First reported by Jimmy Hyams of 99.1FM The Sports Animal in Knoxville, TN, Tennessee has hired Kansas State athletic director John Currie to be the Vols next AD. Currie is familiar with Tennessee as he spent 12 years there in various roles before becoming accepting the AD job at K-State in 2009.
For most Wildcat fans, this is welcomed news. There is no denying the job Currie has done for K-State athletics. The Wildcats won three Big 12 Championships during his tenure; football in 2012, men’s basketball in 2013, and in baseball in 2013. Plus, just look at the improvements to Bill Snyder Family Memorial Stadium.
However, as the Wildcats sit at 6-10 in conference in basketball, a good amount of fans lost faith in coach Bruce Weber long ago and are frustrated that he’s still in Manhattan, KS. Especially after coach Brad Underwood, a K-State alumni, was on the table a season ago before being picked up by Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are one of the hottest teams in college basketball right now, which has a segment of the EMAW faithful frustrated at what could have been.
Currie was making $775,000 a year at K-State in a contract that carried through 2022.
It’s too early to know just who will replace Currie, but whoever it is will likely responsible for a couple of big hires in the not so distant future. Weber’s buyout is only becoming more affordable and coach Bill Snyder will retire at some point, right?