Cronan steps in as Vols' interim AD

Joan Cronan, Tennessee's longtime women's athletic director, will oversee the Vols' entire athletic department until a replacement for Mike Hamilton is found.

This is just a temporary assignment for Cronan, who will remain as women's athletic director and also be a member of the chancellor's cabinet until June 30, 2012. From that point, she will take on an advisory role to the vice chancellor and chancellor until June 30, 2014.

The real news coming out of Thursday's announcement was that Hamilton's replacement will be the vice chancellor/director of athletics and oversee the entire athletic department. It's a move that will complete the consolidation of the men's and women's athletic departments at Tennessee, which was one of two schools in the country (Texas being the other) with separate men's and women's athletic departments.

Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek has said he hopes to have a new vice chancellor/director of athletics in place by the start of the 2011 football season.