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Shuler Not A Candidate For UT’s A.D. Job

The rumors fly fast and furious these days.  And anything tossed out on a messageboard or talk radio show has to be followed-up on by the “legit” media.

Here’s an example of that one: A Knoxville radio host blogged last week that former Tennessee quarterback and current North Carolina congressman Heath Shuler is interested in the athletic director position at his alma mater.  “Shuler is in play,” wrote Tony Basilio of WVLZ-AM.

Messageboards lit up.  I was asked about the report on a number of radio shows across the South.

When asked Shuler’s chances of landing the job, I compared them to an ice cube’s somewhere down south.  Despite comments that the UT administration is considering people from all walks of life, our sources continue to say that Goal One — and it’s a very strong Goal One — is to land a current AD from another school.

Now, as we’ve seen with Tennessee coaching searches in recent years, sometimes you’ve got to have a fall back candidate.  And perhaps that’s where a Shuler or a Phillip Fulmer could find themselves in the mix.  Obviously, Shuler has proven that he can run and win a campaign.

But a spokesman for Shuler told The Washington Post that the ex-Vol is focused on the country, not his school’s sports program.

“Congressman Shuler is focused on the very serious challenges facing our nation, including job creation and balancing our budget,” the statement read.  “He is currently and actively preparing for his next re-election campaign in 2012 and looks forward to continuing to fight for the working families of Western North Carolina in the years ahead.”

Meanwhile, UT associate athletic director Jimmy Stanton told The Knoxville News Sentinel: “The Chancellor formed a committee that is responsible for the search for the next director of athletics.  That process is underway, and I am not aware of the names of any specific candidates.”

Dan Murphy, the chairman of UT’s search committee took things a step further telling WNML-AM’s Jimmy Hyams (who is also a Knoxville radio host) that the school has “not narrowed the pool” of candidates and has conducted “no interviews yet” and made “no offers yet.” 

“We’ve got to get this thing done right,” Murphy added.

While UT is taking its time on it’s AD search — probably a smart move considering this is chancellor Jimmy Cheek’s first such search — three names continue to be mentioned most often when speaking to those close to the Tennessee administration:

Georgia Tech’s Dan Radakovich, Missouri’s Mike Alden, and Kansas State’s John Currie.  Currie is a former UT associate AD who is believed to be working back channels in hopes of landing the Volunteer gig.

But this much is clear to MrSEC.com at this point — If Tennessee lands the type of candidate it’s after… Shuler, Fulmer and other non-ADs won’t stand a chance.


UPDATE — Shuler spokesperson Andrew Whelan has told The Tennessean that the congressman: “is not seeking the AD spot and hasn’t been offered the AD spot.  We’re doing everything we can to raise money for a re-election campaign in 2012.  I can’t really speak to sportstalk radio or internet rumors, but the congressman is looking forward to his re-election in 2012.  He is running for Congress.”

 


8 comments
atl14dat
atl14dat

Adam's brilliance and ability to grasp concepts is underwhelming.

Always good to see the Mouth breathers called out.

Ryan in Houston
Ryan in Houston

UTenn needs an AD that is already an AD because that's how Parker Executive Search works. They weasel their way into a school by hiring a few deans and a president. Then the president, owing his job to the company, picks them to hire an AD. Then the AD picks them to hire a football coach and down the line the kickbacks go. You can see it at Tennessee now: who hired the president? who hired the football coach? And who is now working to hire the AD? They make $100,000 fee for a 6-8 week search.

And they do it all over the country.

guest
guest

that's funny, you're one to talk about "legit" media following up on message board and talk radio material. But I appreciate this story.
Well done.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

guest...

Not sure what's funny about that. This site would not be considered "legit" media. That would be traditional newspaper reporting for the most part. So I said that legit media -- like major newspapers -- are having to follow up on something one talk radio host in Knoxville tossed out. Then I linked you to newspaper reports, actual quotes from a UT search committee member to another host, and I listed what we at MrSEC have learned from our own sources close to UT.

Whenever we bring you information or a rumor off of a messageboard or talk show, we report it as such. We don't just throw stuff against the wall to see if it sticks.

Like that, don't like that... up to you.

John

adam
adam

It's funny that John Pennington considers himself as "legit" media.

guest
guest

can we get this confirmed by "legit" media?

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

adam...

I hope other people read your comment. It shows what stupidity we deal with on a daily basis. For every 1000 smart readers, there's one total moron. And he's the guy who has to jump into the comment area.

We wrote a piece that makes it pretty clear "newspapers" and traditional media are considered "legit" media. Like it, don't like... they are. That's who is considered "legit" media. Made that quite clear, I thought.

But I took it further by going to the comment boxes to clear it up for one other mouth-breather who thought we were calling ourselves legit media.

And still... you come here and can't grasp that we are NOT referring to ourselves as "legit" media.

The Washington Post had to follow up on a story posted on a blog by a Knoxville radio host who's known for throwing things up against the wall to see if they stick. The same guy said Troy Calhoun and Lovie Smith were hired as UT's football coach, for gosh sakes. Yet The Washington Post had to follow-up his Heath Shuler story.

Maybe Shuler will land the job. I've been told that that's not a realistic possibility. But the fact remains, one guy's comment had to be followed up and checked out by one of the largest papers in the country.

Now, if you still can't grasp that we're not saying WE are legit media and that we are saying that traditional media is considered legit media... please, go back to your coloring book and stop posting on this site.

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

guest...

I find it odd that this site is getting ripped for referring to traditional media sources as "legit" media. No one here suggested that this site is legit media. It IS because we don't intentionally publish crap just for the sake of pageviews, but in a traditional sense, it's not.

So why are getting knocked as though we called ourselves "legit" media?

Possibly because there are a lot of miserable, unhappy people in the world who've gotten into the habit of writing ugly, angry things in internet comment boxes. Even when they don't truly comprehend what the writer has clearly stated.

John



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