Mike Hamilton announced his resignation as Tennessee's athletic director on Tuesday.
He said the following words: "I think today was inevitable."
Sure, Hamilton said lots more. He talked about his personal life and professional life, talked about his past and future and even quoted scripture. All in all, it was an OK performance. But the words that stood out most were the five from above because they suggested Hamilton recognized what he was up against even if he almost certainly recognized it later than most. You see, once Tennessee decided to split with Bruce Pearl because of Pearl's acknowledged NCAA violations it became obvious that Hamilton, the man who hired Pearl, wouldn't last. I had no idea whether the resignation would come in June 2011 or August 2011 or January 2012. But I've said many times on many radio stations that Tennessee would have a new athletic director, one way or another, when all of its NCAA issues were in the past. That educated guess has been confirmed.
Now to the big picture.
As my colleague Gregg Doyel pointed out, this can't be good news for Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, because it's the latest example that athletic directors can't survive reckless employees as well as they used to. Mike Garrett didn't survive Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo at USC. Lew Perkins didn't survive the ticket scandal at Kansas, and Hamilton didn't survive Lane Kiffin and Pearl at Tennessee.
So will Smith really survive Jim Tressel and Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State?
Somehow, I doubt it.
Like Hamilton said, it's probably inevitable.