Mike Hamilton defends department's debt practices

Magazine spotlights UT's financial woes

Blood:Water Mission President Mike Hamilton talks with C-N students during a campus chapel service.  Hamilton encouraged students to go and make a difference in the world.

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Blood:Water Mission President Mike Hamilton talks with C-N students during a campus chapel service. Hamilton encouraged students to go and make a difference in the world.

A story in a national sports magazine describing the financial struggles of Tennessee's athletic department spread quickly across the Internet this week, but former athletic director Mike Hamilton and some sports business analysts say UT's debt load isn't as dire — or unusual — as it might appear.

Headlined "At Tennessee, Big Orange battles red ink," the story published Monday in the SportsBusiness Journal summarized the financial hurdles that Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart has spoken about during the last year — a low reserve fund, onerous taxes and an annual payment to the university that was recently waived for three years.

But the article also spotlighted Tennessee's league-high debt of roughly $200 million, and much of the subsequent online commentary has focused on that jarring figure.

At least one sports business expert said that may miss the point, as Tennessee's debt load isn't dramatically out of synch with peers like LSU and Alabama. The difference is that UT's reserve is a paltry $2 million, last in the league, while Alabama's rainy-day fund has roughly $80 million.

Hamilton, UT's AD from 2003-11, responded to online criticism by using Twitter and publishing a series of tweets that defended the department's financial practices under his administration.

Hamilton, who is in Africa working with his charity and did not respond to a request for further comment, said long-term debt payments never exceeded 15 percent of total revenue during his tenure and were frequently lower. All projects that required issuing bonds were tied to a specific revenue stream and approved by the university's trustees, he said.

Hart has vowed to grow the reserve fund while slimming the debt load. He negotiated a three-year freeze on the annual gifts the athletics department has traditionally sent the university, saving $6 million annually. He's also lobbied to end the costly amusement tax on tickets.

Hamilton said the gifts put athletics at a "competitive disadvantage" and he was glad they had been suspended.

UT's athletic department posted a $3.98 million deficit in the 2011-12 fiscal year, but is on pace for balanced books in 2012-13.

As for annual debt payments, UT spokesperson Jimmy Stanton said the department spent $7.7 million in 2009-10, $9 million in 2010-11 and $10.5 million in 2011-12. In the current fiscal year, UT is slated to pay $20.4 million, but that includes $6.95 million in restricted donations that can't be used for general operating expenses and will be used to pay down facilities debt.

"Typically speaking, debt is reduced by direct capital gifts and associated payments, premium seat revenue, operating income and donor cash flow," Hamilton wrote.

As recently as two years ago, four other SEC teams had higher annual debt payments than UT, according to the BusinessofCollegeSports.com, which said the numbers can fluctuate annually based on a number of factors.

"The real issue," the website wrote, "is the limited reserves Tennessee athletics currently has on hand. That is one area not in line with other SEC schools."

Stanton said the reserve fund hit a high-water mark of $7 million in 2008. Hart would eventually like it to be closer to SEC peers who have $50 million-$100 million on hand.

Hamilton said he supports Hart, a "great AD," and predicted UT would have "much success ahead."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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DukeDeLuca2 writes:

Mike Hamilton consolidated his power when he was named AD. He swept out most people with UT backgrounds. He fired or forced the retirement of almost everyone with a longer tenure at UT than himself.

With Phil Fulmer's retirement in the not too distant future, and the Fulmer's next stop appearing to be as the next UT athletic director, he gave Phil a nice raise just before a humiliating dismissal in the middle of the season. I suppose that softened the blow for Coach Fulmer, but it's evident that the wrong man left the UT athletic department.

I was told by a lifetime staffer (since forced into retirement) about six years ago that Hamilton was running UT down a shaky financial road. He said we would pay the piper about now. It turned out to be true.

Regardless of where our debt load might be in relation to other SEC schools, the athletic department was run with quiet recklessness during the Hamilton administration. The proof is in the bottom line.

Mike Hamilton is in Africa and is hopefully doing good things there.

I don't know how far that is from Knoxville, but I like the idea that he's in Africa and not on the UT campus.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

Mike Hamilton, the biggest mistake in UTK history.

GOJO writes:

The truth hurts does'n it Mike?

