UT talks with Alabama’s Dave Hart, has not yet offered AD job

Tangible proof emerged Thursday that the search for a new vice chancellor of athletics at Tennessee is still in business, but the wait went on for at least one more day.

Members of UT’s five-person search committee recently talked with University of Alabama executive director of athletics Dave Hart, both schools confirmed Thursday.

A source with direct knowledge of the search told the News Sentinel that no formal offer has been made. The source requested anonymity because UT has not formally acknowledged any candidates for the position during the search.

“Mr. Hart has had conversations with officials at the University of Tennessee,” Alabama’s statement reads. “However, no decisions have been made, and no timeframe exists for making a decision.”

The Associated Press reported a person familiar with the situation said UT has offered the job to Hart. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the offer had not been made public.

The 62-year-old Hart, considered by many as the No. 2 to Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore, has been at Alabama since 2008. He spent the bulk of his career as the athletic director at Florida State (1995-2007).

Hart left Florida State after the school’s president, T.K. Wetherell, told him that his contract would not be renewed after its January 2009 completion. Hart’s departure came in the midst of a self-reported academic scandal with the NCAA that resulted in the vacation of wins for the football team, four years of probation and various penalties in 10 sports.

According to a St. Petersburg Times article from 2009, Hart did not leave Florida State as a direct result of the scandal. In a letter to the Committee on Infractions, Hart wrote that his decision to leave was “driven by the fact that the University President and I simply agreed to disagree on some core issues.”

During Hart’s time with the Seminoles, the athletic department’s budget more than doubled.

Hart, who played basketball under C.M. Newton at Alabama and also earned his master’s degree there, makes a salary of $341,250, according to a Tuscaloosa News database. In a 2008 Mobile Press-Register article, Hart said his role within the Alabama athletic department was “to lead the administrative team in the comprehensive operation of every facet of the department,” which would allow Moore to focus on fund-raising.

When hired, Hart said he was not promised Alabama’s athletic director job when the now 71-year-old Moore retired.

Combined with the eight years he spent as the athletic director at East Carolina, Hart has more than 20 years of experience as an athletic director at a Division I program.

UT has been looking to replace Mike Hamilton since he resigned on June 7.

LSU’s Joe Alleva has been the only other candidate publicly identified for the position.

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HartleyBell writes:

Yay...FSU scandal and Bama Guy. I heart hart! (sarcasm intended)

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

You have got to be joking.

voloffaith writes:

Is that considered squeaky clean enough after going through our nc2A debacle? Just seems that we need someone whose past won't put the nc2A on red alert again when it comes to all things Volunteer.

SIMSVOL writes:

Tennessee had one of the best ADs in the country in Hamilton - but the yahoos on this site didn't have a clue. It will be tough to find someone with Hamilton's ability to secure strong coaching talent - i.e. Pearl, Dooley - and equally important secure the level of funding that has fueled incredible sports facilites development and upgrades. Go VOLS!

givehim6 writes:

If he was in hot water at FLST would he be a good choice at UT?

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Oh boy...

espender#273698 writes:

This is absolutely insane!!!!! We have a guy already on staff, David Blackburn, that's saved our butts and Cheek is talking to Alabama's guy? WTH is that about?

keepitreal4vols writes:

Jimmy Hyams said we offered the job. Jimmy is never wrong. (cough, cough)

chattavfl86 writes:

Ough to talk to his son rick instead. He has done a phenomenal job for utc down here in chattanooga. Imo he is primed to move up to the next level. And isn't dave older than methusala? Eventually they will hand this thing to blackburn when everyone else turns us down, just like when dooley was hired. Imo though that has worked out for us thus far. Can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you might find you get what you need.

ATLviaTYS writes:

Oh Please Please don't make UT look stupid again by having this leaked and then the guy backs out like the guy from LSU. If you "let" this information leak out you had better make damn sure he is going to accept no matter what Alabama tries to throw his way to keep him. I just don't want to wake up tomorrow morning reading a head line " Dave Hart flirts with TN AD job but stays after Alabama increases his pay" I know I know we might or might not have offered him or the LSU guy but come on in business you never leak anything like this unless it's a done deal.

Tenn_Traveler writes:

The article give a lot of good information. From this information it is hard to find any reason to extend an offer to Mr. Hart.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

Are you kidding?! Florida, Chancellor, Georgia boy football coach (Dooley the man though) and a Bama AD?

ATLviaTYS writes:

in response to Mr_Brownstone:

Are you kidding?! Florida, Chancellor, Georgia boy football coach (Dooley the man though) and a Bama AD?

you forget Cheek a Florida guy

TeamXer writes:

Blecch.

govols1234567 writes:

If this actually pans out... ehhh I don't know. This just seems wrong

ATLviaTYS writes:

in response to Mr_Brownstone:

Are you kidding?! Florida, Chancellor, Georgia boy football coach (Dooley the man though) and a Bama AD?

