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Hart confident Tennessee’s on verge of rebound

July 19th, 2013 - By Steve James

Tennessee athletic director

Dave Hart believes his department is on the right track, even

though the Volunteers’ recent results show there’s plenty of work

left to do.

The Vols have failed to earn a bowl bid or reach the

NCAA men’s basketball tournament each of the last two years. Before

2011-12, Tennessee hadn’t missed out on a bowl and the NCAA

tournament in the same school year since 1977-78.

Tennessee placed 37th in the 2012-13 Directors Cup

standings, its lowest finish in the 20-year history of the award

given annually to the nation’s top college athletic program.

Hart says he understood the challenges facing

Tennessee when he took the job in September 2011. He believes

recent moves such as the hiring of football coach Butch Jones will

turn things around.