The University of Tennessee department of athletics executive and senior administrative staffs announced on April 16.
Name position salary
Dave Hart vice chancellor/director of athletics $750,000
Jon Gilbert executive senior associate athletic director $200,000
Mike Ward senior associate AD for administration and sports programs $192,000
David Blackburn senior associate AD for administration $170,000
Chris Fuller senior associate AD for development and external relations $170,000
Donna Thomas senior associate AD/senior woman administrator $170,000
Bill Myers senior associate AD for business operations/CFO $170,000
Jimmy Stanton associate AD, communications $104,040
Senior administrative staff
Name role salary
Ron McKeefery strength and conditioning $240,000
Todd Dooley compliance $110,000
Jason McVeigh sports medicine $110,000
Tyler Johnson business office $102,000
Brad Pendergrass football operations $102,000
Kevin Zurcher facilities $95,000
Joe Arnone ticketing $91,800
*Greg Hulen development $90,000
Dara Worrell housing/dining $85,000
Jason Yellin media relations $85,000
David Elliott event management $76,500
Doug Kose marketing $76,500
Thomas Moats information technology $66,300Note: Academics/director of the Thornton Athletic Center has not been hired.
*Hulen is an employee of the UT Foundation.
All sport oversight administrators
David Blackburn football
Jon Gilbert men's basketball
*Angie Keck golf/volleyball/rowing
*Carmen Tegano baseball
Donna Thomas women's basketball/track and field/cross country
Mike Ward softball/soccer
*Dara Worrell swimming and diving/tennis
*Salaries: Keck, $90,000; Tegano, $87,823; Worrell, $95,000
Source: University of Tennessee
In June 1972 Pat Summitt was Pat Head, about to be a junior at UT Martin. Meanwhile in Knoxville, Tennessee women's basketball was an obscure enterprise.
But then, so was virtually all of women's collegiate athletics.
Last week, Holly Warlick looked around Pratt Pavilion, at the dozens of girls scampering through camp drills and the handful of Lady Vol athletes leading those drills.
"These young ladies don't understand it,'' said Warlick,
To them, opportunity is routine. But Warlick understands it. She is of the generation that came along at the perfect time to catch the wave that changed women's sports in America.
You won't find Patsy T. Mink or Edith S. Green mentioned in any Lady Vol media brochures. But without them there would never have been any need for media brochures.
The two U.S. Representatives — Mink from Hawaii, Green from Oregon — co-authored the legislation that was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972. Its intent wasn't to promote women's sports but to end discrimination based on gender in federally funded educational venues.
"The women's athletic side of it kind of took it and ran with it,'' said Warlick.
Did they ever take it and run with it.
As Title IX celebrates its 40th anniversary, the journey from there to here is breathtaking.
"One day, I was not taught how to play sports,'' said ABC personality Robin Roberts, "but I still had the desire and I was playing on my own.
"It seemed like virtually overnight we had coaches, we had uniforms, we had scholarships.''
Roberts was in Knoxville last weekend to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, which opened in 1999.
In 1979, Roberts was awarded, somewhat to her amazement, a basketball scholarship to attend Southeastern Louisiana University.
"I'm a Title IX baby,'' Roberts said.
So was Pamela McGee, another 2012 Hall of Fame inductee. She was a freshman at Southern Cal when she felt the wave hit.
"It changed our uniforms, it changed our facilities, it changed everything,'' said McGee. "It was almost like an awakening.''
It was an awakening.
According to one study, in 1972 about 290,000 girls played high school sports. Last year there were more than 3 million.
In 1972, women's college basketball was such an afterthought a tiny Catholic school in Philadelphia, Immaculata, was able to launch a run of three consecutive national championships.
Gradually, Title IX changed the landscape. But it took much of the 1970s to gain traction and even longer for many universities to embrace.
In 1977, Brown University fielded the first women's full varsity-status soccer team. By the 1981-82 school year, the NCAA decided it prudent to bring women under its umbrella.
