Kansas State's John Currie is the new athletic director at Tennessee

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 28, 2017

Kansas State athletic director John Currie will be named to the same job at Tennessee. He will officially begin on April 1.

It culminates a process that seemed out of sorts at times for UT. There were reports earlier this year that former football coach Phillip Fulmer could be named to the job soon, but that was before a committee was put together and a search firm was hired. Chattanooga AD David Blackburn openly said he wanted the job. North Carolina AD Bubba Cunningham reportedly removed himself from the search over the weekend.

For Currie, it’s a return to Knoxville. He was an assistant AD at Tennessee from 1997-2009, when he became the AD at K-State.

"It is a very exciting time for my family and me as we return to a place that remains very special to us," Currie said in a release. "We spent 10 years in Knoxville prior to taking the job at K-State, and I appreciate Chancellor Davenport and the University of Tennessee for providing us this special opportunity. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I know how much UT athletics means to the people in the state, and I look forward to serving all of the Big Orange Nation, its wonderful coaches, staff and student-athletes, for many years to come. We are excited to return to Rocky Top."

In his K-State tenure, Currie operated with a budget surplus each year, and he oversaw the development of the a new football complex, along with several other facilities projects totaling $210 million. The department raised more than $200 million in cash donations in his time, which was more than the previous 48 years combined.

At Tennessee, Currie inherits a football program that has new facilities, but one that sees head coach Butch Jones facing pressure to win in 2017 after falling short of an SEC East title. Jones was hired by outgoing AD Dave Hart, who announced he will retire in June.

There have already been more than 10 AD changes in FBS in 2017. Keep track of AD changes here.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with CoachingSearch.com and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News, MLive.com, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to chris@coachingsearch.com.

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