June 18th, 2017 | by CollegeAD

Just like that, David Blackburn is gone. It hit just about everyone affiliated with the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga athletic program like a punch to the gut Tuesday morning when Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Blackburn turned in his notice, effective immediately. He was already gone by the time most people in the athletic department learned of his decision. The questions on everyone’s lips are pretty basic: Why? Why now? For what? There are no ready answers. In lieu of facts, there is a boatload of speculation, gossip and rumor-mongering. It seems remarkable enough that Blackburn, who came to UTC from UT-Knoxville in 2013, was still here. In a convoluted series of events, the University of Tennessee spent weeks, if not months, doing what many perceived to be a courtship dance with Blackburn to bring him back to Knoxville as athletic director. – David Jenkins, hamiltoncountyherald.comRead More


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