It's been a long day.. Helps if Read.. ha ha

AncientVolFan writes:

in response to chattavfl86:

Ough to talk to his son rick instead. He has done a phenomenal job for utc down here in chattanooga. Imo he is primed to move up to the next level. And isn't dave older than methusala? Eventually they will hand this thing to blackburn when everyone else turns us down, just like when dooley was hired. Imo though that has worked out for us thus far. Can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you might find you get what you need.

Jeez, chattavfl86, 62 is still wet behind the ears, not ancient. LOL

barefoot43 writes:

Who are the idiots that are "familiar with the situation"?

Who at UT is idiotic enough to float this information out?

Who at UT is idiotic enough to talk with someone that has any tie to a NCAA issue, much less make an offer?

I have always supported my university and always try to put a positive light on things, but this has gotten way out of control. I don't know if these are academia that are out of touch with reality or simply idiots. I’m sorry; I guess that is an oxymoron.

Idiots!!

govols1234567 writes:

in response to ATLviaTYS:

you forget Cheek a Florida guy

Reading voth of your comments makes me a little uneasy about a good chunk of our staff (besides Dooley)

voloffaith writes:

in response to chattavfl86:

Ough to talk to his son rick instead. He has done a phenomenal job for utc down here in chattanooga. Imo he is primed to move up to the next level. And isn't dave older than methusala? Eventually they will hand this thing to blackburn when everyone else turns us down, just like when dooley was hired. Imo though that has worked out for us thus far. Can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you might find you get what you need.

Isn't mick J older than Methuselah? No don't offer position to Jagger then he'll ask for shelter...Gimme Shelter y'all...

ATLviaTYS writes:

in response to barefoot43:

Who are the idiots that are "familiar with the situation"?

Who at UT is idiotic enough to float this information out?

Who at UT is idiotic enough to talk with someone that has any tie to a NCAA issue, much less make an offer?

I have always supported my university and always try to put a positive light on things, but this has gotten way out of control. I don't know if these are academia that are out of touch with reality or simply idiots. I’m sorry; I guess that is an oxymoron.

Idiots!!

I can't agree more with your comment. This is just stupid unless it's a done deal. If and when this guys backs away we will look bad again. Does anyone know if this being provided by the search firm from Atlanta? I thought our contract with them was up in mid August

tootsypop writes:

tennessee needs a tennessee guy.period. qualified candidates exist.

volmania97 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Nothing like you being on our site all the time. I know don't be jealous of Tennessee.

VOLliven2it writes:

I just hope we get an AD soon. With all the debacling and inspector Clewsos looking for one there is no telling who we'll end up with. Someone who knew someone who once was related to someone else associated with the UT program at one time, says Lou Holtz may be interested in the job(JOKING OF COURSE).

iowa_vol writes:

Say it so Gator Jimmy. Too much in this guys background with the FSU scandal to bring him in. Keep it the way it is for a while until we find the right person, not a quickly available person.

voloffaith writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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ladies and gentlemen Brett Maverick would like to interrupt this group of postings with his latest burp for the throngs/masses that have eagerly awited his next dive into the abyss.....

Ironcity writes:

This guy has a heck of a track record. He started at Pitt and turned their sorry programs into winners. he is very well respected and was willing to fall on the sword to save Bobby Bowden. Before everyone gets there panties in a wad learn a little more about the guy, he may be exactly what we need. We could do a lot worse.

orangeB writes:

I think it's all smoke and mirrors. This happens every time we are hiring and then all of a sudden, BOOM! They hire somebody that hasn't even been mentioned.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

Sketchy history aside, why would we go after someone who's flirting with retirement age?!?! If we're going to go down that path, just hire Joan Cronan! Jeez!

espender#273698 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

This guy has a heck of a track record. He started at Pitt and turned their sorry programs into winners. he is very well respected and was willing to fall on the sword to save Bobby Bowden. Before everyone gets there panties in a wad learn a little more about the guy, he may be exactly what we need. We could do a lot worse.

We once had a head football coach from Bama. That's all I need to know. I don't care if he was ordained by the Pope, he's still from Bama. Enough said.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Ironcity:

This guy has a heck of a track record. He started at Pitt and turned their sorry programs into winners. he is very well respected and was willing to fall on the sword to save Bobby Bowden. Before everyone gets there panties in a wad learn a little more about the guy, he may be exactly what we need. We could do a lot worse.

So you are saying with factual knowledge he wasn't he problem at FSU? He knew and looked other way? Was a part player there? What was his level of involvement if any? We need squeaky clean candidate(not sure where we are in process now anyway)with nc2A dust just starting to clear and that wil take a while most likely.

gglardon50#417841 writes:

Hey I was at Krogers today. Some middle aged guy was taking my grocies out to the car. He had a name tag on that said Bruce. Anyway this guy keeps telling me he was the basketball coach at Tennessee. It was wierd.He takes a melon out of the cart and starts trying to show me how to box out in the paint. I asked him how long he had been working at Krogers. Said he just started.I just said Coach Bruce put the milk in the back seat please.Strange guy.

roobomb writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I love when you post now because I get to imagine you in your little black hat and high pitched voice in front of your UT lamp squawking your drivel. It cracks me up! Why don't you just put these comments on one of your hotlines and give us the 800 number so we can call in and listen to you?

