>Hamilton Gone

>The Mike Hamilton era at UT is over.

Hamilton resigned as athletic director at my Alma mater this morning, bringing to a close an era that’s seen one bad decision after another. For those of you keeping track at home, Hamilton bungled the end of the Philip Fulmer and Bruce Pearl eras, inflicted the Lane Kiffin era on us, fired the baseball coach he hired and rushed to get a new men’s basketball coach who may or may not be a good fit for the program. About the only athletic program left unscathed by Hamilton is the Lady Vols and that’s probably because he was (rightly) afraid of messing Pat Summit. (I’d be afraid to face down the glare, myself…)

It’s news that’s been a long time coming. It still puts the athletic department in turmoil and facing an uncertain future thanks to NCAA sanctions that are coming for the Kiffin and Pearl eras. But maybe we can start with a a clean slate as we move out of the cloud that’s been over us the past couple of years and return to the winning ways and tradition that make the Big Orange faithful so proud.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–the first call should be to Phil Fulmer. Whether he’s a good fit or the right guy for this job, he should be one of the first calls to possibly interview for the job.

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