Ball In Hamilton's Hands

Glenn Clevenger, Sr.Contributor IJanuary 15, 2010

DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Head coach David Cutcliffe of the Duke Blue Devils watches the action during the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It seems that the decision to complete the deal so to speak, on Cutcliffe coming to Tennessee depends on Mike Hamilton making up his mind today.  It is now being reported that Coach Cutcliffe has told Tennessee that he wanted to know immediately or he would take his name out of contention for the job period.  He feels that waiting any longer than beyond today will jeopardize Duke's recruiting efforts and he has enough integrity not to want that to happen.  If the choice is to be made he wants to at least give  them as well as himself here at Tennessee a fighting chance on signing day.

Hopefully, Mr. Hamilton is on the same page since he has made the comment that he wanted to have our new Coach in place by Friday night for the same reasons.  I guess we will see how serious he is about this commitment by this evening.  The fans of Tennessee have the right to expect that Mr. Hamilton will indeed act in the school's best interest and finalize this transition in a timely manner for the sake of a positive solution that has the appeal to the potential signees and an aura of professionalism that shows we are serious about presenting our school in a manner that dictates that we believe in what we are doing here at Tennessee.

Meeting this time line would go a long way in presenting a positive solution to our present problems and lend itself to a much more productive and appealing signing class.  Please Mr. Hamilton, step up to the plate and do what is right for the program.  Enough is enough, we need to put this thing to rest and get on with the business of putting our program back in action.