"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football."—John Heisman
The analogy here is Hart just got handed the keys to an entire athletic program, so don't screw it up. The general rule for this job is you leave it better than you found it. It didn't work for him at FSU, but was that his fault? Many say no, but it was on his watch.
At Bama he has and could do no wrong. He has won accolades galore among his peers that would strain a strong shelf, and is praised still by his former boss UOA AD Mal Moore for his job. http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/09/alabama_ad_mal_moore_wishes_ri.html
Mal Moore had this to say about his assistant:
"When we hired Dave three years ago, we anticipated the possibility that he would eventually have opportunities such as this one," Moore said in a written statement.
"When this opportunity came along I had mixed feelings, just as I do now. While I am very proud and pleased for Dave and his wife, Pam, for the opportunity they have been given, I also hate to lose him.
"He's a gifted administrator who has done an excellent job for our athletic department and our university. I know I speak for all of us in Alabama Athletics in wishing Dave all the best at Tennessee."
As a Vol student, fan, or player it's important to know that Hart was not just an assistant AD. For the most part Hart ran the day-to-day operations of Alabama athletics for Mal Moore. That is no small feat. I say give him some room, and hope Coach Dooley finishes with a winning season. That could develop into another mess that nobody, and I mean nobody, even wants to consider at this junction.