Posted by Tom Fornelli
Ever since Mike Hamilton stepped down as Tennessee's athletic director, there hasn't been a shortage of rumors about who would be replacing him. Phillip Fulmer's name has come up, even if Fulmer doesn't think he has a chance to land the job, and even former Vols quarterback Heath Shuler has been mentioned as a possibliity.
Well, according to the school's chairman of the University Athletics Board, Daniel Murphy, those rumors are just that: rumors. Murphy said the school hasn't interviewed a single person.
"People want to say, 'This person's out, this person's in.' None of that's happened," Murphy told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
"We've hired a search firm, and we're in the exploration phase. No decisions have been made on anybody. Nobody has been interviewed. You have to go through a very diligent process."
Bryan is a member of the five-person seach committee that Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek put together along with interim athletic director Joan Cronan. The school has also hired Parker Executive Search to help find a replacement for Hamilton.
While Jimmy Cheek said he'd like to find a replacement for Hamilton within six to eight weeks after Hamilton stepped down in June, the school doesn't seem to be in any rush to stick with that timeframe. While Tennessee would like to have somebody in place before the football season, it's not going to rush the process.