Upon his arrival, new Tennessee athletic director John Currie will be forced to win over some of the fan base in Knoxville. According to one of his most recent tweets, former Tennessee lineman Albert Haynesworth is among those that will need some convincing.

The former Vol clearly wanted to see his former coach Phillip Fulmer land the job. Check out what Haynesworth posted Wednesday — he even called the school the laughingstock of the SEC:

While Currie may have some work to do in order to rally the Rocky Top community, he at least has experience at the school and was a member of the athletic department during the glory years of the football program. Currie also has a reputation as one of the nation’s best fundraisers. Should he translate that ability to Knoxville, Tennessee fans should be happy with his selection.

It remains to be seen how successful the former Kansas State athletic director will be running the Tennessee program full-time but he’ll get his first chance to make an impression with the fan base Thursday during his introductory press conference at 4:30 p.m. ET.


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