Dave Hart named Tennessee athletic director

Dave Hart, the former University of Alabama's executive director of athletics, is introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Tennessee during a press conference Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Dave Hart, the former University of Alabama's executive director of athletics, is introduced as the new athletic director at the University of Tennessee during a press conference Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Dave Hart, the University of Alabama's executive director of athletics, has accepted Tennessee's offer Monday to become the school's new vice chancellor of athletics.

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).

“I am very pleased to have Dave as our new vice chancellor and director of athletics,” University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said. “He has extensive experience as an athletics director, and he has the passion and drive to lead our great athletics program.”

Dave Hart introduced as UT's Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics - Pt. 1

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.

In subsequent interviews and in a letter to the NCAA Committee on Infractions, Hart has said his resignation from Florida State was directly linked to his conflicts with Wetherell and not the infractions case.

“It is a privilege to be named Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee,” Hart said. “To be entrusted to lead one of the nation’s elite athletic programs is an exciting opportunity.

“I want to thank Chancellor Cheek, and all of those involved in this process for their confidence and commitment. I am anxious to demonstrate my passion for Tennessee and the Volunteer Nation.”

Hart made a salary of $341,250 at Alabama, according to a Tuscaloosa News database. Former UT athletic director Mike Hamilton, who resigned June 7, made a base salary of $400,000, but UT is expected to pay significantly more than that for whomever it hires.

Terms of Hart's deal have not been finalized, the source said. A press conference to introduce Hart has not yet been set.

Hart's father, Dave Sr., was a longtime athletic director at Missouri and the commissioner of the Southern Conference from 1986-91. Hart's son, Rick, is the athletic director at Chattanooga.

More to come online at GoVolsXtra.com and in Tuesday's News Sentinel.

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jimr07 writes:

Good. Let the naysayers begin.

buzz29 writes:

Go.............BAMA (?)

commonman writes:

FSU @ Bama, At least he should know how to cheat. (And get caught)

mdvol writes:

I'm very disappointed but he is a VOL now and I will support him. I would have cheered for Phillip Fulmer or Joan Croanan for AD. Not sure how the big boosters will feel about a BAMA guy running the show.

winbigvols14 writes:

I think this is a good hire. Southern guy with credentials, we could do lots worse and we have. Alabama has upgraded it's facilities and we all know that has got to be done continually to draw the best athletes from around the country. Good hire!!!!

VolzsFan writes:

www.FireDaveHart.com

ncvol17 writes:

in response to mdvol:

I'm very disappointed but he is a VOL now and I will support him. I would have cheered for Phillip Fulmer or Joan Croanan for AD. Not sure how the big boosters will feel about a BAMA guy running the show.

He would not have been hired w/out the OK from the really big boosters.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to mdvol:

I'm very disappointed but he is a VOL now and I will support him. I would have cheered for Phillip Fulmer or Joan Croanan for AD. Not sure how the big boosters will feel about a BAMA guy running the show.

Fulmer would not work with the boosters.
Joan would be great but she is going to retire soon and has already said so.
Not sure about hire either but hopefully he will not be called on to do any hiring anytime soon.

VolzsFan writes:

In other news, the total destruction of the athletic department started by Hamilton looks to have another possible accomplishment. The trip to Oregon in a few years appears to be off. Apparently this bunch at UT is paid various bonuses to destroy UT AD.

tnbigg writes:

Welcome to TENNESSEE Dave! May you represent a new beginning of a rise to excellence in UT athletics! Thank you so much to Joan Cronan for all her wonderful help in the interim period!

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Not Good.

FearlessFreep writes:

Wow - the idiocy being exhibited here is staggering.

By all accounts Hart is a good hire and comes with a lot of support. Just two of the many reasons it's good- Tennessee gets a top-flight AD and Alabama is left without one when Mal Moore retires. Double bonus.

I'm willing to give the guy a chance. GO VOLS

BruisedOrange writes:

First, thank you Joan for being the capable, trustworthy hand we could turn to without qualms at a difficult time. If the search had lasted another year, we would still have been in good hands. So, Cheek, et.al.--take good care of this fine lady! The next few years are going to be sadly critical for our Lady Vols in basketball, while LVs in several other sports are busy making a name for their own programs.

As for FSU and UA... at least here's an AD who understands what it means to be in (and just surrounded by) the SEC. He also should understand how cheaters cheat, how integrity is regained, and how a proud football program gets from the bottom back to the top without (we guess) breaking the rules.

We sure are proud to have his son in Chattanooga. If the block is anything like the chip off of... UT will be okay.

pcorange writes:

So, what are we doing here? NCAA gave us a pass this time, so we're gonna make sure we get something to stick? Why would we hire a former AD who got his school vacated wins and four years probation? This is totally nuts. Maybe CPF wasn't interested or wouldn't even have been a great AD. I don't know. I do know that he bleeds orange. What color do you suppose Hart's blood runs?

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

And what, prey tell, are we to make of this?