Prostar writes:

The two biggest blunders that I see are 1. Giving Fulmer an extension and raise on his contract and subsequently firing him with a huge payout. 2. The $5 mil. buyout given Dooley who was not a proven headcoach. Hamilton may have been a good fundraiser but he was a disaster as an administrator/contract negotiator.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I'm certain he would defend his criminal misuse of funds.

creekroad writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca2:

Mike Hamilton consolidated his power when he was named AD. He swept out most people with UT backgrounds. He fired or forced the retirement of almost everyone with a longer tenure at UT than himself.

With Phil Fulmer's retirement in the not too distant future, and the Fulmer's next stop appearing to be as the next UT athletic director, he gave Phil a nice raise just before a humiliating dismissal in the middle of the season. I suppose that softened the blow for Coach Fulmer, but it's evident that the wrong man left the UT athletic department.

I was told by a lifetime staffer (since forced into retirement) about six years ago that Hamilton was running UT down a shaky financial road. He said we would pay the piper about now. It turned out to be true.

Regardless of where our debt load might be in relation to other SEC schools, the athletic department was run with quiet recklessness during the Hamilton administration. The proof is in the bottom line.

Mike Hamilton is in Africa and is hopefully doing good things there.

I don't know how far that is from Knoxville, but I like the idea that he's in Africa and not on the UT campus.

All of the above is absolutely correct. Additionally, he completely alienated alumni by disassociating the athletic department (ie: Big Orange Club) from the Alumni Association.

Pompey writes:

....Mike Hamilton was allow cut a wide swath of destruction through Tennessee's athletic department by those who were supposed to be providing oversight...simple as that..!

manniesghost1903 writes:

I say "sting the SOB UP!"

RememberWhen writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca2:

Mike Hamilton consolidated his power when he was named AD. He swept out most people with UT backgrounds. He fired or forced the retirement of almost everyone with a longer tenure at UT than himself.

With Phil Fulmer's retirement in the not too distant future, and the Fulmer's next stop appearing to be as the next UT athletic director, he gave Phil a nice raise just before a humiliating dismissal in the middle of the season. I suppose that softened the blow for Coach Fulmer, but it's evident that the wrong man left the UT athletic department.

I was told by a lifetime staffer (since forced into retirement) about six years ago that Hamilton was running UT down a shaky financial road. He said we would pay the piper about now. It turned out to be true.

Regardless of where our debt load might be in relation to other SEC schools, the athletic department was run with quiet recklessness during the Hamilton administration. The proof is in the bottom line.

Mike Hamilton is in Africa and is hopefully doing good things there.

I don't know how far that is from Knoxville, but I like the idea that he's in Africa and not on the UT campus.

Your next piece of factual knowledge will be your first. The ONLY problem with the UTAD is the lack of winning! Blame Hamilton for the football coaching situation if you want, that's fine, but the bottom line is that if Fulmer hadn't gotten fat(ter), dumb and lazy the football program would still be elite, fans would still be flocking to Neyland, and boosters would still be dumping millions in. Hamilton made a decision to make a change. That's his call and his job. Kiffen was a quality hire and got better results right off the bat - on the field and moreso in recruiting - don't tell me about how many left because they came to play for Kiffin not Opie. The fact that Pearl got stupid about the same time and brought the NCAA to the doorstep with guns blazing forced Hamilton to hire Mr. I Can't Coach but I'm Squeeky Clean when Kiffin chose to take a better job. Those are the facts. The man made bad hires and of course chose to grossly overpay the WOMENS bball coach. All of the "cleaning house" in the UTAD has been initiated by Hart not Hamilton and was long overdue besides being the right thing to do so as to eliminate redundency and waste after the merger of the mens and womens depts. The solution is equally simple...WIN FOOTBALL GAMES AND GET BACK TO BEING ELITE. The combination of more ticket sales and larger donations that winning provides coupled with the efficiency gains administratively and added to the completion of payouts to bad coaches will be more than enough to get things back on track. It's not panic time - except for getting rid of Martin before he totally does to basketball what Fulmer/Dooley did to football - and it can turn quickly. All you little fools making your $9 an hour get excited about big numbers like $200 million but as the article points out...the experts find it more than acceptable so just S_T_F_U!!!

UTKin1992 writes:

I can't say anything about Hamilton that hasn't been said already. He's simply a pitiful failure.

I just feel bad for the Africans he's currently trying to "help". He'll end up doing more damage than good. If you see him anywhere on the dark continent, put him on the first plane outta there! For your own sakes!

