Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton is done. Hamilton is stepping down effective June 30th.
the University of Tennessee is holding an 11:00 presser to announce that their beleaguered AD is resigning.
"My family and I love the University of Tennessee, and we love Knoxville. 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," Hamilton said in a statement released by the University. "We will forever cherish our time here and be eternally grateful to Doug Dickey for taking a chance on a young, 28-year-old in 1992. Serving as athletic director over the last eight years has been an incredible daily leadership lesson and a dream come true that I would never trade for anything. I appreciate everyone who has walked along that path with me. We have, without a doubt, the best staff, coaches, student-athletes and fans in America."
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"The University of Tennessee's athletic programs have experienced great success under Mike Hamilton's leadership. Mike has led our teams to success on and off the field." University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheeck said in a statement released by the University.
"Mike is a man of high integrity and deep faith. His contributions to our campus and its faculty, staff and students will live on for many decades, especially his positive influence on our student-athletes. We will miss him."
Hamilton has become a target after a series of poor hires. From Lane Kiffin to Bruce Pearl and others, the once vaunted Tennessee athletic department is on a really bad run, including NCAA violations among their problems.
Oh, by the way, the NCAA will be holding a hearing with the folks from Tennessee about all of their issues this coming Saturday.
Hamilton has been in the athletic department since 1993 and been the Athletic Director since 2003.
We will keep an eye on this story and update it when we are able to.
One name possibly floated out there in the earliest of stages is current television commentator Charles Davis. The All-SEC D-back has a history with not only the school where he got his undergrad and Masters degrees, but has ties to the conference through his internship and television work to date...
Mike Hamilton will still have the funds to pay his bills after resigning. Under the terms of a separation agreement Hamilton will receive three years pay or around $1.3 million, eight season tickets for football and men's basketball for the rest of his life including 2 parking permits.
Click on the link to see the separation agreement. http://www.wbir.com/pdf/6711_hamilton.pdf