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Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart to retire in June 2017

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart will retire next summer after a tumultuous tenure that included consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments, improvements in fundraising and facilities and the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit.

Hart's announcement Thursday came six weeks after Tennessee reached a $2.48 million settlement in a Title IX lawsuit regarding its handling of assault and sexual assault complaints against athletes. It comes two months after chancellor Jimmy Cheek said he was stepping down to return to teaching.

The 67-year-old Hart says he once considered remaining athletic director through 2020 but changed his mind in part to allow Cheek's...

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