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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