Mike Hamilton's payout larger for resigning

Negotiations over separation started with note in Florida

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton, left, introduces new football coach Derek Dooley on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at Neyland Stadium. Dooley was hired as the 22nd head football coach at UT after Lane Kiffin bolted to take Southern California job. Hamilton resigned as AD on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Photo by Adam Brimer

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton, left, introduces new football coach Derek Dooley on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 at Neyland Stadium. Dooley was hired as the 22nd head football coach at UT after Lane Kiffin bolted to take Southern California job. Hamilton resigned as AD on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

Mike Hamilton's 2009 contract extension with the University of Tennessee

Mike Hamilton's Separation Agreement and Release

The University of Tennessee will pay Mike Hamilton up to $67,140 more upon his resignation as athletic director than it would have had he been fired.

Under the separation agreement, Hamilton is not allowed to speak disparagingly about the university. Such a restriction would not have applied had Hamilton been fired.

In total, Hamilton will begin to receive $1,731,755 in compensation after June 30 - a payout that the university admits he is not entitled to, but that Chancellor Jimmy Cheek felt "was the right thing to do," said UT officials.

That figure includes:

* $400,000 per year in base salary for the three remaining years on his contract;

* $45,000 per year in supplemental income from broadcast media contracts, which is half of what he would have received if he were fired;

* An estimated $184,140 in lifetime tickets and parking passes to men's basketball and football games (estimated at $6,820 per year for 27 years at current prices);

* Up to $18,000 in medical benefits for one year, though that number does not subtract Hamilton's contribution.

Also, he will receive $64,615 for 42 unused vacation days and an estimated $130,000 in earned bonuses for the athletic and academic performance of teams this year, both payments he also would have received if he had been fired.

Had UT fired Hamilton, he would have received $1,664,615 in total compensation.

The negotiations surrounding the termination began in Destin, Fla., when Hamilton approached Cheek with a sheet of paper that outlined "information about his termination," Cheek said at the Tuesday news conference announcing Hamilton's resignation.

Cheek discarded that sheet of paper, which the News Sentinel attempted to receive through a public records request, and has refused to talk about the paper's contents. Hamilton also did not return calls for comment.

"That piece of paper gave (Cheek) an idea of what Mike wanted. It was nothing formal," said Margie Nichols, vice chancellor for communications. "Once he had an idea of what Mike was looking for, then what happens is it goes to our legal counsel and his legal counsel. So there was no reason for him to keep (the paper)."

Cheek insisted that Hamilton was not forced to resign, though typically if employees do resign, they are not given any payout other than owed vacation time.

"I think what Chancellor Cheek would say was that it was the right thing to do," Nichols said. "Mike has been here 19 years, he's served the university well, he's raised $413 million and I think (Cheek) believed it was the right thing to do."

Though Cheek thought Hamilton deserved the more than $1.7 million in compensation, he did not think Hamilton had earned his $50,000 discretionary bonus.

The discretionary bonus, which Hamilton has received at least in part for the last five years, is typically decided upon following the athletic director's annual performance review during the summer. Though Hamilton had not had his evaluation yet, Cheek decided not to give Hamilton that bonus regardless of his decision to resign, Nichols said.

In past years, Hamilton reported to the president of the UT system, who decided whether to administer the discretionary bonus based upon a list of factors that included compliance with NCAA rules, according to Hamilton's contract.

In addition to his base salary, which under his current contract is $400,000, Hamilton has received $831,880 in bonuses during his eight-year tenure as athletic director.

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CoverOrange writes:

Good job saving that $50 grand! Now about that hush money. What is it you want hushed?

LJS1984 writes:

Mike Hamilton, the Clemson grad that turned the once powerful Tennessee athletics program into the Clemson of the SEC. Underachievers in every sport during his reign with heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss.

Sweet_T writes:

Out of control.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Mike Hamilton, the Clemson grad that turned the once powerful Tennessee athletics program into the Clemson of the SEC. Underachievers in every sport during his reign with heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss.

Might want to be careful talking bad about Clemson being under acheivers....Seems to me that UT has some bad memories of some recent football games....just sayin'

born2ride writes:

It is worth the money to be rid of Hamilton. He ruined UT football and basketball.

Now we need to fire Gator Head Cheek.

And replace Dooley and Martin with big name coaches that can make the Vols an elite program again. They were terrible choices by Hamilton.

