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Hamilton resigning a sign Vols want to save face

Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:11 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:29 am
Posted by Matt Norlander

This was anticipated, desired and predicted -- but not expected. At least not now, not four days before Tennessee is to sit in front of the Committee on Infractions (COI) and go over everything that's gone wrong with the program in the past few years.

Regardless, Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton resigned this morning. WBIR first reported the news. Hamilton stepping down means the Volunteers' program is in a more vulnerable position for next week's meetings in Indianapolis. Hamilton gave no indication of this move -- though he had to know it was coming -- when he spoke last week about the impending showdown with the Committee on Infractions.

Having no AD for a COI meeting is unprecedented, and in a way, that trend will continue. Though Hamilton is leaving Tennessee, he will attend the COI meeting and stay at Tennessee until June 30, the end of the school's fiscal year. But pulling the trigger now? It's clearly the desired move and desired perception for a school who's trying to avoid harsher penalties, which NCAA president Mark Emmert has said will be coming under his regime.

Is this a fall-on-the-sword move? In some ways, yes, though it could ending being a necessary-yet-futile gesture. Hamilton's not the most culpable man, but he's as responsible for the unrest in Knoxville as any other figure. Tennessee no doubt hopes having Lane Kiffin and Bruce Pearl and Mike Hamilton no longer employed by the university will lessen the blow from the NCAA. The three men who are considered most responsible for the corruption and/or lack of institutional control in Knoxville are now -- or soon to be -- no longer taking paychecks in orange. Though that's hard to accept considering Hamilton and the school came to a plum agreement: Because he chose to resign, Hamilton will receieve $1.6 million over the next three years.

Still, the cutting of Hamilton is something Tennessee officials will blowhorn to the COI. They want to spread the word: We've done wrong, we know it, and we've cleaned out our closets. Please don't swing your ax, Committee on Infractions.

And yet, could all this be a bunch of shifting pieces that won't deter the damage from happening? Going back to Emmert, he's talked a big game, and there still needs to be some significant punishments from the COI/the NCAA if Emmert's regime is to be taken seriously. It has now reached the point where this isn't about Tennessee. It's about the NCAA and how it handles cheating and lying. Hamilton sacrificed himself, but it's likely not going to be enough to curb the COI from getting harsh and setting new precedents.

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Category: NCAAB
Tags: Tennessee

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 11:45 pm

Hamilton resigning a sign Vols want to save face

Um... how has Tennessee cheated exactly? Not saying they havent, but Id like to know where you say they are cheating at.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:33 pm

ut v. osu

tennessee's athletic program may be dirtier than ohio state---which I didn't think was possible.  tenn. is cheating in football and basketball---they only caught ohio state in football so far, but other teams are probably cheating there also.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: June 7, 2011 5:37 pm

Hamilton resigning a sign Vols want to save face

Tennessee has been an outlaw program for some time. Fulmer's football teams were comparable to the Miami teams a few years back. Somehow he escaped with little damage to his reputation,  but the only difference between Fulmer and Kiffin was that Fulmer didn't continually run his mouth. He was sneaky.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: June 7, 2011 1:40 pm

Hamilton resigning a sign Vols want to save face

That's exactly how this is going to go down.  UT is going to get slapped but not quite as hard as it would have if Hamilton was still steering the ship.  Still, it is gong to ugly in Knoxville for a few years........

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