Schuler Eyeing Move from Congress to UT Athletic Director?

Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler is reportedly considering a job as the University of Tennessee’s athletic director, but his spokesman said the congressman’s recent fundraising suggests he’s not planning to leave Capitol Hill anytime soon, reports The Tennessean.
The spokesman, Andrew Whelan, didn’t expressly deny that Shuler is considering the position at his alma mater in Knoxville. He said the congressman “is not seeking the A.D. spot and hasn’t been offered the A.D. spot.”
“We’re doing everything we can to raise money for a re-election campaign in 2012,” Whelan said Wednesday. “I can’t really speak to sports talk radio or Internet rumors, but the congressman is looking forward to his re-election in 2012. He is running for Congress.”
Jimmy Stanton, communications director for UT athletics, said a committee is searching for the next athletic director, but he didn’t know who’s being considered.
Knoxville radio station WVLZ reported this week that Shuler is in talks with UT leadership about the position. He was a star quarterback for the Vols in the 1990s.
Experts say the three-term Democrat faces a tough race in 2012, especially because redistricting by the state’s Republican legislature may strip Asheville, a Democratic stronghold, from Shuler’s district.
Shuler has geared up fundraising with four events in the past two weeks. Another will take place in August at a concert given by Taylor Swift in Washington.

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