KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton has announced that he is resigning in an effort to help the Volunteers move on from a "period of turmoil that needs to end."
Hamilton, who made the announcement Tuesday, has faced criticism for the coaches he hired and later fired during the past three seasons and for NCAA violations committed by those coaches that has resulted in a major ongoing investigation.
Chancellor Jimmy Cheek says he did not force Hamilton out but did not try to convince him to stay when Hamilton approached him about resigning last week. Hamilton's buyout will be $1.3 million over three years.
Cheek says he will name an interim athletics director in the coming days and hopes to have a permanent replacement by the beginning of the football season.