Go Vols!

chrisw2967 writes:

UTs debt is about to catch up with the debt of America.Is there not anybody UT doesnt owe?I bet if one looked hard enough they probably owe China for something.I wish somebody would pay me over a Million dollars to just go away.

UofTNVol writes:

Mike Hamilton is the best AD we have ever had. Hie one terrible screw up was holding on to our beloved legend Phil for too long, and paying too big a buyout for his obsolete axx. Otherwise, Hamilton has been a great, (YEAH GREAT) AD.

Kelly8 writes:

Let me get this straight...

Hamilton fires Fulmer, hires Kiffin, Kiffin leaves, hires Dooley, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Peterson, hires Pearl, fires Pearl, hires Martin, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Delmonico, hires Raleigh, fires Raleigh, still no coach.

Football - coming off a 6-7 season, 4th in the East, with career losing-record WAC coach now in his second year, embarrassed by one year of Kiffin, facing sanctions because of Kiffin et al., still paying Fulmer, bought out of UNC home and home, rising ticket prices, empty seats, and stadium improvements primarily for the wealthy (West Club and TN Terrace being the most recent), competing with Saban, Spurrier, Richt, Chizik, Miles, Petrino, Muschamp.

Basketball - coming off a 19-15 season, fourth place East finish, 30 point NCAA first round blowout, unproven first year head coach, national embarrassment because of Pearl et al., almost no one returning, about to get hit with major penalties in Indy (probably scholarships, maybe postseason ban), competing against the likes of Calipari, Donovan, Stallings, Fox and Grant.

Baseball - after firing a coach with multiple CWS trips, we hire Raleigh, haven't been to the SEC tournament in four years, much less NCAA tourney, sorry attendance, NCAA investigation (turned up nothing), still no coach.

With a top 5 athletic budget, world class facilities, and the most loyal fans in the country (top 5 attendance in football AND men's basketball...no one else has that), Mike Hamilton managed to screw it all up.

He's given a $1.7 million golden parachute which, as the article states, even UT doesn't believe he earned, which includes the same type of hush money given to Pearl. Then at his farewell press conference, the chancellor of the university runs and hides before Adams and the rest even get a chance to question him about the severance pay. Keep it classy, UT. You're antagonizing your fanbase, and making even third generation UT grads such as myself start to think twice about giving a phooey. Hire Fulmer, and I'm done for life. We fired him because he couldn't run the football program, please don't hire him to run the entire athletic department.

fratricide08 writes:

An AD should NOT make that much money. The extra he got for resigning alone is more than pretty much all PROFESSORS make and FAR more than our state reps and state senators!

Vol1983 writes:

The board needs to force Jimmy Cheek to go. He is the root of the problem.

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Good job saving that $50 grand! Now about that hush money. What is it you want hushed?

Agreed. They're covering something big. The main thing I diagree with is the lifetime tickets at EVERYONE'S expense. That just doesn't seem right to me and I can't understand why the students aren't raising he!! about it. Afterall didn't he take away their rights to free or reduced ticket prices?

LJS1984 writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED:

Might want to be careful talking bad about Clemson being under acheivers....Seems to me that UT has some bad memories of some recent football games....just sayin'

Yeah, that was one badly coached and prepared football team led by Phil Fulmer. Other than that day Tennessee has pretty much owned ClemPson.

jjsteel writes:

Figures don't lie.
Liars figure.

RespectYourElders writes:

in response to born2ride:

It is worth the money to be rid of Hamilton. He ruined UT football and basketball.

Now we need to fire Gator Head Cheek.

And replace Dooley and Martin with big name coaches that can make the Vols an elite program again. They were terrible choices by Hamilton.

Go Vols!

Big name coaches didn't want to come here. Cuonzo hasn't even been given a chance yet. And, Dooley was still working with what's-his-name's recruits. Why doesn't everyone chill out a little?

powert#205805 writes:

in response to LJS1984:

Mike Hamilton, the Clemson grad that turned the once powerful Tennessee athletics program into the Clemson of the SEC. Underachievers in every sport during his reign with heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss.

More like using what he learned early in his career to turn us into Wake Forest.

bobbarbilly writes:

Holy cow!! A fellow could make a pretty good livin' from UT at this "quittin'" business.

