KNOXVILLE-Mike Hamilton walked out of the second-floor ballroom of the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis on Saturday evening after spending 11 of his final 48 hours as the men's athletic director at Tennessee defending the school in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
Wearing an orange tie and carrying a backpack over his right shoulder, Hamilton, who resigned last week, declined commenting to a handful of reporters. Today is Hamilton's first day of administrative leave, which ends at the end of June.
Despite his lame-duck status entering Saturday's hearing, what Hamilton told the COI about the 12 major violations the NCAA charged against UT likely didn't change due to his resignation, for both personal and contractual reasons.
"I'm there representing Tennessee's interest as the athletic director during the time of the alleged infractions," Hamilton said at his resignation news conference last week.