Currie, 46, has history with Tennessee. This is the first big athletics-related move for new chancellor Beverly Davenport, which at the very least does a nice job of creating a positive compromise and hopefully a consensus with all involved.
Kansas State's John Currie has been hired as the new athletic director at the University of Tennessee.
Vol Nation yearned for a candidate who held ties with its beloved university. "It has been impressive to see the growth of our athletics department with the goal of building a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program". From 1997 until 2008, Currie worked in Knoxville as the program's executive associate athletic director, senior associate athletic director, associate athletic director for external operations and associate director for development, among other titles.
"We are extremely pleased to announce John as our new vice chancellor and director of athletics", Davenport said in an email addressed to the UT community.
Snyder turned 77 last fall, and even before he recently revealed he has been diagnosed with throat cancer, it was clear K-State needed to get some sort of succession plan in order. "According to the program's athletic website, Currie helped complete "$210 million in comprehensive facility improvements benefiting all 16 Wildcat teams".
For replacement options, K-State deputy athletics director Laird Veatch's name has surfaced in murmurs.
The increase in both budget and investments was met with improved performances across most sports.
Athletically, Currie's tenure has been marked by across the board success including seven straight bowl appearances in football, Big 12 Conference championships in football, men's basketball and baseball, 47 individual Big 12 and eight NCAA titles in track and field, five men's basketball NCAA Tournament appearances, three in women's basketball, four in volleyball and three in baseball.