National Reaction to Tennessee Hiring John Currie

There was a loud reaction on social media Tuesday morning when Jimmy Hyams broke the news that Tennessee has hired John Currie as its new athletic director.

Tennessee fans offered mixed reaction during the day with a largely negative response when Sports 180 polled Tennessee fans what they thought of the hire.

Poll for Tennessee fans: What do you think of Tennessee’s decision to hire John Currie?
— Josh and Will (@sports180) February 28, 2017

What about the national reaction? Here’s a collection of opinions from national writers on Tennessee’s decision to hire Currie, who has served as Kansas State’s AD since 2009. As you’ll see, the overall reaction has been favorable for Tennessee’s hire.

#Miami lands a big-time grad transfer in Dee Delaney from The Citadel a 6–1, 190-pound FCS All-American CB:
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 28, 2017
Tennessee, you did something right!
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) February 28, 2017
Tennessee did the smart thing by hiring John Currie as AD. Fulmer would have been a fiasco and Blackburn wasn’t ready. It’s a big job.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) February 28, 2017
Seriously good hire here →
— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) February 28, 2017
Currie is widely respected in AD and administrative circles, but his hiring will be polarizing for a lot of people at Tennessee.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) February 28, 2017
Under Currie, K-State transformed its football facilities, highlighted by construction of the very impressive Vanier Complex.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) February 28, 2017
For all the meandering, this is a terrific choice — one I had advocated all along.
— Travis Haney (@travhaney) February 28, 2017
Another SEC school makes good AD hire: Tennessee grabs Currie from K-State. Follows Byrne from Zona to Bama. League importing sharp minds
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) February 28, 2017
Poaching Kansas State athletic director John Currie is a huge move for Tennessee. One of the best in the business.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 28, 2017

Originally published at on February 28, 2017.