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Small budget, location among obstacles for Skyhawks

Its athletic budget for basketball is the smallest in the country, and that's one of the many obstacles facing Tennessee-Martin, Kyle Whelliston writes.

Updated: December 29, 2006, 3:36 PM ET
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

MARTIN, Tenn. -- The logo, that angry-looking hawk with goggles, is the first sign that things may not be quite as they seem. The mark of Tennessee-Martin athletics combines the animal kingdom and human technology in a way that, on the surface, doesn't make a lick of sense.

"A Skyhawk is a mythical bird that flies an airplane," explained Tennessee-Martin athletic director Phil Dane.

And if you can believe that a bird could -- or would ever need to -- use a plane to fly, then you're ...

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