I'd pretty much agree with that...there's been some decisions made at UT that have really set the athletic department back....and Hamilton was a part of that. Hiring a loose cannon in Lane Kiffin and then giving an uproven coach a big contract and now having to pay him off. I still don't understand why they gave Dooley a deal like that. I guess they were scared about the Kiffen thing happening again, but Dooley was not a winner anywhere...I would have signed him to a 2 year contract. If he didnt take it UT would've had no problem finding another coach of his caliber. I dont know what kind of contract Jones has...but I would'nt have paid him big either...even though I like what I've seen form him so far.
In Gulf Shores, Alabama this weekend at SEC BeachFest, Fulmer put the focus on previous leadership at the university, including Mike Hamilton’s stint as athletic director.
“What happened to us basically was our leadership. We had four presidents in six years. We ended up with an athletic director that wasn’t prepared for the job. Not a terrible guy or anything like that. He got twisted like a pretzel by the middle management of the university. We lost a lot of the edges that you have to have. (Current athletic director) Dave Hart’s very aware of those, and he’s working to change things. We didn’t get dumb or lazy all of a sudden. There were obviously some things that were different.
“When you have a great president and a great athletic director and you replace them with substandard people that have no idea, what do you expect is going to happen? And you do that three other times? It’s crazy.”
Hamilton replaced Doug Dickey as AD in 2003 and served in that position until he resigned in June of 2011. Tennessee has had five presidents in the past decade.
Fulmer voiced his support for the current football coach. “I like Butch Jones a lot.”