RDW writes:

What is Cheek trying to cover up? What in the world has happened to our beloved University that we need to payoff people to keep them quite re: the program? Please, if there is any justice fire little Jimmy!!

thevoice writes:

Gee, was wondering why tuition hikes keep happening. Now I know why.

arkyvol writes:

hammy cashes in but he ain't allowed to say bad things about the program he ran into a ditch?
helluva deal!

tmartin writes:

Heck, with that kind of deal, I'd resign too even if I wasnt the most hated man in Tennessee and the creator of the biggest FUBAR ever.

tnvolfan30 writes:

Kills me how the Sports Animal cronies said that his buyout was LESS than if he were fired. I'm over the way local radio "protects" UT and doesn't give all the facts. The truth will come out so quit acting like experts and just give us the scores!

VolzsFan writes:

Fact: The AD reports to the Chancellor. The Chancellor reports to the President. The President reports to the Governor. We know who the Governor reports to which also happens to be the largest donor at UT. Those of you that do not understand who calls all the shots or delegates does not understand the chain of command.

Fact2: No one quits a $700K job on their own when they know that they will never have such a position or make that type of money again. Anyone that believes this was a Hamilton resignation is nuts. Call it what you want as they did for contractual reasons, but he was told he was done period.

Now back to the aftermath of the worst AD in school history.

Classof72 writes:

You can't spell 'buyoUT' without UT. UTAD has about $11 million in buyoUTs now. They buyoUT coaches, they buyoUT athletic directors, they even buyoUT football games they fear to play. The UTAD has only one game maxim: "Take the money and run." They pay everyone but the players; no wonder they don't win championships.

MikeTheTiger writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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that was a good article. I think he probably nailed what has gone on.

MikeTheTiger writes:

in response to tnvolfan30:

Kills me how the Sports Animal cronies said that his buyout was LESS than if he were fired. I'm over the way local radio "protects" UT and doesn't give all the facts. The truth will come out so quit acting like experts and just give us the scores!

turn to 1180 am. they bring the truth!

slide writes:

in response to bobbarbilly:

Holy cow!! A fellow could make a pretty good livin' from UT at this "quittin'" business.

Like!

eVOLved writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

UTs debt is about to catch up with the debt of America.Is there not anybody UT doesnt owe?I bet if one looked hard enough they probably owe China for something.I wish somebody would pay me over a Million dollars to just go away.

It's possible, but first you will need to have a considerable period of time in which you are under contract to do something for multi-million dollars. Let me know when it happens.

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Let me get this straight...

Hamilton fires Fulmer, hires Kiffin, Kiffin leaves, hires Dooley, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Peterson, hires Pearl, fires Pearl, hires Martin, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Delmonico, hires Raleigh, fires Raleigh, still no coach.

Football - coming off a 6-7 season, 4th in the East, with career losing-record WAC coach now in his second year, embarrassed by one year of Kiffin, facing sanctions because of Kiffin et al., still paying Fulmer, bought out of UNC home and home, rising ticket prices, empty seats, and stadium improvements primarily for the wealthy (West Club and TN Terrace being the most recent), competing with Saban, Spurrier, Richt, Chizik, Miles, Petrino, Muschamp.

Basketball - coming off a 19-15 season, fourth place East finish, 30 point NCAA first round blowout, unproven first year head coach, national embarrassment because of Pearl et al., almost no one returning, about to get hit with major penalties in Indy (probably scholarships, maybe postseason ban), competing against the likes of Calipari, Donovan, Stallings, Fox and Grant.

Baseball - after firing a coach with multiple CWS trips, we hire Raleigh, haven't been to the SEC tournament in four years, much less NCAA tourney, sorry attendance, NCAA investigation (turned up nothing), still no coach.

With a top 5 athletic budget, world class facilities, and the most loyal fans in the country (top 5 attendance in football AND men's basketball...no one else has that), Mike Hamilton managed to screw it all up.

He's given a $1.7 million golden parachute which, as the article states, even UT doesn't believe he earned, which includes the same type of hush money given to Pearl. Then at his farewell press conference, the chancellor of the university runs and hides before Adams and the rest even get a chance to question him about the severance pay. Keep it classy, UT. You're antagonizing your fanbase, and making even third generation UT grads such as myself start to think twice about giving a phooey. Hire Fulmer, and I'm done for life. We fired him because he couldn't run the football program, please don't hire him to run the entire athletic department.

EXCELLANT POST !!!!!!!!!

DeeBee writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Let me get this straight...

Hamilton fires Fulmer, hires Kiffin, Kiffin leaves, hires Dooley, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Peterson, hires Pearl, fires Pearl, hires Martin, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Delmonico, hires Raleigh, fires Raleigh, still no coach.

