Deaton departs after nine years in the position, under which the school's enrollment, real estate, tuition and sports emphasis expanded significantly. He will be remembered primarily for the university skipping out of the Big 12 and into the SEC during his tenure. That legacy looked a little shaky until this year. But with the Tigers football squad competing for the SEC Championship this weekend, Deaton is exiting with style.
Meanwhile, head coach Gary Pinkel says he's not interested in the open head-coaching position at the University of Washington, where he was an assistant coach for 12 years.