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A Rocky Ending: Mike Hamilton to resign today

According to WBIR in Knoxville, athletic director Mike Hamilton will resign today as the athletic director at Tennessee.

Hamilton has been the athletic director at Tennessee since 2003, when he replaced Doug Dickey.

During his tenure, Hamilton hired Bruce Pearl, Lane Kiffin, and Derek Dooley.  He also made the decision to ask for the resignation of former head football coach Phil Fulmer.

In 2007, Hamilton dismissed successful baseball coach Rod Delmonico, who led the Vols to two SEC titles and three College World Series appearances.  Delmonico was the national coach of the year in 1995.

Most recently, Hamilton dismissed head baseball coach Todd Raleigh.

The resignation comes before the NCAA hearings for recent voilations against the basketball and football programs.

Oh, let the "Phil Fulmer for AD" rumblings begin.

UPDATE: During his press conference today, Hamilton said, "I think today was inevitable. I need to close this chapter of my life and move ahead."

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