MikeInTN writes:

Gee...is this going to be another U.T. public relations screw up?!!!!!!!!!!

tnsportsman writes:

OMG, Swamp Lizard Grads and now Alabubba Grad in charge at our beloved TENNESSEE! General Neyland needs to come down on a White Horse with Sword Drawn and strike down all of them!

David Blackburn is a VFL and been in UTAD forever! Over the last 35 years, boy have things changed in the thinking on The Hill.

We need VOLUNTEERS at TENNEESEE!

GO VOLS, VFL!

LifetimeVolFan writes:

Philip Fulmer, he's our leader...why not, he bleeds orange and has proven he can screw things up just as well as this guy did at FSU....

VOLtage writes:

If he becomes our AD hope he's not singing Bamas Rammer Jammer Cheer if they beat us.

dvhill100 writes:

While there is always more to any situation than in made public, I am concerned with any AD prospect that has any NCAA baggage. If there weren't any qualified AD's without NCAA history, then fine. That is not the case, however.

NoogaVol55 writes:

I'll be completely honest...I just want to win some games...the back office stuff...gold jacket, green jacket who gives a....

voloffaith writes:

in response to gglardon50#417841:

Hey I was at Krogers today. Some middle aged guy was taking my grocies out to the car. He had a name tag on that said Bruce. Anyway this guy keeps telling me he was the basketball coach at Tennessee. It was wierd.He takes a melon out of the cart and starts trying to show me how to box out in the paint. I asked him how long he had been working at Krogers. Said he just started.I just said Coach Bruce put the milk in the back seat please.Strange guy.

Well that did clarify the AD search at UT immediately..........Meds are kicking in fer ya huh?

rtrchatt writes:

Go ahead and take the job Dave. Bama legend and NFL Hall of Fame member Ozzie Newsome is next in line but he may just decide to stay with the Balt Ravens when Coach Moore retires. RT

Colliervol writes:

in response to Ironcity:

This guy has a heck of a track record. He started at Pitt and turned their sorry programs into winners. he is very well respected and was willing to fall on the sword to save Bobby Bowden. Before everyone gets there panties in a wad learn a little more about the guy, he may be exactly what we need. We could do a lot worse.

Relax iron. Most of the dim bulbs on this site don't bother educating themselves. They just jump to conclusions based on having heard something.

As far as taking the #2 man at Bama, well, just a few years ago every Bama fan I knew wanted to run Mal Moore out of town on a rail. He saved himself with the Saban hire just in the Nick of time. Hart might be waiting around for the Bama job since Moore is 71 years old. But Bama might want a younger fellow and Hart might be advised to take a close look at Knoxville. Bird in hand........

keepitreal4vols writes:

Sources tell me Dave Hart will accept the UT AD job and then quit 24 hours later. In turn, Ut will then pay him his 3 mil buyout and give him 8 season tickets for life.

voloffaith writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Who is Madona" know Madonna. See now ewe have publicly acknowledged your real gig(not gag) in life. I also noticed ewe like to affiliate with the abnormal types who have gone to the EXTREMES to get their ATTENTION they so desperately need(apparently). Who is "you" when saying"you want Bama's second..."? I'm not on UT payroll or in a position to make decisions to hire/interview on the "Hill". So backup Brett and keep it in context and reality. Tell us when back from your self prescribed abyss.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Says the man from a school known for its quitting coaches.

The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca writes:

Wasn't anyone from Florida available?

Colliervol writes:

Completely separate subject but there's no place to post it since the KNS isn't on the job as usual. USC just fired Willie Mack Garza (DB coach) due to connections to Willie Lyles (the scum street agent who has Oregon in trouble). More good pub for Lame. I wonder how the NCAA is going to view that one with USC on probation and Lame on a short leash?

Colliervol writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Still intent on embarrassing yourself I see. Congrats. Your streak is intact.

As noted earlier, if you were any less interesting, you'd be classified as moss.

Debt writes:

Maybe, when the ol' ball coach gets finished in S.Car he may grace us with his genius and become our AD

TheVolMan writes:

in response to SIMSVOL:

Tennessee had one of the best ADs in the country in Hamilton - but the yahoos on this site didn't have a clue. It will be tough to find someone with Hamilton's ability to secure strong coaching talent - i.e. Pearl, Dooley - and equally important secure the level of funding that has fueled incredible sports facilites development and upgrades. Go VOLS!

Great post. Unfortunately there are a lot of stupid people who disagree. That's because they are stupid.

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