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Tennessee's problem starts at the top

Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:18 pm
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.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Tennessee

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:39 am

Tennessee's problem starts at the top

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 11:00 pm

Tennessee's problem starts at the top

Just maybe the NCAA is showing some sort of compassion for the good folks on Rocky Top. Hiring little Drooley assures the other 5 Eastern members of the SEC that they ALL have a shot for the title game in Atlanta because the Vols won't ever get close with the ex-LaTech coach @ the helm. I think the NCAA recognized this fact and will continue to go easy on UT-Knoxville knowing full well the limits this once proud program has. Pearl and Kiffin is either the top law firm in eastern Tennessee or the best used car lot. Not really sure what's the difference!

Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:31 pm

Tennessee's problem starts at the top

Well, he did hire the son of squeaky Vince Dooley so maybe that one will work out. Still amazes me that with the Pearl and Kiffin fiasco the NCAA didn't give UT the Institutional Control slap. Maybe the Dooley hire made up for it in the NCAA's eyes. 

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