Football - coming off a 6-7 season, 4th in the East, with career losing-record WAC coach now in his second year, embarrassed by one year of Kiffin, facing sanctions because of Kiffin et al., still paying Fulmer, bought out of UNC home and home, rising ticket prices, empty seats, and stadium improvements primarily for the wealthy (West Club and TN Terrace being the most recent), competing with Saban, Spurrier, Richt, Chizik, Miles, Petrino, Muschamp.

Basketball - coming off a 19-15 season, fourth place East finish, 30 point NCAA first round blowout, unproven first year head coach, national embarrassment because of Pearl et al., almost no one returning, about to get hit with major penalties in Indy (probably scholarships, maybe postseason ban), competing against the likes of Calipari, Donovan, Stallings, Fox and Grant.

Baseball - after firing a coach with multiple CWS trips, we hire Raleigh, haven't been to the SEC tournament in four years, much less NCAA tourney, sorry attendance, NCAA investigation (turned up nothing), still no coach.

With a top 5 athletic budget, world class facilities, and the most loyal fans in the country (top 5 attendance in football AND men's basketball...no one else has that), Mike Hamilton managed to screw it all up.

He's given a $1.7 million golden parachute which, as the article states, even UT doesn't believe he earned, which includes the same type of hush money given to Pearl. Then at his farewell press conference, the chancellor of the university runs and hides before Adams and the rest even get a chance to question him about the severance pay. Keep it classy, UT. You're antagonizing your fanbase, and making even third generation UT grads such as myself start to think twice about giving a phooey. Hire Fulmer, and I'm done for life. We fired him because he couldn't run the football program, please don't hire him to run the entire athletic department.

Great post!

twhite#364344 writes:

in response to fratricide08:

An AD should NOT make that much money. The extra he got for resigning alone is more than pretty much all PROFESSORS make and FAR more than our state reps and state senators!

What do you think they should make. What about football coaches. If you think you can get an a.d. for less running a 100million dollar business you are crazy.

Vol4Him writes:

I'm not that smart, but I do have my Ph.D. in Business. Why on earth would you say that giving an employee who resigns the rest of their money (1.7 million) is the right thing to do. Does Cheek think UT fans and others are that stupid? Seriously! It is obvious Mike was forced to resign and an agreement was made, so that it looked better than firing him. But no one is entitled or even should get the rest of their contractual money if they quit. Sorry, I hope no one in Vol Nation is buying what Cheek is selling.

GerryOP writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Amy, for the 100-billion-gadzillionth time, coaches do not get paid from tax dollars. They are paid out of donor contributions and Ath Dept revenues. The UTAD is a standalone business entity and annually returns a profit.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Vol4Him:

I'm not that smart, but I do have my Ph.D. in Business. Why on earth would you say that giving an employee who resigns the rest of their money (1.7 million) is the right thing to do. Does Cheek think UT fans and others are that stupid? Seriously! It is obvious Mike was forced to resign and an agreement was made, so that it looked better than firing him. But no one is entitled or even should get the rest of their contractual money if they quit. Sorry, I hope no one in Vol Nation is buying what Cheek is selling.

You are proof that PhD stands for Piled Higher and Deeper. Also proof that some UT fans and others ARE that stupid.

knoxchatter writes:

in response to UofTNVol:

Mike Hamilton is the best AD we have ever had. Hie one terrible screw up was holding on to our beloved legend Phil for too long, and paying too big a buyout for his obsolete axx. Otherwise, Hamilton has been a great, (YEAH GREAT) AD.

Man, you must be at BONAROO smokin' herbs or something! 'Great athletic director??' How so?...sure, he raised tons of money for the athletic dept. It's a good thing, because the dept. needs it for all of these buyouts and payoffs....now including Hamilton's....that have occurred in the past three years...all on HIS watch! You can bet that UT SPORTS will be paying in more ways other than $$$ for years to come because Hamilton was such a 'great athletic director.' We are getting ready to see just how 'great' he was after Indianapolis this weekend! Again, the AVALANCHE always begins to fall at the top!

GerryOP writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Amy, on a positive note, yes it would be wonderful if we got this involved and agitated over educating students. However, I'm sure you're aware that there is no minimum IQ or education requirement to post on this board. For some on here, "education" is a foreign word.

givehim6 writes:

in response to Vol1983:

The board needs to force Jimmy Cheek to go. He is the root of the problem.

Enough of the salem witch trial, let's give it a year befor we get ride of any one else.

GerryOP writes:

in response to givehim6:

Enough of the salem witch trial, let's give it a year befor we get ride of any one else.