In 1988, Judith Davidson was hired as athletic director at Central Connecticut State, the first woman to oversee a Division I program with football.
But from the start, there have been repeated legal challenges and various forms of foot-dragging as men's athletics — and their budgets — fought the incursion.
As recently as 2010, Quinnipiac University tried to cut women's volleyball and pass off an expanded cheer squad as a viable alternative. It didn't fly.
"Before,'' said McGee, "there was no accountability. Title IX made universities accountable.
"There's an old saying that 99 percent of life is following the money. So when Title IX came, we could follow the money.''
Ah, the money. Title IX has been expensive.
Schools must budget to stay in compliance with federal mandates that ensure women have equal opportunities in terms of sports offered, facilities and travel, to hit a few highlights.
Many schools initially saw the law as a threat, especially to their cash cow, football.
Football, with its massive numbers, has been tough to balance on the opportunity scales for women. Joan Cronan, who directed UT's women's department from 1983 until 2011, was creative.
"I looked out my window and saw a river,'' Cronan said, "and found out you can have 65 on a rowing team.''
So UT got a rowing team. Cutting men's non-revenue sports from the budget has been a fact of Title IX life. UT slashed wrestling in the mid-1980s.
Still, studies indicate the actual number of male athletes has increased in the Title IX era.
"UT and the administration got it,'' said Warlick.
Indeed, Tennessee was at the forefront of accepting Title IX.
By the time Cronan arrived in 1983, her predecessor, Gloria Ray, had laid a foundation. UT administrators, including Ed Boling, Joe Johnson and Phil Scheurer, had been receptive.
"Tennessee cared about women's athletics before it was cool,'' said Cronan. "The university as a whole said yes to women.''
The best move UT made was saying yes to hiring young Pat Head in 1974 to build the fledgling basketball program.
The Lady Vols played home games in Alumni Gym, but that was an improvement over the Physical Education Building.
Warlick, a Bearden High School multi-sport star, arrived in 1976 on a partial track scholarship but after one year had earned a full basketball ride.
"There were no recruiting trips,'' Warlick said. "Pat had to be selective. It was kind of word-of-mouth. When we first started everybody was local.''
Warlick can laugh now at the meager budget Summitt had to stretch.
"When I was a freshman we traveled to Mississippi and Pat drove the van and we were all in the van,'' Warlick said. "The assistant coaches were driving a station wagon with the luggage.
"If you lost the game and Pat's in the van driving back, you couldn't say a word and we didn't stop to eat.
"So you're telling me we get to get on a charter plane and go to LSU with the men's team? That's huge.''
Moving to Stokely Athletics Center — like the men — was huge. A lot of things were huge.
And not to be overlooked, another aspect of Title IX that was huge was the life-building skills sports offered women that for generations had been available to men.
"If you talk to the head of any Fortune 500 company,'' said Roberts, "chances are he was a former player or team captain of some sport.
"He was able to translate those skills into the business world and I have, too. My colleagues at "Good Morning America" refer to me as the team captain and I feel that way.
"I know it's because of being involved in sports.''
Title IX is at its essence about opportunity.
Tennessee was more fortunate than most in that football was able to generate significant revenue to fund that opportunity.
UT also was fortunate in chancing upon an exceptional individual force in Summitt at the perfect time in history to maximize that opportunity.
"Pat's influence is not just basketball,'' Cronan said, "but on women's sports as a whole.''
So, perhaps if there is anywhere in the 21st Century women's sports landscape where it's possible for the contemporary generation to appreciate the context of Title IX, it might be Tennessee.
"I think we can never take that for granted,'' said Taber Spani, a 21-year-old Lady Vol.
"What we get to do, playing in front of 15,000 or 20,000 people, that's all because of people like Holly, people like Pat, who went before us.''
People like Warlick and Summitt got a chance to go before them because of Title IX, which in 2002 was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act.
"I always hated that we needed a law to do what's right,'' said Cronan. "But we needed that law for the foundation.''