SevenT writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

Your next piece of factual knowledge will be your first. The ONLY problem with the UTAD is the lack of winning! Blame Hamilton for the football coaching situation if you want, that's fine, but the bottom line is that if Fulmer hadn't gotten fat(ter), dumb and lazy the football program would still be elite, fans would still be flocking to Neyland, and boosters would still be dumping millions in. Hamilton made a decision to make a change. That's his call and his job. Kiffen was a quality hire and got better results right off the bat - on the field and moreso in recruiting - don't tell me about how many left because they came to play for Kiffin not Opie. The fact that Pearl got stupid about the same time and brought the NCAA to the doorstep with guns blazing forced Hamilton to hire Mr. I Can't Coach but I'm Squeeky Clean when Kiffin chose to take a better job. Those are the facts. The man made bad hires and of course chose to grossly overpay the WOMENS bball coach. All of the "cleaning house" in the UTAD has been initiated by Hart not Hamilton and was long overdue besides being the right thing to do so as to eliminate redundency and waste after the merger of the mens and womens depts. The solution is equally simple...WIN FOOTBALL GAMES AND GET BACK TO BEING ELITE. The combination of more ticket sales and larger donations that winning provides coupled with the efficiency gains administratively and added to the completion of payouts to bad coaches will be more than enough to get things back on track. It's not panic time - except for getting rid of Martin before he totally does to basketball what Fulmer/Dooley did to football - and it can turn quickly. All you little fools making your $9 an hour get excited about big numbers like $200 million but as the article points out...the experts find it more than acceptable so just S_T_F_U!!!

You seem to be the one in need of factual knowledge Pal

In 2007 Fulmer's Tennessee team went 10-4, Won the SEC-East regular season and beat a very good Wisconsin team in a New Years Day Bowl game. That is called WINNING!

One season later Hamilton fired Fulmer and the rest is history.

volsmith writes:

I predict that most athletic teams will be pitiful at UT in the foreseeable future, as long as Jimmy Cheek and Dave Hart are running things.

FWBVol writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

Your next piece of factual knowledge will be your first. The ONLY problem with the UTAD is the lack of winning! Blame Hamilton for the football coaching situation if you want, that's fine, but the bottom line is that if Fulmer hadn't gotten fat(ter), dumb and lazy the football program would still be elite, fans would still be flocking to Neyland, and boosters would still be dumping millions in. Hamilton made a decision to make a change. That's his call and his job. Kiffen was a quality hire and got better results right off the bat - on the field and moreso in recruiting - don't tell me about how many left because they came to play for Kiffin not Opie. The fact that Pearl got stupid about the same time and brought the NCAA to the doorstep with guns blazing forced Hamilton to hire Mr. I Can't Coach but I'm Squeeky Clean when Kiffin chose to take a better job. Those are the facts. The man made bad hires and of course chose to grossly overpay the WOMENS bball coach. All of the "cleaning house" in the UTAD has been initiated by Hart not Hamilton and was long overdue besides being the right thing to do so as to eliminate redundency and waste after the merger of the mens and womens depts. The solution is equally simple...WIN FOOTBALL GAMES AND GET BACK TO BEING ELITE. The combination of more ticket sales and larger donations that winning provides coupled with the efficiency gains administratively and added to the completion of payouts to bad coaches will be more than enough to get things back on track. It's not panic time - except for getting rid of Martin before he totally does to basketball what Fulmer/Dooley did to football - and it can turn quickly. All you little fools making your $9 an hour get excited about big numbers like $200 million but as the article points out...the experts find it more than acceptable so just S_T_F_U!!!

Here's a news flash for you Mr. Know It All, by your own statements you acknowledge the men and women athletic departments were separate under Hamilton's watch, which means Hamilton had nothing to do with Pat Summitt's contract. Also, the University had a master plan in place to merge the men and women departments long before things fell apart under Hamilton's watch.

As for Pat Summitt being overpaid, although you didn't call her by name, she's the winningest coach in the history of her sport and the includes men or women. Even if you buy the argument that it's not fair to compare the women's game with the men's game, which, by the way, I do, she is still the winningest coach in the history her sport of women's baskeetball. Pat Summitt won more national championships than anyone in the history of women's college basketball and helped the University of Tennessee bring in a lot of money during her time.

Even if you throw out all of those factors, by law the University of Tennessee was required to pay her a comparable salary to that of the men's coach.

VolFanHoping writes:

in response to Prostar:

The two biggest blunders that I see are 1. Giving Fulmer an extension and raise on his contract and subsequently firing him with a huge payout. 2. The $5 mil. buyout given Dooley who was not a proven headcoach. Hamilton may have been a good fundraiser but he was a disaster as an administrator/contract negotiator.

