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Cronan To Be Named Interim A.D. At Tennessee

The University of Tennessee is one of the few remaining athletic departments in the country featuring separate men’s and women’s athletic directors.  Now it looks like the women’s AD will be taking over for both genders in the short term.

Joan Cronan — women’s AD at Tennessee — will be named the school’s interim athletic director, according to Knoxville radio host Jimmy Hyams of WNML-AM/FM.

Cronan has led the women’s athletic department at Tennessee since 1983.  She was named the AD of the year in 2005 by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics.

While Pat Summitt’s name has been mentioned in connection with the vacant AD position — she said she wasn’t interested — Cronan’s name has not gained much momentum.  Perhaps filling the role of interim AD could kickstart a move in her direction.

Considering the school has two ADs, it only makes sense that one would fill in for the other on an interim basis.

UPDATE — The University of Tennessee’s statement says that Hamilton’s eventual replacement will “serve as the senior administrator” of the entire athletics department.

Next July, Cronan will begin a two-year stint serving in “the role of an adviser to UT’s vice chancellor and chancellor.

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