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REPORT: Tennessee fires chancellor Beverly Davenport

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Even more turnover.

NCAA Basketball: Georgia at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Things were just a little too quiet around Knoxville, huh? The University of Tennessee has made the move to fire Chancellor Beverly Davenport, according to Jimmy Hyams of WNML.

As Hyams points out, Davenport was responsible for the hiring of former athletics director John Currie. Tennessee’s football season didn’t go according to plan, forcing Currie to make the decision to fire Butch Jones on November 12th. We all know what happened from there.

A botched coaching search was enough for Davenport to pull the plug on Currie. She appointed Phillip Fulmer to the AD position shortly after. From there, Fulmer hired Jeremy Pruitt and everything has been fairly smooth since.

Until today, reportedly.

If Davenport was fired, that will mean Tennessee will have its 17th leadership change in a position of major power, as Chris Low points out. It would be hard to build any sort of program with that kind of turnover at the top.

Everything about this move seems bizarre, considering the fact of how well things seemed to be going since Fulmer took over as athletics director.

This post will be updated with any new details that emerge.


Update: Per Trey Wallace, Tennessee is working on a statement.

Update: John Brice confirms.

Update: Now we have a statement from the University, which confirms the reports. However, Davenport will remain with the school as a member of the faculty in the College of Communication and Information.

Statement and termination letter can be found here.