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David Blackburn Resigning As UTC Athletic Director

Well, this came from out of nowhere.

UT-Chattanooga Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn announced on Tuesday morning that he would be resigning from both positions effective immediately, according to UTC spokesperson Chuck Cantrell who spoke to WTVC in Chattanooga.

“The time has come for me to resign as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics,” Blackburn said. “I love UTC and the city of Chattanooga. I’m grateful for the time allowed to serve this great school and city.”

After serving as the Mocs’ athletic director for a little over four years, Blackburn said that he is leaving to pursue other interests. During Blackburn’s tenure since his hiring on April 20, 2013, he oversaw a revitalization of UTC athletics which included 13 Southern Conference regular season titles and 10 conference tournament titles. In the 2015-16 regular season, the Mocs became the first school in SoCon history to win the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball championships in the same year.

Under Blackburn, the Mocs football team also made three straight appearances in the FCS Playoffs from 2014-16 and won at least a share of the SoCon title from 2013-15.

Blackburn also made the hires of Will Wade for men’s basketball, who is currently the head coach of LSU, and Jim Foster for women’s basketball, who currently has won the SoCon outright in his four years as head coach.

Scott Altizer was named as interim AD for UTC, while a national search for Blackburn’s successor gets underway.

Just a few short months ago in Knoxville, Blackburn’s name was one that was always at the top of fan and media wish lists to become the new AD at Tennessee to replace the retiring Dave Hart. Before arriving at UTC, Blackburn was a UT graduate spent 20 years in various roles in the UT athletic department with his last position being the senior associate athletics director for administration.

Given Blackburn’s ties to the area and long tenure at UT, many were wanting him to replace Hart. Instead, UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport hired Kansas State AD John Currie on Feb. 28, much to some in Vol Nation’s chagrin. It was even reported that Blackburn did not receive a formal interview by Tennessee’s AD search committee during the hiring process.

It is untelling if Blackburn is stepping down because he has another AD job lined up, if this is due to personal problems or he is just taking a break for a while. However, the last few months have been a rough go of things for him.

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