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“We need to stabilize our leadership team and move ourselves aggressively forward in the directions we want to go,” he said. “Which means we’re going to be a better place in the future than we are today.”

Hamilton has helped interview candidates for baseball coach but said it will be up to a committee of Vols officials to make the final decision now, which probably won’t come until the conclusion of the College World Series at the end of June.

Hamilton also asked for fans to rally together to support football coach Derek Dooley, basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and the future athletics director. Dooley thanked him for his support.

“I will always be grateful for the opportunity Mike gave me to be the head football coach at Tennessee,” Dooley said. “The tremendous support he provided our staff and program has allowed us to set a strong foundation for the future of Tennessee football.”