Trio uninterested in Vol AD position
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:07 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The search for a new athletic director at the University of Tennessee has been narrowed by at least three people.
However, if was not due to the Volunteers’ thinning the pool of possible candidates.
The athletic directors at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Boston College say they have no interest in taking the same job at the University of Tennessee.
Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart and Louisville’s Tom Jurich each told The Courier-Journal that they don’t plan on replacing Mike Hamilton in overseeing Volunteers sports.
Boston College athletics director Gene DeFilippo says he loves Tennessee but is not interested in becoming the Volunteers’ next AD.
Barnhart, who took over at Kentucky in 2002, worked at Tennessee from 1986-98 before a four-year stint at Oregon State.
DeFilippo earned his master’s degree from Tennessee but says his heart is at Boston College, where he wishes to remain for a long time.
Hamilton announced last week that he would step down as athletics director by the end of June.
Hamilton was under pressure after a 26-month NCAA investigation and multiple coaching turnovers.
Two days later, Tennessee announced it would merge its men’s and women’s sports into one athletics department, and longtime women’s AD Joan Cronan would serve as interim AD.
After a replacement is hired, Cronan will serve as women’s AD for one more year before moving to an advisory role.