CHATTANOOGA — That sleepless night in December might seem like it was much more than five months ago to Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.
One day after he thought he'd hired Louisville's Charlie Strong to be the Volunteers' football coach, Hart was in Lexington, Ky., visiting with Cincinnati coach Butch Jones for a late-night meeting that spilled over into the wee hours of a Friday morning.
Twenty-three weeks later, Hart described the experience of watching the man he hired energize a fan base and make some recruiting splashes in a brief amount of time.
"It's been gratifying and exciting," Hart said before the Big Orange Caravan's stop Thursday night at the Chattanooga Convention Center. "I'm excited in general. I'm excited about where we are and where we're headed, and clearly we got the right guy.
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