August 18th, 2013 12:01 PM║ Posted By: Mike Mitchell ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Alabama, Butch Jones, Doug Dickey, Mike Hamilton
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.”
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