How is this 62 year old man supposed to bring the energy to this job necessary to rebuild a once great athletic program...Unless UT simply couldn't get anyone else, this is the biggest blunder yet.

All we gave Hart was a chance to pad his retirement...Now spin it anyway you want, but that's the plain truth.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to commonman:

FSU @ Bama, At least he should know how to cheat. (And get caught)

You are pathetic. Look in your own mirror! You people are the biggest whiners I've ever seen. ESPN hates you. Everyone else cheats. Blah, blah. Dooley was a poor choice. This man is a poor choice. Maybe if you had any people of stature from your own program you wouldn't have to get them elsewhere. But whine, whine, whine.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

You are pathetic. Look in your own mirror! You people are the biggest whiners I've ever seen. ESPN hates you. Everyone else cheats. Blah, blah. Dooley was a poor choice. This man is a poor choice. Maybe if you had any people of stature from your own program you wouldn't have to get them elsewhere. But whine, whine, whine.

roll turd roll

GerryOP writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Welcome to TENNESSEE Dave! May you represent a new beginning of a rise to excellence in UT athletics! Thank you so much to Joan Cronan for all her wonderful help in the interim period!

Amen brother, amen! We wanted a PROVEN winner and Dr. Cheek delivered. We're FINALLY on our way back to excellence!!!

1-0 on our way to 13-0 baby ... 13-0!

chattavfl86 writes:

We could hire the absolute best ad in the country and you people would complain. Who cares if he is coming from bama? All the croanan supporters skim over the fact she graduated from lsu. All I ever hear on here is "we need to compete with bama, if we are gonna get on bamas level we need elite recruits like bama. Bama bama bama" until I want to puke. Well we just stole bamas number 2 guy in their athletic department, who basically ran the show for mal, yet y'all still whine. Ut fans are better than all this complaining. How bout y'all act like somebody instead of the writhing ignorant masses. GBO.

NYvolFan writes:

It seems to me that years ago Hart got in trouble at FSU for accepting a free roof job from a sponsor, or donor. But, I haven't heard anyone in the local media mention that this week, so I guess I am mistaken.

I've met him, and he seems like a real good guy. I also like that his son is AD at UT-Chattanooga. Also, he had a beef with Wetherell, FSU's Prez. So have I regarding business...so, cool. Good luck Dave!

Ayres_Hall writes:

Hart is a great choice. A grizzled veteran. Otherwise, Bama would not have had him running the show for their AD.

tnbigg writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Amen brother, amen! We wanted a PROVEN winner and Dr. Cheek delivered. We're FINALLY on our way back to excellence!!!

1-0 on our way to 13-0 baby ... 13-0!

Hey long lost cousin 26 times removed! It was wild out there off Chapman Highway this weekend! Those crazy guys are thinkin' General Neyland has returned. I didn't spoil their fun though...

tdforvols writes:

How old is that picture? He looks much younger than 62 in that one. Maybe he found the "fountain of youth" believed to exist somewhere in the Florida State vicinity.......lol

SevenT writes:

wow, This is huge, hopefully he will work to find a replacement for Dooley ASAP

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

As far as UT dropping Oregon goes its called expansion. Many schools will have to make room for Texas A&M and whoever else joins the SEC. This is not surprising or cowardly in my book. It's just a growth process

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

You are pathetic. Look in your own mirror! You people are the biggest whiners I've ever seen. ESPN hates you. Everyone else cheats. Blah, blah. Dooley was a poor choice. This man is a poor choice. Maybe if you had any people of stature from your own program you wouldn't have to get them elsewhere. But whine, whine, whine.

..and you are a pathetic hypocrite. you are the typical saban bandwagon tide fan. you must have not followed the tide prior to saban cause the biggest whiners i've ever seen were tide fans from post stallings to just prior to saban.

oh, but go ahead and preach your hypocrisy joe. maybe your fellow tide trolls care, but most VOLS don't give a dam. it's a family discussion and you ain't family punk.

back to the subject. i'm not for hiring an fsu/tide reject, but if he can wear an orange tie and give his all to tennessee, fine; i'll back him.

swingnducking1 writes:

This is GREAT News the best since the Kiffin Circus left town!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

There was only one athletic director at FSU during Hart's tenure....Bobby Bowden.....There's only one athletic director at Bama...Nick Saban...We got the assistant to Saban's assistant.

underthehill writes:

in response to jimr07:

Good. Let the naysayers begin.

yes// let me begin..IS this not an insult to any candidate with UT connections? Bama and Florida in control of the UT Athletic Dept...IF UT fans are expected to be loyal who are they to be loyal to? Bama or Florida ..I have been a UT fan a long time..can't say I care one way or the other whether they win another game even in ping pong..I've never been one to like insults and this is another one to UT fans..

wigmeister writes:

Welcome to Big Orange Country. Make us proud.

Thank you Joan!

underthehill writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

And what, prey tell, are we to make of this?

