for demoralizing the team. He later apologized for the remarks.
March 21, 2011: Fires Pearl after six seasons and announces it will pay Pearl $948,728.
March 27, 2011: Hires Missouri State’s Cuonzo Martin to a five-year deal worth $1.3 million a year.
May 23, 2011: Fires Raleigh as baseball coach. He will receive $331,657.53.
June 7, 2011: Resigns as UT athletic director.