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UT A.D. Hart: “There Are More Challenges Than Met The Eye”

One year after leaving his job as Mal Moore’s #2 at Alabama, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart is looking back on the decision he made to move from one SEC rival to another.  Hart inherited a budget shortfall, a football coach who’s growing more unpopular with each loss, and the huge task of overseeing the combination of UT’s men’s and women’s athletic departments into one entity.  That process has spawned a number of discrimination-based lawsuits already.

Speaking with in a short, two-part interview (Part One here, Part Two here), Hart admitted that the job in Knoxville might have been a bit tougher than he suspected when he accepted it:


“I think I would not hesitate to say there are more challenges than met the eye. I say that, but nobody misled me for a second. There are many things that even people here did not realize. Certainly didn’t realize the extent of some of those challenges. Now everybody does realize it and everybody is working together to overcome those challenges and we will.”


Hart also said the job of trying to keep UT up with the Joneses on the recruiting front is made more challenging by the Tennessee’s cash issues.

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