UT denies public access to athletics board meetings

UT denies public access to athletics board

University of Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart addresses the media regarding the future of the football program at the university in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The UT athletics board makes recommendations to Hart and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek without taking any of the board’s meeting minutes or providing any other documentation. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart addresses the media regarding the future of the football program at the university in the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The UT athletics board makes recommendations to Hart and Chancellor Jimmy Cheek without taking any of the board’s meeting minutes or providing any other documentation. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Last year, 18 of the University of Tennessee's top decision makers -- including two trustees -- met three times. They did so in private, despite a long precedent of holding public meetings.

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Comments » 9

mattingly writes:

See http://knoxblogs.com/volhistorian/wp-... for details about the media and the Athletics Board.

Volswin1 writes:

It's because you, the press can't be trusted to keep confidential some issues that do not need to, or should not be shared with everyone on the street. You media types love anything that can be spun into a scandal, so you can sell newspapers. You have ruined it for the rest of us. You know why they are doing this. You know very well why they have closed meetings with little or no written reports or notes. It's your fault. Cry me a river. You will have to look elsewhere for scandals.

TommyJack writes:

Memo to Hart: Lose the clairol.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Memo to Hart: Lose the clairol.

Dave Hart + scar on forehead + bolts on the neck = Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster.

wigmeister writes:

in response to MooseandSquirrelVol:

Dave Hart + scar on forehead + bolts on the neck = Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster.

He does have that resemblance!

Volborn writes:

The secret society of how Jimmy Cheek, with his fear of the power of Bruce Pearl, undercut our basketball program.

VibrantVol writes:

Governor Haslam needs to step in as Chairman of the UT Board of Trustees & see to it that all of these meetings are public. Cheek & Hart are trying to consolidate far too much power under themselves. Both have a Napoleonic complex. UT is a public university. As Anthony Hopkins famously stated in my favorite line of my favorite movie, "Legends of the Fall," "That's a public job you hold, Sheriff!" They are accountable to season ticket holders, donors, & taxpayers, who pay their salaries & benefits.

IndianOutlaw writes:

in response to VibrantVol:

Governor Haslam needs to step in as Chairman of the UT Board of Trustees & see to it that all of these meetings are public. Cheek & Hart are trying to consolidate far too much power under themselves. Both have a Napoleonic complex. UT is a public university. As Anthony Hopkins famously stated in my favorite line of my favorite movie, "Legends of the Fall," "That's a public job you hold, Sheriff!" They are accountable to season ticket holders, donors, & taxpayers, who pay their salaries & benefits.

A couple of misconceptions. 1. The AD and employees are not paid by the taxpayers. 2. It is not that group that you mention that is an issue to them. It is the media that is the fly in the oientement.
Depending on your view the media is the good guy or the bad guy. Just like Edward Snowden & the NSA. I won't make those judgements. But as for me I do trust Hart and distrust Cheek & Susan Matrin. And wonder if Joe DiPeatro has a clue or cares what is going on.

fannotsheep writes:

Hart is building quite the little kingdom on the Hill. He has already consolidated his power base, eliminated Summit and any powerful Lady Vol positions and persons. Any still remaining know they have to toe Dave's line. Margie is and always was a bi - - - (not bingo) and I don't think the secrecy is a good thing.

I imagine some of the same folks were instrumental in planning Pearl's downfall, from not letting him know the NCAA had Ohio State's little boy Craft's evidence to making sure his team had no hope of winning an NCAA Tournament Game after Haslam, Hamilton and Co. decided Pearl's fate to save their precious football program. They'd witnessed how a team responds to losing its coach when they fired Fulmer before the Wyoming game.

The media is your window. If you want it closed that's fine, but you'd best hope your trust in the folks behind the curtain is well placed. I would not trust Hart or Cheeky anywhere near as far as I could throw their skinny wrinkled butts.

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