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UT athletics director Dave Hart signs 1 year contract extension

3:44 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
UT Athletics Director Dave Hart
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The University of Tennessee and Athletics Director Dave Hart have agreed on an extension to Hart's contract.

Hart signed a six-year contract when he was named vice chancellor and director of athletics on Sept. 5, 2011. This contract extension moves its end date to Sept. 18, 2018, and provides for one additional year with a $50,000 retention bonus.

Hart's salary will remain at $592,250.  Hart received a 3% raise om 2012.  His contract also includes an additional $150,000 a year for media appearances.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said he is pleased with Hart's leadership and progress on goals for the Athletics Department.

"He has worked hard to develop a more efficient financial model and has put the right people in place, including coaches, to help reach UT's aggressive goals," Cheek said.

"I am pleased that Dave has made this commitment to the University of Tennessee. I look forward to continued progress in our Athletics Department in our quest for comprehensive excellence both on and off the field," Cheek said.

Cheek said he will work with Hart to provide the resources and support necessary to achieve those goals.

"I appreciate the confidence and commitment Chancellor Cheek has demonstrated by extending my contract," Hart said. "Tennessee is a special place and I am committed to the goals we have set and the opportunities we have to make a difference."

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