Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Hamilton out as Vols' athletic director
By Chris Low
The fallout continues at Tennessee, as Mike Hamilton is out as athletic director.
A news conference is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday to announce his resignation.
It's been inevitable for a while now that Hamilton wasn't going to make it, but the timing is a bit odd. Tennessee is set to go before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions this coming Saturday in Indianapolis.
Hamilton will still attend that hearing along with several other Tennessee officials. The Vols have been charged with major violations in both football and men's basketball. The football violations occurred under Lane Kiffin, who's now at USC after coaching one season at Tennessee. The basketball violations occurred under Bruce Pearl, who was fired in March after admittedly lying to NCAA investigators.
We'll have much more on Hamilton's resignation and what it means for Tennessee later Tuesday on the SEC blog. He will receive a $1,335,000 buyout, and his resignation is effective June 30.
The wise thing for Tennessee to do now is put senior associate athletic director David Blackburn in charge of the athletic department in the interim, and he's also a solid candidate to be Hamilton's full-time replacement.
Had it not been for Blackburn and his diligence, the Vols would be looking at even more severe NCAA penalties in football.