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AP Interviews UT President on Athletics (‘We are not pleased’) and Academics

By Bill Poovey, Associated Press
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — After almost a year as president of the University of Tennessee, there is no hiding Joe DiPietro’s enthusiasm for his system-wide strategic plan, his efforts to streamline the replacement of outdated learning facilities and promote all the campuses.
In the most publicly visible part of UT, DiPietro also shares the frustrations of many Vols’ fans about the losing football season and the shake-up in men’s basketball.
He told The Associated Press those programs are rebuilding and he has confidence in the people leading them.
Asked about repercussions of basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s firing in March, DiPietro said the Knoxville chancellor manages athletics but “the key is in rebuilding the program from a low spot, you need to, one, have patience.”
After a losing season under football coach Derek Dooley and the basketball team currently 4-6 under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin, DiPietro said, “We are not pleased.”

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