Hart Is The One Who Needs To Go - And Response

Friday, December 7, 2012

Dave Hart has been trouble from the day he arrived in Knoxville from Alabama. He made a brilliant move by terminating 35-year Lady Vols Media Director Debby Jennings and rightly so - she is suing Hart and his "good ole boys".

Hart also forced Coach Summit out as she testified so in a court case against the university. Hart then removed Coach Summit's name from the Arena's floor.

One state Hart has not ventured into is Idaho, where football coach Peterson has a record of 83-8 - a winning percentage of .912. This year Boise State lost to Michigan State 17-13 away. Boise State lost to San Diego State 21-19. Boise State ended the season with a BSC ranking of #19, Louisville ranked below Boise State at #21 and Hart tried to hire the Louisville coach and got rebuffed.

Dave Hart has managed to anger the Lady Vols supporters. Dave Hart has managed to strip the athletic department of much-needed cash paying off terminated previous coaches. If anyone needs to go, it's Dave Hart and his "good ole boys " mentality he has fostered at UTK.

Chuck Mehan

East Ridge

* * *

I hate to confuse Chuck Mehan with the facts about Dave Hart but he did not "force" Pat Summitt out as Lady Vols coach. Here is Pat's statement:

"It was entirely my decision to step down from my position as the head coach of women's basketball at the University of Tennessee," Summitt, who has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, said in the three-paragraph statement.

Hart inherited a huge mess left by Mike Hamilton and is working through it. He also is combining the men's and women's Athletic Departments from a decision that was made long before he became AD. As for Boise coach Chris Petersen, he has made it pretty clear he is happy in Boise and has rejected many offers over the years.

This morning it was announced that we have hired Butch Jones from Cincinnati as our new HC. Here is an original thought, why don't we give him a chance before we criticize Hart for the hire?

Douglas Jones


David Carroll: I Heard You Could Use A Laugh

After all these rainy days we’ve had, let’s share a laugh or two:  Overheard from a favorite waitress:  "My doctor told me I have ADD-HD.  I don't pay attention that often, but when I do, everything looks really sharp."  A senior citizens group just invited me to speak at their next meeting.  The lady who called asked me, "How long do you talk?"  I ... (click for more)

Not Impressed With The Tax Increase

Mr. Smith did not impress me enough when he came to Lookout Valley and lobbied for support for his tax increase.   According to the draft supplied by Mr. Smith, the average pay for personnel in Lookout Valley Middle School and High School, including benefits, is $68,000.  That's not shabby; and then give a five percent pay increase: $2,727,929.36 divided by 40 staff ... (click for more)

Pedestrian Struck And Dragged An Estimated 4 Blocks Early Friday Morning Was Levi S. Youster, 22

Early Friday morning the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a pedestrian struck near 400 Cherry Street.   Once on scene, officers found Levi S. Youster, 22,  suffering from serious injuries caused by being dragged by the vehicle an estimated four blocks.   He was transported to a local hospital and is expected to live. Investigators ... (click for more)

Flash Flood Warning Issued For Hamilton County; Cancellations And Road Closings Announced

A flash flood warning has been issued for Hamilton County for Thursday afternoon. It was reported t ramp from I-24 West to Cummings Highway was closed, due to flooding. The Chattanooga Fire Department reported  roads were underwater at 3rd and Roanoke. UTC softball’s Thursday doubleheader with non-conference foe UAB at Frost Stadium has been cancelled due to the ... (click for more)

Brewer Selected New East Ridge Girls Basketball Coach

(Story has been updated) Blaine Brewer admitted his becoming a head coach at East Ridge, or any other place for that matter, is ahead of schedule. “It certainly has happened quicker than I thought it would,” the 24-year-old Brewer said Friday. “I’m really excited though.” Brewer, who is from Memphis and attended Arlington High School where he played basketball and ... (click for more)

McClendon, Ex-Rhea Assistant, Joins Lyness' Lady Trojans Staff

Cheryl McClendon, an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Rhea County the past eight years, has been hired for a similar job at Soddy-Daisy High School, head coach Drew Lyness said Friday afternoon. McClendon has taught at Soddy-Daisy for the last 13 years and served as one of Rhea County coach Shane Johnston’s assistants for almost a decade. Johnston has resigned at Rhea County ... (click for more)