KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee received two bids for crimson carpet ordered but never installed by former President John Shumaker, a school official said Monday.
The winner will be announced Tuesday after the bids have been "reviewed and evaluated," warehousing manager Bill Keanaaina said. "It may be more of a cursory thing, but it is the process we go through."
The university had set a minimum bid of $40,000 - the same price it paid for the 950 square yards of red rug that Shumaker bought to replace the trademark UT orange carpet in the president's office.
"That's what we asked," Keanaaina said, "but you know people will do weird things sometimes." He refused to elaborate.
Shumaker resigned in August after an audit revealed lavish spending.
In this case, the UT community was shocked as much by the color he chose as the price paid. The rug's "crimson flow" hue is better suited to the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, a fierce football rival, or the University of Louisville, where Shumaker previously was president.