Good point givehim6, but you know this crowd. If they can't find any witches to burn they fall back to beating dead horses.

MusicCityVol writes:

Hamilton is a good guy but it was time to go. What is unusual is that even though he is already gone, his legacy will be defined by what happens this weekend with the NCAA.

Hamilton's Professional Legacy To Be Defined In Indy
http://www.checkerboardchatter.com/20...

KnoxvilleKnowledge writes:

in response to Sweet_T:

Out of control.

I totally agree. With all the budget problems why pay him an extra $60,000. What could that have funded in acedemics? A new associate professor? A scholarship?

What really blows my mind is the free tickets and parking. He raises prices for years on us fans, screws up the program, gets paid $1,600,000 and we give him lifetime tickets. I have no ill will to him but I hope I don't ever it next to him at a game because I would ask him about it.

I have no problem with him going to the games and I hope he does and supports UT, especially with donatitions to the funds that all the rest of us fans were required to make.

THE ENTIRE PLACE IS TOTALLY CRAZY EVEN AS HAMILTON LEAVES. What is the purpose of the school/athletics department? Is it for the citizens/students and athlets/fans or is it just a place for people to go work, get paid tremendous sums of money, get fired and make even more money?

BobbyGraham writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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i am very agitated that teachers aren't educating our students properly these days. i know a bunch of them that should be fired with no compensation.

Digital5000 writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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No...

-Enjoy Yourselves

tennisvol writes:

The same thing can happen by bringing someone to UT looking good on paper but being fired after a few years. Maybe a million or so for doing a sorry job on the way out. That is one reason that Coach Fulmer should be strongly considered for the AD job. He knows UT and alumni which could help join everyone together and build on what ole Hammy has torn down. He could hit the ground running, no honeymoon period here.

martinvol34 writes:

in response to born2ride:

It is worth the money to be rid of Hamilton. He ruined UT football and basketball.

Now we need to fire Gator Head Cheek.

And replace Dooley and Martin with big name coaches that can make the Vols an elite program again. They were terrible choices by Hamilton.

Go Vols!

If only we could get rid of idiots like you as the supposedly ruins of Tennessee sports exit. Dooley and Hamilton are excellent coaches and will do the University proud in time.

You and your likes on the other hand, be gone!

silentmajority writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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Good post, Amy, but its obvious you havent "looked" in quite a while. In my opinion, "educating students" is no longer part of UT's mission. The major part of the uni's objective is to collect funds from clueless donors. The second-largest effort is to see how much they can give to the good ol' boys. And the third part seems to be creatively writing separation agreements.

hammie did nothing to deserve this bonus (make that "did nothing, period). He should have been given a hearty handshake and a one-way bus ticket to Clemsonland. Period.

This is as close to grand larceny as one can find, short of "Grand Teft Auto". And cheek seems to be the main grand thefter. Apparently he slept through Econ 101, and doesnt understand that compensation is a two-way item: do some job of work, and get paid for doing it. hammie's major achievement seems to be the rehabilitation of wannabe coaches and the dehabilitation (The process of social estrangement and progressive loosening of social bonds ) of the rest of UT.

Somebody mentioned lawsuits (above). I'd say that the inner workings of UT would provide enough material for a whole roomful of Herb Monsiers. First order o cleanup should be to fire ol' (tongue in) cheek, and get the university headed right again.

BTW, how many students could be graduated for $1.7 Million? Wouldnt that be a better direction to throw money?

blazevol writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

UTs debt is about to catch up with the debt of America.Is there not anybody UT doesnt owe?I bet if one looked hard enough they probably owe China for something.I wish somebody would pay me over a Million dollars to just go away.

keep making inaccurate commnets and maybe we will take up a collection. UT athletics owes nothing. They make money and also contribute money to the non athletic budget.

rdavidso writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Let me get this straight...

Hamilton fires Fulmer, hires Kiffin, Kiffin leaves, hires Dooley, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Peterson, hires Pearl, fires Pearl, hires Martin, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Delmonico, hires Raleigh, fires Raleigh, still no coach.

Football - coming off a 6-7 season, 4th in the East, with career losing-record WAC coach now in his second year, embarrassed by one year of Kiffin, facing sanctions because of Kiffin et al., still paying Fulmer, bought out of UNC home and home, rising ticket prices, empty seats, and stadium improvements primarily for the wealthy (West Club and TN Terrace being the most recent), competing with Saban, Spurrier, Richt, Chizik, Miles, Petrino, Muschamp.

