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There’s a fine line between experience and history.

And that’s what Tennessee finds itself straddling as it goes into this season.

Tennessee: The Vols might be really good this season. They might win the SEC East. These things definitely fall within the realm of possibility. It’s just, this is the same Tennessee team that hasn’t beaten Florida since 2004 and hasn’t won against Georgia in Athens since 2006. It’s also 3-13 against ranked teams under Butch Jones, so while I see the potential, I’m still approaching with caution.  [Emphasis added.]

I’ve been thinking about my annual preseason SEC projection post for the past couple of days.  I think I may be less certain about which team wins the East than I’ve ever been before.  Hell, I can’t even figure out whether that’s because some team legitimately scores a breakthrough to become a powerhouse, or simply because one program muddles through 2016 a little better than everyone else.

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If there’s one thing they’re good at in Knoxville…

… it’s keeping people no longer working for UT on the payroll.

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From Mike Hamilton to Dave Hart to…?

In Knoxville, they’re taking the band apart, one instrument at a time.

Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced earlier in the summer that he will be stepping down when his replacement is found.

Now Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart will follow him out the door, effective June 30, 2017, Tennessee confirmed on Thursday morning via a press release.

He was hired to put Tennessee athletics back in the black, which he’s done.  Which is a good thing, because they’ve certainly needed the money.

Hart faced plenty of adversity during his tenure.

Eight unidentified women sued Tennessee in February and said the school created a “hostile sexual environment” through a policy of indifference toward sexual assault complaints against athletes.

Two other lawsuits came after Tennessee completed the consolidation of its athletic department. Tennessee had been one of the last schools to have separate athletic departments for its men’s and women’s teams.

Former Tennessee associate director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak and two ex-Lady Vols strength coaches said they received less compensation than employees holding similar positions for men’s teams. A $750,000 settlement was announced in January, though costs exceeded $1 million once attorneys’ fees were included.

A $320,000 settlement was reached with former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings, who said age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement.

Adversity, you say?  Well, if you wanted an AD used to adversity, you certainly picked the right guy for that, UT.

Before Hart, an Alabama alumnus who played basketball for the Crimson Tide, took his post in Tuscaloosa in August 2008, he was the athletic director at Florida State (1995-2007)…

Florida State vacated 12 football wins, 22 men’s and women’s basketball wins and a men’s track national championship as a result of an academic cheating scandal at Florida that involved 61 student-athletes in 10 sports in 2006 and ’07. Cheek said the incident originated on the academic side of the school, and Hart indicated his decision to leave FSU was “unrelated” to the scandal.

Hart wrote in a letter to the NCAA Committee on Infractions in 2009 that he and FSU president T.K. Wetherell “disagreed on some core issues.”

Now, of course, the question for the school is where do you go from here?  I mean, Mike Hamilton and Dave Hart are some big, big shoes to fill.  I’d like to think I have the perfect candidate to take the reins in K-ville, and fortuitously, he’s available.  If anyone could use a little re-branding right now, it’s Tennessee.

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Thanks, Title IX.

The officer who serves as the liaison between the Knoxville Police Department and the University of Tennessee is out of a job.

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Monday morning buffet

More for the chafing dishes…

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It’s a legal matter, baby.

Boy, I sure can’t wait until the details on this emerge.

A longtime, trusted aide to University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is not with the Volunteers’ program at the present time.

Three independent sources in three cities and two states told 247Sports late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning that a key member of the Vols’ football administration had been legally removed from his duties.

Football Operations Director Chris Spognardi, Jones’ first hire at Tennessee and on Jones’ staffs for a decade, was relieved of his duties late Tuesday evening and placed by the University of Tennessee on paid administrative leave, pending the University’s examination of the situation. UT Senior Associate Athletics Director for Communications Ryan Robinson confirmed to 247Sports that Spognardi had been placed on paid leave on Tuesday afternoon, which has been indicated as standard protocol.

The situation is a legal matter and comment is prohibited beyond acknowledgement of the situation, but UT officials stressed the need to allow due process in this matter.

A fixture on the Vols’ football practice fields and gamedays, Spognardi was not at Tennessee’s practice Wednesday morning, the program’s first of two scheduled sessions on the day. The evening practice is closed to media.

It’s a lucky thing that Booch’s program responds well to adversity.

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Go ahead and turn in your season tickets.

It’s all over in the East, folks.

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