Tennessee is shelling out 75 large for a search firm to aid in finding its next athletic director. Nice work if you can get it, especially if you can help a good buddy out in the process.
DeFilippo, who earned his master’s degree at Tennessee, is a longtime friend of former Volunteers coach Phillip Fulmer, who perhaps is the top candidate to replacement the outgoing Dave Hart.
There’s also a six-member search committee being formed. Kind of a belt and suspenders approach, although I suspect the real purpose is to make sure no one individual can be held accountable if things should go south with the new guy. And let’s face it — this is Tennessee, so the odds on that happening ain’t bad, considering the Vols’ track record lately.