(Updated at 12:30 with comments from Crumley)
Frank Crumley, who spent nearly two months trying to calm the seas at Georgia following the Damon Evans fiasco, may be on the list for a more permanent fix-it job in Tennessee.
While this hardly qualifies as official interest by Tennessee, the Knoxville News Sentinel has listed Crumley, Georgia’s executive associate athletic director, as a potential candidate for the Volunteers’ vacated A.D. job. Mike Hamilton not surprisingly resigned from the position on Tuesday, just days before Tennessee is scheduled to meet with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to face potential violations in football and basketball.
The newspaper listed seven candidates within the SEC while acknowledging that “the search will extend nationwide.” Crumley has been Georgia’s associated AD for finance and business since 2007. He was the interim replacement for Evans from July 5 to Aug. 31 in 2010 and was praised for the job he did following Evans’ resignation for a DUI arrest in Buckhead.
Whoever gets the Tennessee job will be stepping into an inferno and possibly inheriting probation in the two major revenue-producing sports. But Tennessee also has one of the larger athletic budgets in the country, top facilities and competes in the SEC, so it’s viewed as one of the premier jobs.
Crumley said he was not aware that he was named as a potential candidate, and it follows that he hasn’t been contacted. But he affirmed that anybody in his position would be interested in a job like that.
“Any job in the SEC would be a great job to have, but I have a great job right now,” he said. “They’re going to get some great candidates. Tennessee is probably at around $100 million [with their athletic budget], and we’re at $89 million. Part of that is because their stadium is so big. Texas, Ohio State and Tennessee are at the top.”
Crumley said he was not a candidate for the Georgia job before Greg McGarity was hired as Evans’ replacement.
“Dr. Adams told me up front that his goal was to look outside first and if he didn’t find somebody, then he would include internal candidates,” he said.
By Jeff Schultz