While he may have been a good fundraiser, it seems to becoming apparent that he was an ever "better" spender. Obviously UT's current financial woes are very much his fault. It's just too sad Cheeky added to them by giving Hammy $1.3 million not due him.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

Your next piece of factual knowledge will be your first. The ONLY problem with the UTAD is the lack of winning! Blame Hamilton for the football coaching situation if you want, that's fine, but the bottom line is that if Fulmer hadn't gotten fat(ter), dumb and lazy the football program would still be elite, fans would still be flocking to Neyland, and boosters would still be dumping millions in. Hamilton made a decision to make a change. That's his call and his job. Kiffen was a quality hire and got better results right off the bat - on the field and moreso in recruiting - don't tell me about how many left because they came to play for Kiffin not Opie. The fact that Pearl got stupid about the same time and brought the NCAA to the doorstep with guns blazing forced Hamilton to hire Mr. I Can't Coach but I'm Squeeky Clean when Kiffin chose to take a better job. Those are the facts. The man made bad hires and of course chose to grossly overpay the WOMENS bball coach. All of the "cleaning house" in the UTAD has been initiated by Hart not Hamilton and was long overdue besides being the right thing to do so as to eliminate redundency and waste after the merger of the mens and womens depts. The solution is equally simple...WIN FOOTBALL GAMES AND GET BACK TO BEING ELITE. The combination of more ticket sales and larger donations that winning provides coupled with the efficiency gains administratively and added to the completion of payouts to bad coaches will be more than enough to get things back on track. It's not panic time - except for getting rid of Martin before he totally does to basketball what Fulmer/Dooley did to football - and it can turn quickly. All you little fools making your $9 an hour get excited about big numbers like $200 million but as the article points out...the experts find it more than acceptable so just S_T_F_U!!!

RememberWhen is full of something other than facts. Bombast and B.S. do not obscure the fact that Fulmer was on track to have a 2nd good bounceback season, had not Cutcliffe been given the Duke HC job. "Cut" was hired late in football year, and Fulmer had to scramble to find an OC, at a time when no good ones were on the market.

Fulmer was not the problem; he was part of the solution, had people like you done the STFUing; so that those who understood what was going on could continue to fix the problems.

Instead, mouthy ignoramuses emailed new administrators, board members and everybody else a LOT of bad information---and barraged their offices and homes with phone calls.

So for those who do not know that footballs are not spherical, UT football is in the tank...along with everything else...because these malcontents, their bombast & B.S....and timid, anti-athletics new administrators converged to almost destroy everything about UT Athletics.

The fault is with the mal-contents at the time Phillip Fulmer was doing the turn-around. They are to blame for the real problems, because they emboldened the anti-UT, anti-Athletics, anti-Fulmer/Pearl/Delmonico/et-al crowd.

And in so doing, with their chronic witching, whining and complaining to the new administrators and on every message board between here and UCLA; they framed the demise of UT's athletics department.

These people...you included...are to blame. You need to be quiet, sir/maam/mixed and allow better people to fix problems you and those like you caused.

I have no advice for you about your ignorance, which is apalling. Frankly, the scope and intensity of it is quite alarming, as is the fact that you have no idea what you and those like you have done.

Such ignorance among Volunteers is very surprising, considering our University's storied history.

GO VOLS!

arkyvol writes:

i'm not one of those fans who values athletics over academics, but hammy single handedly turned the u.t. athletic dept. into a toxic waste dump. he should always be remembered for hiring a head football coach with zero credentials and when the inevitable happened, that nothing coach walked away with a hammy designed five million dollar golden parachute. btw, he didn't forget himself while he was looting the department. for proving his own incompetence, he walked with a mil and a half.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca2:

Mike Hamilton consolidated his power when he was named AD. He swept out most people with UT backgrounds. He fired or forced the retirement of almost everyone with a longer tenure at UT than himself.

With Phil Fulmer's retirement in the not too distant future, and the Fulmer's next stop appearing to be as the next UT athletic director, he gave Phil a nice raise just before a humiliating dismissal in the middle of the season. I suppose that softened the blow for Coach Fulmer, but it's evident that the wrong man left the UT athletic department.

I was told by a lifetime staffer (since forced into retirement) about six years ago that Hamilton was running UT down a shaky financial road. He said we would pay the piper about now. It turned out to be true.

Regardless of where our debt load might be in relation to other SEC schools, the athletic department was run with quiet recklessness during the Hamilton administration. The proof is in the bottom line.

Mike Hamilton is in Africa and is hopefully doing good things there.