Basketball - coming off a 19-15 season, fourth place East finish, 30 point NCAA first round blowout, unproven first year head coach, national embarrassment because of Pearl et al., almost no one returning, about to get hit with major penalties in Indy (probably scholarships, maybe postseason ban), competing against the likes of Calipari, Donovan, Stallings, Fox and Grant.

Baseball - after firing a coach with multiple CWS trips, we hire Raleigh, haven't been to the SEC tournament in four years, much less NCAA tourney, sorry attendance, NCAA investigation (turned up nothing), still no coach.

With a top 5 athletic budget, world class facilities, and the most loyal fans in the country (top 5 attendance in football AND men's basketball...no one else has that), Mike Hamilton managed to screw it all up.

He's given a $1.7 million golden parachute which, as the article states, even UT doesn't believe he earned, which includes the same type of hush money given to Pearl. Then at his farewell press conference, the chancellor of the university runs and hides before Adams and the rest even get a chance to question him about the severance pay. Keep it classy, UT. You're antagonizing your fanbase, and making even third generation UT grads such as myself start to think twice about giving a phooey. Hire Fulmer, and I'm done for life. We fired him because he couldn't run the football program, please don't hire him to run the entire athletic department.

Don't do a whole lote of posting on here, just a lot of reading, but this is an excellent post. One of the best I've seen.

GerryOP writes:

in response to tennisvol:

The same thing can happen by bringing someone to UT looking good on paper but being fired after a few years. Maybe a million or so for doing a sorry job on the way out. That is one reason that Coach Fulmer should be strongly considered for the AD job. He knows UT and alumni which could help join everyone together and build on what ole Hammy has torn down. He could hit the ground running, no honeymoon period here.

The only reason I can think of to bring Fulmer back is that since we're paying him anyway, he might as well do something to earn his pay. The real question is what job can UT give him where he will not do any harm?

tornado writes:

What a sad state we have reached. A million dollars plus for doing in the athletic department. At least the cancer is gone so we can heal and move on.

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Let me get this straight...

Hamilton fires Fulmer, hires Kiffin, Kiffin leaves, hires Dooley, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Peterson, hires Pearl, fires Pearl, hires Martin, possible sanctions in a few weeks.

Hamilton fires Delmonico, hires Raleigh, fires Raleigh, still no coach.

Football - coming off a 6-7 season, 4th in the East, with career losing-record WAC coach now in his second year, embarrassed by one year of Kiffin, facing sanctions because of Kiffin et al., still paying Fulmer, bought out of UNC home and home, rising ticket prices, empty seats, and stadium improvements primarily for the wealthy (West Club and TN Terrace being the most recent), competing with Saban, Spurrier, Richt, Chizik, Miles, Petrino, Muschamp.

Basketball - coming off a 19-15 season, fourth place East finish, 30 point NCAA first round blowout, unproven first year head coach, national embarrassment because of Pearl et al., almost no one returning, about to get hit with major penalties in Indy (probably scholarships, maybe postseason ban), competing against the likes of Calipari, Donovan, Stallings, Fox and Grant.

Baseball - after firing a coach with multiple CWS trips, we hire Raleigh, haven't been to the SEC tournament in four years, much less NCAA tourney, sorry attendance, NCAA investigation (turned up nothing), still no coach.

With a top 5 athletic budget, world class facilities, and the most loyal fans in the country (top 5 attendance in football AND men's basketball...no one else has that), Mike Hamilton managed to screw it all up.

He's given a $1.7 million golden parachute which, as the article states, even UT doesn't believe he earned, which includes the same type of hush money given to Pearl. Then at his farewell press conference, the chancellor of the university runs and hides before Adams and the rest even get a chance to question him about the severance pay. Keep it classy, UT. You're antagonizing your fanbase, and making even third generation UT grads such as myself start to think twice about giving a phooey. Hire Fulmer, and I'm done for life. We fired him because he couldn't run the football program, please don't hire him to run the entire athletic department.

Very well put.......The only comment is that you don't have to do a good job to get paid. YOu just have to do a good job of negotiating your contract. And to all these people that say " I wish someone would pay me to leave" keep wishing, because until you get a dream/vision of what you want and start doing something with your life other then just working a job, it will never happen.

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to thevoice:

Gee, was wondering why tuition hikes keep happening. Now I know why.

Know your facts Moron, UT athletics is self-funded. They actually give back around $10 million to the university.

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