The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has offered the athletic director job to Tennessee senior associate athletic director David Blackburn, sources close to the search told the Times Free Press today. Negotiations are ongoing and a contract has not been signed.
Blackburn was one of three finalists for the position, along with former Middle Tennessee State and North Carolina State athletic director Lee Fowler and Wake Forest’s Mike Buddie, who withdrew from the search this week.
Blackburn, 47, has spent the past 22 years in the Volunteers’ athletic department. The 1990 UT graduate, from Loudon, would fill the vacancy left by Rick Hart, who left UTC for Southern Methodist University last July.
Senior associate AD and senior woman administrator Laura Herron has served as the interim AD since Hart’s departure.
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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...