Tennessee's David Blackburn expected to be named UTC AD
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]ennessee-Chattanooga is expected to hire David Blackburn as its athletic director.
Blackburn is currently senior associate athletic director at the University of Tennessee. In that role, he oversees Vols football.
UTC officials offered Blackburn the position earlier this week. Negotiations were ongoing late Friday evening, but sources indicate that an official announcement could come as early as Saturday.
Blackburn, a UT gradate, has spent 22 years in the Tennessee athletic department. He was hired by Philip Fulmer in 1993, first as assistant compliance director, then as director of football operations and later as assistant athletic director for football operations. He was named senior associate athletic director for administration in 2008.
Blackburn would take over an athletic department in transition. UTC is currently without head
coaches for both men’s and women’s basketball. Additionally, the Southern Conference is in search of three new members following the departures of College of Charleston, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. The nine remaining schools are expected to vote on new members at the spring meetings in Hilton Head, S.C., in late May.
UTC has been without a full-time AD since Rick Hart left for SMU last July. Senior associate AD and senior woman administrator Laura Herron has served as the interim AD. The search was slowed for several months after Roger Brown stepped down as chancellor in September, but was resumed shortly after Dr. Steve Angle was approved as chancellor on March 1.
Chosen from a pool of more than 60 applicants, the three finalists for the position were Blackburn, former MTSU and NC State athletic director Lee Fowler and Wake Forest’s Mike Buddie, who withdrew from the search Thursday after Blackburn was offered the position.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Blackburn earns $170,000 at UT.
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