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It's bad when the football program is charged with major violations. It's bad when the men's basketball program is charged with major violations.
When they both get charged at the same time? It's really bad. Fireable offense bad.
If I were the president at Tennessee, the man in charge of an athletic department that has hemorrhaged credibility at an alarming rate in recent years would need a Committee on Infractions miracle to keep his job. Nothing short of an exoneration of both programs would be enough to spare Hamilton -- and chances of that happening are even smaller than the chances that Tennessee plays in the next BCS championship game.
|Tennessee men's athletic director Mike Hamilton announced his resignation on Tuesday.|
"My family and I love the University of Tennessee, and we love Knoxville," Hamilton said in a statement. "We have poured out our lives over the last 19 years to try to make this a better community, a better athletic program and a better university."
His resignation comes just days before Tennessee officials will travel to Indianapolis to appear before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. That hearing is scheduled for Saturday, which Hamilton also will attend.