The NCAA today called Tennessee men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl a cheater, basically. And the NCAA today said former Vols football coach Lane Kiffin oversaw a cheating staff, basically.
Pearl's still there. Kiffin is gone to Southern California. So what's the link between Pearl, Kiffin and Tennessee?
The athletics director who hired both of them. Mike Hamilton is his name. And he's still at Tennessee -- directing athletics, hiring coaches, monitoring everyone in the department.
Why is Hamilton still there? No idea. None. He may well be a good man, as readers have e-mailed me over the years. But he's a lousy AD. Hires poorly. Doesn't make sure they act ethically. Doesn't do anything with teeth when they get busted acting unethically.
Hamilton is still the AD at Tennessee, I presume, because his boss can't be bothered. Someone wake up the Tennessee president and show that person what the NCAA said about the school's athletic department. And when the Tennessee president asks what idiot has been running the Volunteers' sports arm, tell the Prez the truth:
Some guy named Mike Hamilton. Still. And for far too long.