The University of Tennessee continues to be in a constant state of dysfunction. A little over a year after being hired to be the chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Beverly Davenport has been fired by university president Dr. Joe DiPietro.

Veteran Tennessee reporter Jimmy Hyams of WNML broke the news out of Knoxville via Twitter, as the first woman to serve as a chancellor at the University of Tennessee was fired.

Among the key hires Davenport made during her run as chancellor was that of athletics director John Currie, who came to Tennesee after filling the same role at Kansas State. But just eight months after Currie was hired for the job, he was at the head of an embarrassing coaching search for the Vols football program. After firing Butch Jones, Currie was set to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator and former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano. This was not news that was received well by Tennessee fans and a spur-of-the-moment revolt against the program by fans quickly sent Tennessee back to the drawing board to find a new head coach after succumbing to the pressure. This ultimately ended up costing Currie his job and sending former Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer into the role of AD to please fans, and Tennessee later hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to be the new head coach.

That may be the lowlight of the first-year performance by Davenport that yielded some mixed reviews from within the Tennessee community. But what may have been the curtain call for Davenport was a recent meeting of the UT Board of Trustees, at which the job performance of Davenport was to be discussed. With pressure rising to create a board that is established and has a better understanding of the political landscape that comes with the job, Davenport may have come up short of convincing the board members and the president she was qualified for the job.

Keep in mind that DiPietro actually recommended Davenport for the job, so it may be fair to question his decision-making to a degree as well, if it has not been questioned already.

If Tennessee is looking to find stability as a university and athletics program, it is not doing well in that department right now. Where will Tennessee turn now? Well, here’s an idea…

This does bring about some questions for Tennessee. Who will the new chancellor be, and how will that impact what happens with the future of the university and athletics department? Will the new chancellor be a puppet of the board? Will the new chancellor see eye-to-eye with Fulmer, or will Tennessee be looking to find a new AD sooner than expected?

Let’s just cut right to the chase and start up the campaign to send Peyton Manning back to Tennessee to straighten things out in Knoxville.

About Kevin McGuire

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