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Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:09 pm
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 Contrition is all the rage in college sports these days. Jim Tressel made it a memorable Memorial Day by resigning before one more bit of shame could be heaped upon his program while he was in charge of it. If it helps Ohio State with the NCAA, all the better.

 That's why they call them "mitigating factors", moves that soften the blow of potential major penalties. In the NCAA's eyes, flight is definitely better than fight. Officially, Tressel resigned. Unofficially, he had become too much of a burden for Ohio State to carry headed into its Aug. 12 infractions committee hearing.

 The same might be said of Mike Hamilton and his relationship with Tennessee on Tuesday. Except that the school is cutting it close if it wants to make an impression with the NCAA. Three days before Tennessee goes before the infractions committee, Hamilton resigned after eight-plus years in the position and 19 years at the university.

 He will stay on through June 30, including for Friday's infractions committee appearance in Indianapolis. That just adds to the mystery. Is it proper to assume that Hamilton was pushed out? (These "resignation" announcements are frequently semantic mating dances so the affected party can collect buyouts etc.) UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek said no, but what was he supposed to say?

 Will Hamilton's departure and appearance as a lame duck in Indy, truly make any difference to the NCAA? It certainly makes a difference to UT fans who wanted him out as the NCAA closed in and instability continued.

 "If I could end the turmoil by stepping aside," he said. "I thought that was important."

 Are they dancing in the streets of Knoxville? Maybe just a small jig. The haters got their wish.  If you get close to the Tennessee border,  you can hear an entire state shout, "What took you so long?" Those voices will tell you that Hamilton's resignation was way overdue.  

 More importantly, the school continues to prepare its case in a dangerous bundling of alleged football and basketball violations. We know for sure that Bruce Pearl lied.  Lane Kiffin bailed after a year with slightly more wins (seven) than secondary violations. Forget the violations, the ultimate sin for Kiffin was UT's love was not reciprocal.

 More significant at this point is that Kiffin failed to promote at atmosphere of compliance according to the NCAA.

 Let's not ever forget that, at the time, Hamilton's hiring of Kiffin was considered a home run. No one blinked when Daddy Monte made $1.2 million a year as defensive coordinator or that Lane made $2 million in his first head coaching job. It was the price of being a big-time SEC program. And Vols everywhere crave to be big time in the SEC.

 It didn't work out and the big time seems like a Hail Mary away. For now, Derek Dooley is more famous for the NCAA rule that bears his name than for picking up after Kiffin. Even as the problems arose, Hamilton could boast about hiring Pearl. Not now. The man who tried to renovate Tennessee athletics left a lot of blank drywall, but not for lack of trying. Pearl lied. Kiffin bailed. The man who hired them both, failed to sustain the momentum. The athletic department he leaves behind is still waiting to be picked over by the NCAA.

 "I think today," Hamilton said Tuesday, "was inevitable."

 

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Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA, Tennessee
 
Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:43 am
 

Another idiotic post!

Firing Fulmer was a great decision. How many job offers has Fat Phil had since he was fired? NONE! Fulmer cannot unite fan base and needs to stay as far way as he can. HELL NO to Fulmer for anything associated with Tn.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: June 8, 2011 8:40 am
 

Your nickname fits you!

You have NO clue about what you are talking about. How many schools have rushed to hire Delmonico? NONE! He IS the single reason Tn baseball is in the tank! He caused Tn to lose scholarships because of substandard grades of Tn baseball players. Raleigh was a BAD hire but dumping Delmonico was good. 2011 will be the first year that TN will have full scholarships for baseball. The swamp is drained so time to retool.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

Who exactly thought this was a home run?

Here are Doyel's comments from BEFORE UT made hired Lane Kiffin:

"The temptation is to keep my mouth shut. The temptation is to let this happen without a single word of warning, and then when it does happen, to open my mouth. But only after the fact. And then, only to laugh.

To laugh at you, Clemson.

Or at you, Tennessee.

..............................

Let the Vols, who are idiots anyway for , cut loose Fulmer and hire Kiffin.

And then in three years, I'll laugh. Because it will be funny when Kiffin runs a program so far into the ground, its new school color will be magma."




Since: Apr 28, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

Hamilton hid his ineptitude well. He didn't start looking like a clown until 2007 when Rod Delmonico was let go.





Since: Nov 7, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

I agree, Fulmer should be the next A.D.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: June 7, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

Although not a UT fan, this was invevitable.  How could one person have such bad judgment.  Firing Fullmer was totally wrong.  (Bring him back as coach or AD).  Everyone knew Kiffin was a jerk.  While Pearl was a surprise, it spoke to the atmosphere at UT under Hamilton.  The only good news is Kiffin left before UT qualified for the death penalty.  It is time to clean up college athletics--however that can be done.  It is ruining one of the most enjoyable athletic contests (whatever the sport) that is an American tradition.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

Good grief.  Another opportunity for Dodd to bash Ohio State.  Give it a rest!



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 7, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

You want a good guage of what will happen to OSU, look at what the NCAA does to Tennesse...it will be similar punishment.



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:46 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

haha dodd apparently you don't realize that Kiffin leaving was the best thing that could have happened to us NCAA-wise.  He is facing charges and is expected to bear the harshest penalties for his actions while at UT.  If he had stayed we would have been royally screwed.  For example, the school's compliance dept. specifically forbid him from bringing an assistant who went to the targeted FL highschool on a recruiting trip and he did so anyway.  OF course that was a violation that the school is now facing, but it appears that Kiffin will bear the brunt of the penalties.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 7, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Hamilton resigns, Vol Nation cheers, what's next?

"Let's not ever forget that, at the time, Hamilton's hiring of Kiffin was considered a home run. No one blinked when Daddy Monte made $1.2 million a year as defensive coordinator or that Lane made $2 million in his first head coaching job."

Was considered a home run by who?  Maybe the media, and of course UT fans, but that is about it.  Most other SEC fans laughed at the hiring, and many are still laughing today.  This just made UT look stupid, and finally, the culprit is being fired. 


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