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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