The University of Tennessee has reportedly found its new athletic director.
According to a report from Michael Smith of SportsBusiness Journal, John Currie, who currently serves in the same role at Kansas State, is set to replace the retired Dave Hart.
Smith shared the news on social media Tuesday morning.
Tennessee’s next AD is John Currie from Kansas State. Announcement later today. Currie worked at UT as deputy before going to K-St in ‘09. pic.twitter.com/2hRM28W1by
— Michael Smith (@SmittySBJ) February 28, 2017
Tennessee later confirmed the news in an official statement:
“We are extremely pleased to announce John as our new vice chancellor and director of athletics,” Davenport said. “This is truly an exciting day for the University of Tennessee and our athletics department. As I said when we began this process, we were looking for the best candidate, and we feel strongly that we have him in John Currie. John exemplifies all the qualities we were seeking in an athletics director. He is a man of high integrity, strong values, a progressive thinker, he fully understands the importance of being compliant in everything we do, and he is a leader who will put the well-being of our student-athletes above everything.
“We would like to thank our internal search committee for all its hard work and dedication to the process. In February, the university hired Turnkey Search, a division of Turnkey Sports & Entertainment, to conduct a nationwide search for a new director of athletics. Turnkey is recognized as the leading executive search firm spanning college and professional sports and worked tenaciously to deliver an amazing result for the university.”
It would be a major hire for the Volunteers, as Currie is widely regarded as one of the best athletic directors in the nation.
The athletic director vacancy will officially open at the end of June when Hart’s retirement takes place. He will then be replaced by Currie, who is a University of Tennessee alum and former assistant athletic director at the school.
This is news that should be music to the ears of Vols fans everywhere.
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