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Tennessee baseball coach Rod Delmonico gives instruction during the first practice of 2006 for UT's baseball team. Delmonico was fired following the 2007 season, finishing with 699 wins and three college world series appearances in 18 seasons.

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Tennessee baseball coach Rod Delmonico gives instruction during the first practice of 2006 for UT's baseball team. Delmonico was fired following the 2007 season, finishing with 699 wins and three college world series appearances in 18 seasons.

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  • Tennessee baseball coach Rod Delmonico gives instruction during the first practice of 2006 for UT's baseball team. Delmonico was fired following the 2007 season, finishing with 699 wins and three college world series appearances in 18 seasons.
  • Todd Raleigh was introduced as the new baseball coach at the University of Tennessee during a June 7, 2007 press conference at Neyland Stadium. Raleigh became the 23rd UT baseball head coach in the program's history.
  • Tennessee basketball coach Buzz Peterson, right, talks with the Vols' Dane Bradshaw during UT's 76-62 loss to Kentucky at the SEC tournament in Atlanta. The game would be Peterson's last as Vols coach.
  • New Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his wife Kim accept a Tennessee Jersey from UT President John Petersen while he is introduced during a press conference to name him as the new coach at Thompson-Boling Arena on March 28, 2005.
  • Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl joins his players, Melvin Goins, center, and Tobias Harris, right, as they answer questions from the media after losing 75-45 to Michigan during the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. on March 18, 2011, Pearl's last game as Tennessee coach. Pearl, who led the Vols to their first No 1. ranking, six straight NCAA appearances and the program's first Elite Eight, was fired on Monday, March 21, 2011 amidst an ongoing NCAA inquiry into the program.
  • Cuonzo Martin speaks during his introduction as the new University of Tennessee men's basketball coach on Monday, March 28, 2010.
  • Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer, center, speaks during a press conference as his wife Vicky, left, and Athletic Director Mike Hamilton, right, listen Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 in Knoxville. Fulmer was forced out as coach after 17 years that included a national championship.
  • Lane Kiffin, right, poses with Men's Athletic Director Mike Hamilton after being introduced at a press conference by Monday, Dec. 1, 2008 in Knoxville. Kiffin, 33, replaced Phillip Fulmer.
  • Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin speaks to a crowd of reporters Jan. 12, 2010, to announce his resignation. Kiffin is returned to Southern California as the Trojans' coach after just one season at Tennessee.
  • Tennessee coach Derek Dooley poses with his wife Dr. Allison Jeffers Dooley and children, from left, Peyton, Juliana and John Taylor in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, after being introduced at UT's new head coach.

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TheVolMan writes:

I'm sure the Hamilton Haters will continue their agenda. They're still bitter that Fulmer was removed even though they are in denial that he had to go. Sad people.

volsfan1975 writes:

in response to TheVolMan:

I'm sure the Hamilton Haters will continue their agenda. They're still bitter that Fulmer was removed even though they are in denial that he had to go. Sad people.

mike hamilton sucks like you do.wanting him fired has nothing to do with fulmer.he has fired good coaches like pearl,Delmonico .these guys have changed the program at tenn.so get out from under his desk and get a life

RealisticVol writes:

in response to TheVolMan:

I'm sure the Hamilton Haters will continue their agenda. They're still bitter that Fulmer was removed even though they are in denial that he had to go. Sad people.

I am not unhappy that Fulmer was fired. Vol opponents spend big to get winners and they win. Mikie Hamilton spends small on unprovens and gambles it will pay off. So if we win, we still have to start paying big to keep them and if we lose, we start over from a lower bottom with someone else. I am not against our present coaches and hope they do well but the hiring procedure is poor. FIRE HAMILTON AND GET SOMEONE WITH THE BUSINESS SENSE TO PAY IN THE FIRST PLACE TO GET SOMEONE PROVEN TO BE A WINNER.

1vavol writes:

Mike Hamilton has turned UT into a laughing stock. RealisticVol hits the nail on the head. As long as Hammy is the AD, no big name coach will want to come to UT. Intrest in UT sports has went down, attendance is down, and students arent taking much intrest in our sports. As long as Mike is here it will stay this way. Sad times for UT sports. If you care one bit about the University of Tennessee, please step down Hamilton. You may go down as the worst AD in UT history.

slovogkc writes:

Mike Hamilton's three fires (football, basketball, baseball): an average winning pct of nearly .700, 11 top-10 finishes, a national title in football, the basketball program's first-ever Elite Eight appearance, and three of the baseball programs four World Series appearances...

Enough said.

shipperman#280095 writes:

Football, one championship in 1998, and not even a single SEC title after that in 10 years. Fat boy overstayed his welcome. Basketball: The coach lied to the NCAA and then kept breaking rules. Baseball: I agree

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

hamilton is so full of himself he cant see the forrest for all the trees,his time in Knoxville is closing hopefully sooner than later...get out of her hamilton go screw up somebody eleses program!!!

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