Reports out of Tennessee and Alabama are claiming that Tennessee has offered Alabama executive director of athletics Dave Hart the AD position in Knoxville. No word on whether Hart has accepted the offer or not.
Hart served as the athletic director at East Carolina and Florida State before becoming Mal Moore’s heir apparent in Tuscaloosa in July of 2008. Hart played basketball for the Tide under CM Newton in the late-60s, early-70s. In 2009, he was given the title of “chief operating officer” for the entire Alabama athletics department. At that point, Hart was to handle the day-to-day operations while Moore focused on fundraising and “facility enhancements.”
To leave, Hart would have to walk away from his alma mater, which could be tough. Especially knowing that Moore is 71-years-old. Hart could leave for Knoxville today only to see Moore retire in six months or a year.
From a Tennessee perspective, Hart would seem to be a very solid hire. His 12 years at FSU coupled with his most recent stint at Bama certainly give him big-time BCS experience at a pair of major programs.
But if Hart says no and is convince to stay on in Tuscaloosa, then UT will have been turned down by two in-conference candidates in the past month. LSU’s Joe Alleva flirted with the Vols before deciding to stay in Baton Rouge for a pay raise.