I don't know how far that is from Knoxville, but I like the idea that he's in Africa and not on the UT campus.

Your comments indicate that either you didn't read the article or you are unable to understand the financial details that were explained. Of course, since you were told something by someone, the facts don't matter..

SummittsCourt writes:

Mike Hamilton - Vol sports program killer.

Nothing he says is worth spit.

ArmyDad writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Here's a news flash for you Mr. Know It All, by your own statements you acknowledge the men and women athletic departments were separate under Hamilton's watch, which means Hamilton had nothing to do with Pat Summitt's contract. Also, the University had a master plan in place to merge the men and women departments long before things fell apart under Hamilton's watch.

As for Pat Summitt being overpaid, although you didn't call her by name, she's the winningest coach in the history of her sport and the includes men or women. Even if you buy the argument that it's not fair to compare the women's game with the men's game, which, by the way, I do, she is still the winningest coach in the history her sport of women's baskeetball. Pat Summitt won more national championships than anyone in the history of women's college basketball and helped the University of Tennessee bring in a lot of money during her time.

Even if you throw out all of those factors, by law the University of Tennessee was required to pay her a comparable salary to that of the men's coach.

On your last statement, that's just not accurate. If it were, Holly Warlick would be making $1.3 million per year as is Cuonzo Martin, instead of just under $500K.

BuckFama writes:

Hamilton was the worst AD in UT history. I can remember reading all of the idiotic posts and listening to all of the idiotic callers to the sports talk shows who said that UT needed to emulate other universities and hire a bean counter as AD. They got their wish, and a bean counter WAS hired as athletics director. That bean counter then promptly directed the men's athletics programs into the dumper.

Hamilton's hire led the men's track program downward. His hire let the baseball program tank. His hire led the NCAA to the men's basketball program's door. His first football HC hire could only get by his first couple of months before being reprimanded by SEC commissioner Mike Slive. And the university wasn't through paying for the hiring of Kiffin 3 years after he left: last November the NCAA extended Tennessee's recruiting probation by two years. His 2nd football hire ... well, we all know how that one went.

Before Hamilton, UT's athletics budget operated in the black. Now, the university is trying to dig out of a ton of debt after gross mismanagement.

Now, who's the idiot who is trying to blame this on Fulmer?

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Here's a news flash for you Mr. Know It All, by your own statements you acknowledge the men and women athletic departments were separate under Hamilton's watch, which means Hamilton had nothing to do with Pat Summitt's contract. Also, the University had a master plan in place to merge the men and women departments long before things fell apart under Hamilton's watch.

As for Pat Summitt being overpaid, although you didn't call her by name, she's the winningest coach in the history of her sport and the includes men or women. Even if you buy the argument that it's not fair to compare the women's game with the men's game, which, by the way, I do, she is still the winningest coach in the history her sport of women's baskeetball. Pat Summitt won more national championships than anyone in the history of women's college basketball and helped the University of Tennessee bring in a lot of money during her time.

Even if you throw out all of those factors, by law the University of Tennessee was required to pay her a comparable salary to that of the men's coach.

That is one of the dumbest comments I've ever read on the internet. Do you really believe what you said in your last paragraph?

jumboliyah writes:

So glad we could make some many incompetents dreams come true for them...he's in Africa on our dime doing what he wants...with no financial worries...while we face the dire financial mountain in front of us he left behind...

jumboliyah writes:

Isn't it amazing how many high paid folks we fire and then pay them over years while they relax? Jerry Green...Rod Delmonico....Todd Raleigh...Mike Hamilton...Derrick Dooley...Wade Houston...not to mention the Presidents...geez does anyone over there check these folks out? Oh I forgot Hamilton hired or fired most of that list.

GOJO writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

RememberWhen is full of something other than facts. Bombast and B.S. do not obscure the fact that Fulmer was on track to have a 2nd good bounceback season, had not Cutcliffe been given the Duke HC job. "Cut" was hired late in football year, and Fulmer had to scramble to find an OC, at a time when no good ones were on the market.

Fulmer was not the problem; he was part of the solution, had people like you done the STFUing; so that those who understood what was going on could continue to fix the problems.

Instead, mouthy ignoramuses emailed new administrators, board members and everybody else a LOT of bad information---and barraged their offices and homes with phone calls.

So for those who do not know that footballs are not spherical, UT football is in the tank...along with everything else...because these malcontents, their bombast & B.S....and timid, anti-athletics new administrators converged to almost destroy everything about UT Athletics.

