Tennessee AD search

One day after new Chancellor Beverly Davenport takes her position at the University, a new name has emerged as a candidate for the Vols’ Athletic Director position.

247 Sports National Football Writer Travis Haney told the Midday 180 on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone that former Carolina Panthers’ team president Danny Morrison could be in consideration.

Morrison stepped down from his post as team president, which he served since 2009. He came to the NFL from TCU where he was the athletic director from 2005-2009. Before TCU, Morrison was the commissioner of the Southern Conference from 2001-2005.

Here is Morrison’s statement, via the Panthers on why he resigned: “I have enjoyed my time with the Panthers and want to thank Mr. Richardson and everyone involved with the organization,” Morrison said. “This is something I have been thinking about for a while and the timing is right with the start of the business year. We have made great progress in a number of areas, but there are other endeavors, particularly on the college level, that interest me as a final chapter in my career.”

Haney mentioned that he’s unclear if Tennessee has expressed interest in Morrison or if this is Morrison’s camp presenting interest in Tennessee.

Former Vols head football coach Phil Fulmer and Chattanooga AD David Blackburn have been considered the front runners for the job over the last several months. Current AD Dave Hart is set to retire this summer.