How is this 62 year old man supposed to bring the energy to this job necessary to rebuild a once great athletic program...Unless UT simply couldn't get anyone else, this is the biggest blunder yet.

All we gave Hart was a chance to pad his retirement...Now spin it anyway you want, but that's the plain truth.

AGREE

movol77 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

www.FireDaveHart.com

Among much other childishness of the same.

genocards#1381209 writes:

My broter in law from Indiana played at Bama on a scholarship under Wimp Sanders. Hart was also on that team. He says this guy is total class and really. really good. Mal Moore basically has fund raised for Bama the last three years and this man has really run their program.
The negative jerks on here will never change. This is an excellent hire by UT. Dave Hart is nothing but a winner.

underthehill writes:

in response to CroatianVol:

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Good observation...

knoxgirl87 writes:

Press conference at 6:30pm. Yeehaw.

rootin4volz writes:

All of you negative Nancy types are idiotic bozos. Sheesh. Get a life.

Ironcity writes:

in response to FearlessFreep:

Wow - the idiocy being exhibited here is staggering.

By all accounts Hart is a good hire and comes with a lot of support. Just two of the many reasons it's good- Tennessee gets a top-flight AD and Alabama is left without one when Mal Moore retires. Double bonus.

I'm willing to give the guy a chance. GO VOLS

You are right a lot of idiots spouting off today. Will be more tomorrow. IF someone reported an AD who has lead their football program to multiple National Championships and a baseball program into the top 10 nationally, I think everyone here would have jumped for joy but since he stopped at AL. for a couple of years well then its bad. This is a good hire and I think its a sigh that UT is taking sports seriously and that the acadamians lost out.

bloodrunsorange writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

You are pathetic. Look in your own mirror! You people are the biggest whiners I've ever seen. ESPN hates you. Everyone else cheats. Blah, blah. Dooley was a poor choice. This man is a poor choice. Maybe if you had any people of stature from your own program you wouldn't have to get them elsewhere. But whine, whine, whine.

You’re on a Tennessee site talking about whining when you are the ones who wanted to subpoena a coach who wouldn’t lie for you, poison trees, buy athletes and etc.... If it’s so good down there stay on the Bama site and we’ll try to get back to the 3rd week in October without buying athletes and try to maintain some dignity and self-esteem with this mess. What do you expect from a Florida person who doesn’t have Tennesseans best interests at heart! He gladly takes our money and spits in our face!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to genocards#1381209:

My broter in law from Indiana played at Bama on a scholarship under Wimp Sanders. Hart was also on that team. He says this guy is total class and really. really good. Mal Moore basically has fund raised for Bama the last three years and this man has really run their program.
The negative jerks on here will never change. This is an excellent hire by UT. Dave Hart is nothing but a winner.

Now this is a guy you should take your cues from on UT's hiring. If Hart had played for Sanderson during his 1st year as head coach at Bama...Hart would have been a minimum of 33 years old.

TKO writes:

Florida State gives him the boot and here comes UT.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Oh well..., I guess he's ours now, so welcome aboard. Go Vols!

TNVOLNTX writes:

Seriously peeps...settle down. Only time will tell whether or not this was a good hire, but his resume suggests that, on paper, we could have done way worse. I hate Alabama as much as the next Vol fan, but having 'Bama in an employment history is no cause to eliminate a qualified candidate from consideration. across the landscape of college sports, I dare say that there are only a fraction of big-time programs being led/coached by alum. So chill. God knows we've had a multitude of legit things to be upset about as vols fans in recent years. We sure sure don't need to manufacture any.

underthehill writes:

in response to smoky_moUnTain_sasqUaTch:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I think you would win that bet..take the money though and act like it hurts when bama continues their streak for ? smart man Dave..stupid hire UT

GerryOP writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Hey long lost cousin 26 times removed! It was wild out there off Chapman Highway this weekend! Those crazy guys are thinkin' General Neyland has returned. I didn't spoil their fun though...

You gotta be careful out there cuz'. Some of them boys been out there beyond Seymour since way before the '50s and they prolly a bit afeared of outsiders.

Peace bro'. Looks like our Vols just hired the last piece of the puzzle. Maybe we'll get to see another NC in our lifetimes!!!

nyyvol21#669431 writes:

This is a joke right?

orangepeel writes:

What a joke hire. David Blackburn was/is the right man for the job. Jimmy Cheek should have left with Hamilton

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

Mike Hamilton just tweeted the Dave Hart is a superb hire...Doesn't that just give you all a case of the warm and fuzzies.

dvols writes:

just raise money Dave.....looks like its a family business.....hope the the search firmed earned their money....

crimsonviper writes:

Some Vol fans may not be happy now,but just as I believe about Dooley,give him time and you all will be happy.

SummittsCourt writes:

According to the picture, he is a very young looking 62 year old. He looks like he should be in his late 30's or early 40's.

Did they get the age wrong or is this an old picture of him?

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