The University of Tennessee finally announced the hiring of a new athletic director on Tuesday. John Currie, who was the AD at Kansas State and previously worked for Tennessee’s administration from 1997-2009, was announced as Tennessee’s new AD on the last day of February and will address the public and the media for the first time on Thursday afternoon.
Currie’s hire was met with wildly different opinions from media and fans across the country, but none of those opinions change the facts: Currie has several challenges facing him in every single sport.
Almost all of Tennessee’s major athletic programs have been in some sort of rut over the last decade. Tennessee hasn’t won a national title in any of its major sports (football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and softball) since 2008 when the Lady Vols won their eighth title under Pat Summitt.
Here are the five questions Currie must answer not only at his opening press conference, but also in the first few years of his tenure at Tennessee.