Vols' new new athletic director wants to hear from fans

KNOXVILLE, TN - MARCH 02, 2017 - Chancellor Dr. Beverly Devenport welcomes John Currie as University of Tennessees's new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics

KNOXVILLE - John Currie wants to hear from you.

The University of Tennessee athletic department launched an online portal called "Hey John!" on Thursday that allows fans to send messages to the new athletic director, who is emphasizing communication early in his time on the job.

"About eighty percent of what I do revolves around communication," the former Kansas State athletic director said in an interview on NewsTalk 98.7 in Knoxville this week. "It revolves around communication of expectations internally. It revolves around communicating to the people I work for and work with and the people I'm serving. It involves communication to our student-athletes. It involves communication with our fans."

The portal, accessed at utsports.com/heyjohn, was officially unveiled through another communication tactic that Currie will employ at Tennessee.