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UT Has Competition For Top A.D.s; Shuler Not A Candidate

When news first broke a month ago that Heath Shuler was a candidate for Tennessee’s open athletic director gig, we made it clear that we weren’t buying what was being sold.  In fact, a source close to UT’s search told us that the former Heisman runner-up was in no way a realistic candidate at all.

Now a spokesperson for the North Carolina congressman is making that even more clear:


“Heath Shuler is running for re-election in 2012.  He is not going to be the next athletic director at the University of Tennessee.  He has not sought it.  He has not interviewed for it.  If offered, he will not accept it.  He will not be the next AD at UT.  He is running for re-election.”


That’s what the Shuler team told Politico.com yesterday. 

While Shuler ramps up his campaign in one part of the state, over in Chapel Hill UNC officials are looking for a new athletic director.  One day after dismissing Butch Davis as head coach, AD Dick Baddour announced that he is stepping down from his post.

Tennessee officials haven’t had an easy time finding a replacement for Mike Hamilton, and now a similar job is coming open.  Both schools are in NCAA hot water, though the investigation into Tennessee is complete.  The Vols are simply waiting on penalties to be handed down.

UT is trying to rebuild in football and in basketball while Carolina’s new AD will only have to oversee the reconstruction of the Tar Heels’ football program.  UNC basketball — you might have heard — is a juggernaut, national program.

It will be interesting to see which school nabs the AD with the better reputation.  UT has been looking for a while, so if UNC somehow trumps the Vols with a big name hire — assuming UT doesn’t make one, too — Big Orange fans will have another reason to bemoan their school’s administration.

 


4 comments
Cockfucius
Cockfucius

Particularly because this is Mr. SEC and not Mr. ACC, I respectfully request that you refrain from using the term 'Carolina' with reference to the Tar Heels. The SEC has 'Carolina' in Columbia. This is admittedly borderline petty, but, around these parts, it matters. Thanks for this consideration.

adam
adam

Your a ass. Get a life. You're just hoping for a negative story.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Cockfucius...

Yep, that's petty.

We use Carolina to mean South Carolina on a daily basis. The same with USC. You'll notice that we refer to USC-West as Southern Cal.

Unless...

We're doing a story involving just North Carolina or just Southern Cal. If that's the case, it gets redundant writing out the full name upon every mention. Sorry, but when we're just talking North Carolina, we'll use Carolina if we have to. One, that won't happen very often and two, I think it's pretty clear who we were talking about.

John

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

adam...

That would be "you're an ass" not "your a ass."

And I'm not sure how this is "hoping for a negative story." We'd be much happier to cover positive stories all day long.

But if you think Tennessee fans won't complain if UNC lands a bigger "name" AD than UT... keep right on dreaming.

John

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