Dave Hart Hired As New Tennessee Volunteers Athletic Director

The Tennessee Volunteers will introduce Dave Hart, 62, as their new athletic director Monday, concluding a search that began in early June. Former AD Mike Hamilton was fired amid turmoil surrounding Bruce Pearl's exit, Lane Kiffin's exit and a whole array of other exits. Jon Gruden calls this guy The Interstate.

Hart comes from the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he held the title of executive director of athletics. Before heading to Tuscaloosa, he was the longtime Florida St. Seminoles AD. Alabama fans have been anxious about the news for several days now, dating back to when Jimmy Hyams first reported the potential hire.

He won't exactly inherit the stablest operation in America, with shards of a football program still being glued back together by young coach Derek Dooley.

Interim AD Joan Cronan performed ably, holding the fort through both tragedy and turnover as state legend Pat Summitt revealed her Alzheimer's diagnosis and the school hired a new men's basketball coach.

For more on the Tennessee Volunteers, visit Vols blog Rocky Top Talk.

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