The fault is with the mal-contents at the time Phillip Fulmer was doing the turn-around. They are to blame for the real problems, because they emboldened the anti-UT, anti-Athletics, anti-Fulmer/Pearl/Delmonico/et-al crowd.

And in so doing, with their chronic witching, whining and complaining to the new administrators and on every message board between here and UCLA; they framed the demise of UT's athletics department.

These people...you included...are to blame. You need to be quiet, sir/maam/mixed and allow better people to fix problems you and those like you caused.

I have no advice for you about your ignorance, which is apalling. Frankly, the scope and intensity of it is quite alarming, as is the fact that you have no idea what you and those like you have done.

Such ignorance among Volunteers is very surprising, considering our University's storied history.

GO VOLS!

***********

Amen, keep preaching the facts.

saveourearth#227093 writes:

"Hamilton said the [academic] gifts put athletics at a 'competitive disadvantage' and he was glad they had been suspended."

Gee, we would really hate for UT AD to be at a "competitive disadvantage" as it spews money from its firehose on new sky boxes and overpriced, box-of-rocks coaches! What alternate reality does the AD live in? It is almost like they think their reason for being has nothing to do with the actual university.

SomeGuy writes:

in response to RememberWhen:

Your next piece of factual knowledge will be your first. The ONLY problem with the UTAD is the lack of winning! Blame Hamilton for the football coaching situation if you want, that's fine, but the bottom line is that if Fulmer hadn't gotten fat(ter), dumb and lazy the football program would still be elite, fans would still be flocking to Neyland, and boosters would still be dumping millions in. Hamilton made a decision to make a change. That's his call and his job. Kiffen was a quality hire and got better results right off the bat - on the field and moreso in recruiting - don't tell me about how many left because they came to play for Kiffin not Opie. The fact that Pearl got stupid about the same time and brought the NCAA to the doorstep with guns blazing forced Hamilton to hire Mr. I Can't Coach but I'm Squeeky Clean when Kiffin chose to take a better job. Those are the facts. The man made bad hires and of course chose to grossly overpay the WOMENS bball coach. All of the "cleaning house" in the UTAD has been initiated by Hart not Hamilton and was long overdue besides being the right thing to do so as to eliminate redundency and waste after the merger of the mens and womens depts. The solution is equally simple...WIN FOOTBALL GAMES AND GET BACK TO BEING ELITE. The combination of more ticket sales and larger donations that winning provides coupled with the efficiency gains administratively and added to the completion of payouts to bad coaches will be more than enough to get things back on track. It's not panic time - except for getting rid of Martin before he totally does to basketball what Fulmer/Dooley did to football - and it can turn quickly. All you little fools making your $9 an hour get excited about big numbers like $200 million but as the article points out...the experts find it more than acceptable so just S_T_F_U!!!

Mike Hamilton was a disaster as the UT men's AD but he had NOTHING to do with the pay of women's sports coaches. And even if he did Pat Summitt deserved and earned her pay far more than Phildo Foolmer, the guy that Hammy allowed to destroy the program and even rewarded with his infamous 8-is-enough contract extension did.

SomeGuy writes:

in response to GOJO:

***********

Amen, keep preaching the facts.

Better still, how about actually stating a fact. The fact is that Fulmer destroyed the football program which in turn has nearly destroyed the UT Athletic Dept. Hammy is the guy who stood by and allowed this to happen. Hammy and Phildo couldn't have done more damage if they had been paid Alabama saboteurs.

fabiofive148 writes:

Who hired Hamilton?

rbwtn writes:

If Mike Hamilton hadn't stuck his tale tween his legs and booked very easy teams we could beat the Stadium would have been packed mostly all season. the fans aren't stupid. That was a Big inexperienced Mistake. Heck I didn't even care about the games and never watched the boring games on TV. The new AD Hart should immediately start to replace those schools with names that Mean something and will bring back the crows, they are out there you just got to find them Yes we may not win them all but the ones we do beat will add to the trust in the resurgence of Tennessee Football. Think about it!

rbwtn writes:

If Mike Hamilton hadn't stuck his tale tween his legs and booked very easy teams we could beat the Stadium would have been packed mostly all season. the fans aren't stupid. That was a Big inexperienced Mistake. Heck I didn't even care about the games and never watched the boring games on TV. The new AD Hart should immediately start to replace those schools with names that Mean something and will bring back the crowds, they are out there you just got to find them Yes we may not win them all but the ones we do beat will add to the trust in the resurgence of Tennessee Football. Think about it!

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