Even in Montana they know who Mike Hamilton is.

Stewart Mandel answers his own questions.

… But what of Hamilton? Under his watch, one of the nation’s proudest athletic programs has deteriorated into one of its most shameful. Will Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek go along with the illusion that the football mess can be blamed entirely on that mercenary scoundrel Kiffin, and that reducing Pearl’s salary last fall was an adequate show of force? Or, will he do the right thing: recognize that Hamilton was ultimately Pearl’s and Kiffin’s greatest enabler; that Hamilton’s department is a textbook example of the risks of allowing splashy head coaches the freedom to act as their own freewheeling autocrats; and that ultimately Hamilton and his whole department should be replaced and rebuilt?

… Rarely does the NCAA come down specifically on the athletic director, possibly because of his or her lack of direct involvement in the case or possibly because many ADs play an active role in the governance of college athletics. Just last November, amid the NCAA’s investigation, Hamilton was named to the executive committee of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association. He’s clearly respected by his peers.

But Hamilton, who succeeded former Vols football coach Doug Dickey in the AD’s chair in 2003, represents a common dichotomy among modern-day athletic directors: He’s a businessman first, manager second. His background before his current gig was primarily in fundraising and marketing, which can be both a blessing and a curse. Under his watch, Tennessee has more than doubled its fundraising revenue, struck lucrative licensing and endorsement deals and undergone massive facilities upgrades…

So ADs don’t turn on their own and Hamilton raises a boatload of money for his school.

I think that adds up to a “hells, no”.

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7 responses to “Even in Montana they know who Mike Hamilton is.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Hamilton gets to stay for one reason, he raises tons of money. That is all that matters to the Tennessee brass no matter what the fans, alumni and media think.

    • Macallanlover

      Not so sure about that. The stench in Knoxville is much deeper than Hamilton’s office, and it began long before 2003. TN fans I know would gladly sacrifice Mikey if it would make the wolf go away. Seems their “immunity deal” with the NCAA has expired; they are simply not used to having anyone assume the rules to apply to them too. I think Hamilton goes because that is an easier pill to swallow than admitting things stink throughout all of Rocky Top.

  2. Chuck

    I did not realize that the Chancellor at UT was named Jimmy Cheek. I can’t believe that is the name of a man who should be chancellor at nay university. Cheek, indeed.

  3. Normaltown Mike

    “Under his watch, one of the nation’s proudest athletic programs…”

    I guess its all how you define “proud”. This aint Tennessee’s first rodeo. But somehow the issues from earlier this decade never came to anything.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/comment/jzcol79.htm

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/inside_game/mike_fish/news/2002/05/17/fish_straight_shooting/

  4. Mike Hamilton's Defense Team

    You can’t blame a guy for trying!

    If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t a-tryin’!!

  5. mdr

    The funny thing about this is that we are all supposed to believe that everything wrong with the UT athletic programs is attributable to Kiffin and Pearl. Its as though Phat Phil and Johnny Majors never broke a rule in their lives. The stink has been coming from KnoxVegas for a LONG time now. The NCAA just finally seems to care.

  6. shane#1

    I think the Bball program at UT bites the bullet, football skates. That is unless Dooley can be the sacrificial lamb.