Tag:Mike Hamilton
Posted on: July 22, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2011 5:27 pm
 

Tennessee self-imposes two years' probation

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Given the craziness breaking out in Columbus, Tennessee picked an awfully nice time to make a little announcement of their own: the Volunteers are self-imposing two years' worth of probation following violations committed under Lane Kiffin and former men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions could still set stiffer penalties at their meeting with the Vols, a meeting that at this time remains unscheduled but which should occur in the next eight weeks. But the university feels "the penalties imposed during the course of its investigation, coupled with its corrective measures, adequately address the violations that occurred."

Besides the probation, the school also imposed some minor recruiting restrictions on Derek Dooley's (as well as new hoops coach Cuonzo Martin's) staff. Their 168 "recruiting days" for the spring 2011 evaluation period were cut to 162, and only five members of Dooley's 10-member staff are allowed to make telephone calls to recruits on Nov. 1 of this year, the first day of the "recruiting "contact period."

The penalties come in addition to a number of other penalties issued by Tennessee compliance earlier this year. As the story from the Knoxville News-Sentinel reports:
As noted in the response [to the NCAA], all individuals associated with the violations, with the exception of football Director of Player Personnel Steve Rubio, are no longer employed by the university. That includes former athletic director Mike Hamilton, who resigned days before the June hearing, and former men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl and his three assistants, who all collectively misled NCAA investigators during June 2010 interviews.
The NCAA may slap on another year of probation or offer a few more (more substantial) recruiting restrictions. But unless another violation is uncovered during the two-year probation period, the worst for Tennessee athletics is now probably over.

Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Tennessee hasn't interviewed anybody for AD job

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. 

Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Fulmer doesn't think he'll get AD job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee has named Joan Cronan as its interim athletic director following the resignation of Mike Hamilton, but that doesn't mean the search for a full-time replacement has ended. As you'd expect, one name that comes up pretty often as a candidate is former coach Phil Fulmer. Fulmer himself has let it be known that he'd be interested in the job, but just because he's interested that doesn't mean he likes his chances.

Fulmer admitted as much while attending a charity golf tournament this week in Tennessee.

“I don’t think I’ll be one of the guys they’ll even consider,’’ Fulmer told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Because they’re probably looking for a sitting athletic director, more than likely.

“And that’s good. That’s no problem. I’m just interested to see who it’s going to be.’’ 

Fulmer's logic is hard to argue with. Yes, he may still be a sentimental favorite amongst Tennessee fans, but just because he's won a national championship at Tennessee doesn't mean he's the most attractive candidate to run the entire athletic department. Besides, if any former Tennessee head coach should become an athletic director, it should be Lane Kiffin.

Imagine the fun we'd all have with that. 

Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Joan Cronan named interim AD at Tennessee

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee announced on Thursday that Joan Cronan will serve as the school's interim Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director following the recent resignation of Mike Hamilton at the school. Cronan has served as the school's director of women's athletics at Tennessee since the 1983-84 season.

"Joan Cronan epitomizes the Volunteer spirit," said Tennessee's Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek in a statement. "She has been a vital part of Tennessee Athletics for thirty years and will provide proven leadership during our transitional period. I appreciate her willingness to assume this responsibility."

"I am humbled and honored by this opportunity, and I greatly appreciate the chancellor’s faith in me," said Cronan. "This is an exciting time for Tennessee Athletics, as we have a great team of coaches, staff, and student-athletes. It has been a tremendous honor to serve this university for thirty years, and I am grateful for the chance to play an integral role in helping shape the bright future of Tennessee Athletics."

There was no mention in the release of when Tennessee hopes to have a new, permanant athletic director in place, nor was there any mention of whom they'd like it to be. Though Phil Fulmer is available.

Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Tennessee announced that athletic director Mike Hamilton would be resigning, many Volunteer fans were happy to see him depart. After all, Hamilton's reign will forever be remembered for the Bruce Pearl violations and the disastrous Lane Kiffin project. Kiffin, of course was brought in after Hamilton fired beloved head coach Phillip Fulmer. After Hamilton's resignation, Fulmer's name has repeatedly come up as a possibility for his replacement. On Wednesday Fulmer spoke to Chris Low, of ESPN.com, and weighed in on the job opening.
"What I want is what's best for my university," Fulmer said. "I'll spend my time over these next few days trying to figure out what that is and whether this is something that's real for me to be able to do, both from a professional and a personal standpoint.

"We'll see what the feelings are of the people there at the university and the decision-makers, and that's simply where we are right now. I'm not politicking for the job, and I don't need a job. But if I can help my university, I'm interested in doing that any way I can."
One of Fulmer's most recent posts was a college football analyst here at CBS Sports. He clearly still has a passion for the school, and could be the perfect figurehead to lead the Volunteers out of this "dark age." Fulmer went on to compliment the work of head coach Derek Dooley, as well as speak highly of the new university administration. The idea of Fulmer as an AD is far from novel, and I expect this possibility to build momentum in the coming weeks.
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:12 am
 

Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton resigning

Posted by Chip Patterson

After a tumultuous couple of years that saw issues in both the football and the basketball programs, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton will resign today, according to a local report.

WBIR-10 in Knoxville first reported that Hamilton, who had been the athletic director in Knoxville since 2003, will hold a news conference at 11:00 a.m. to announce his official resignation. Since taking over as athletic director, Hamilton has taken heat for the firing of beloved football coach Phillip Fulmer, and the mess that was left after the departure of his replacement - Lane Kiffin. The basketball program is currently trying to repair itself as well after former head coach Bruce Pearl was punished for lying to the NCAA in an investigation of recruiting violations.

The announcement of the resignation comes just days before Tennessee's meeting with the NCAA Committee on Infractions Friday in Indianapolis. University spokesperson Jimmy Stanton confirmed the news conference, and said that Hamilton will still be traveling to Indianapolis for the NCAA hearings at the end of the week.
 
 
 
 
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