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: January 23, 2009, 01:23:17 AM

With his retention bonus, Monte will earn $1.5 million this year.


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#1 : January 23, 2009, 01:29:08 AM

Some "volunteer" Monte has become...


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#2 : January 23, 2009, 03:55:36 AM

Not everyone happy with the spending spree at UT....

Not everybody giddy over Vols' high-priced staff

January 22, 2009 7:37 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

The Big Orange Nation is giddy with excitement about Tennessee's new $3.6 million football staff.

It's laden with proven recruiters, guys who've coached in the NFL and features one of the foremost defensive minds in all of football. The Vols' fans are already salivating about the possibilities next fall and beyond.

Forgive Dr. John Nolt if he views things a bit differently.

Nolt is the president of the Faculty Senate at Tennessee and has taught in the Philosophy department for the last 30 years. He's never seen a more frightening outlook for the university from an academic perspective.

Conservative estimates say there will be a $4.4 million reduction in faculty salaries across the board at Tennessee due to budget cuts.

"That was the figure we were working with before Christmas," Nolt said. "The situation has gotten worse since then."

So when Nolt saw the staggering dollar amounts Thursday being paid to the Vols' new football assistants, his heart sank.

Yes, he realizes that the athletic department at Tennessee is self-sufficient and that the budgets are entirely separate. Yes, he understands that the athletic department already contributes money to the academic side. And, yes, he accepts that it's an arms race that has gripped all of college sports and isn't merely confined to Tennessee.

"But it's still hard to take when we're losing positions and colleagues all across the university because of the budget constraints we're under," Nolt said. "It's a huge disparity, to see academics starved while there's that kind of wealth in athletics.

"I don't want to be perceived as somebody standing out there looking for a handout, because the athletic department does a lot of good at this university. I don't want to downplay that. But to see coaches' salaries go up like this and know how much we're hurting here on the academic side, the central function of this university, that's not right."

Nolt pointed out that costs for students would only go up when all the faculty layoffs hit.

"It will be harder to get the classes they need to graduate and will take them longer to graduate," Nolt said. "Fewer classes per semester will be offered."

He does believe there's an awareness among athletic administrators at Tennessee that things are out of whack and hopes they will take steps to further help academics.

"It's not possible for one university to fix the problem," Nolt said. "There's going to have to be constraint among all athletic programs."


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#3 : January 23, 2009, 04:53:26 AM

Who cares?
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