David Blackburn sees UT time as asset for UTC athletic director position

David Blackburn, senior associate athletic director at the University of Tennessee, talks Monday in a news conference at UTC about how his experience in the UT system can help the Chattanooga campus sports program if he is hired as athletic director.

(Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press)

David Blackburn, senior associate athletic director at the University of Tennessee, talks Monday in a news conference at UTC about how his experience in the UT system can help the Chattanooga campus sports program if he is hired as athletic director. (Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press)

CHATTANOOGA — David Blackburn wasn't wearing orange Monday when he visited campus as one of the three finalists for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director job. The colors on his tie were blue and gold.

The University of Tennessee senior associate athletic director, who has spent more than two decades in Knoxville, knew which color wouldn't play well on UTC's campus.

In a one-on-one interview with the Times Free Press before a brief news conference, Blackburn acknowledged that his long tenure at UT may not sit well with a section of UTC's fan and alumni base.

However, Blackburn said his time in Knoxville — with a range of responsibilities that included overseeing football operations, raising money and being a non-coaching assistant on Phillip Fulmer's staff — has given him experience in virtually every phase of athletics. His relationships with officials in Knoxville and within the UT system also could benefit UTC, he said.

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Dickattrade writes:

I felt David should have been given a chance to be the UT athletic director prior to Hamilton and before Hart. Our loss would be a large gain for UTC.

tquillen#249140 writes:

As a fan of both UT and UTC living in Chattanooga, I hope David gets the job.

nocleats writes:

Little known fact, It was Davids maticulous observance and record keeping during the Kiffen disaster that kept UT from being slapped with lack of institutional control. If he had not been so proactive, the NCAA may have been much much more reactive.
Ironically it was Blackburns quick thinking that kept kiffy boy from getting his arse whooped by the UT players when he resigned on them . At that quick abrubt meeting, Blackburn created a slight diversion to give kiff a way out of the building before something bad happened that would have eventually landed the players in hot water.

VolzsFan writes:

The main reason the NCAA did not hammer them was because Kiffy was gone. Had he still been there they would have dropped the hammer. There where many things you all do not know about.

SevenT writes:

Good ... say goodbye to any of Hamilton's "fetch me a cup of coffee" boys.

Just Saying

FWBVol writes:

in response to SevenT:

Good ... say goodbye to any of Hamilton's "fetch me a cup of coffee" boys.

Just Saying

If ignorance is bliss, you are rolling in your happiness. Blackburn came into the UTAD under Doug Dickey and has been a great addition to the program.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

The main reason the NCAA did not hammer them was because Kiffy was gone. Had he still been there they would have dropped the hammer. There where many things you all do not know about.

Please enlighten us with your information and proof. As an alum that prefers honor and integrity to malice and treachery, I would want my school to be held accountable - just as I would want a stranger with evidence that none of us know about.

This is your chance, Z. Tell us about it and give us proof. 1...2...3...Go!

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

The main reason the NCAA did not hammer them was because Kiffy was gone. Had he still been there they would have dropped the hammer. There where many things you all do not know about.

Please tell us what the many things are you know about that none of us know about.

cheetah-vol writes:

in response to NeylandWest:

Please enlighten us with your information and proof. As an alum that prefers honor and integrity to malice and treachery, I would want my school to be held accountable - just as I would want a stranger with evidence that none of us know about.

This is your chance, Z. Tell us about it and give us proof. 1...2...3...Go!

Great minds think alike. Hah! Inquiring minds want to know what he has to share with us.

volboy81 writes:

Im not sure why anyone who is a fan of UTC would have any animosity toward UT, unless they have a case of inferior little brother syndrome & I think that is rare there. I grew up in Chattanooga and never knew anyone who was for UTC and against UT...I was always a UT fan, as are most people there. If UTC won, fine, (as long as it wasnt vs UT!) I'm sure most people who root for UTC are also UT fans. I think Blackburn has done a great job in Knoxville & would do a great job in Chattanooga as well.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

The main reason the NCAA did not hammer them was because Kiffy was gone. Had he still been there they would have dropped the hammer. There where many things you all do not know about.

To your first sentence: Duh!
To your last sentence: And vice versa.

NeylandWest writes:

in response to cheetah-vol:

Great minds think alike. Hah! Inquiring minds want to know what he has to share with us.

+1 ;)

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Dickattrade:

I felt David should have been given a chance to be the UT athletic director prior to Hamilton and before Hart. Our loss would be a large gain for UTC.

No doubt, UT had the right man all along..Good luck to him at UTC.

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