Quoting scripture Mike Hamilton announced his resignation from Tennessee today and he made it clear that he wants to help UT “heal” both as an athletic department and as a fanbase.
Hamilton said that he did not want to be a “lightning rod” for negativity.
Hamilton announced that he will attend UT’s NCAA hearing this weekend. Unlike Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl — who will be in Indianapolis on their own — Hamilton will still represent Tennessee at the hearing and he said that he believes “it won’t be bad” for UT to enter the meetings with a new football coach, a new basketball coach and a new athletic director.
Hamilton has been butchered by many in the press and in the Tennessee fanbase, but if he is able to fall on his sword and help UT’s NCAA case in the process, he may help his reputation with Vol fans.
UT chancellor Jimmy Cheek said that he was pleased with the job Hamilton was doing but that he did not try to talk Hamilton out of his resignation decision. He said that Hamilton approached him with this idea in Destin last week.
Tennessee is aiming to have a new AD hired by the beginning of football season.
UPDATE — Hamilton will be getting a nice fat $1.3 million parting gift from Tennessee.