Heath Shuler reportedly considering leaving House for AD gig

Heath Shuler is reportedly considering stepping down from his position as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the Western district of North Carolina in order to become the athletic director at the University of Tennessee, where he starred previously.

Tony Basilio of WVLZ radio in Knoxville, Tenn., reported that Shuler is considering the new job, according to the Asheville (N.C.) Xpress.

Shuler, a failure in Washington when he was a first-round draft pick by the Redskins, has served in the House since 2007 and has a prominent position on the House Budget Committee. But he faces a primary challenge looking ahead to the 2012 election and the district lines could be re-drawn.

Per the report, the school approached Shuler first and he’s since contacted Phil Fulmer and Johnny Majors, former football coaches, about the job. Both men gave him their blessing.

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