Fulmer definitely wants to coach again

 

New York–The last time August rolled around and Phillip Fulmer WASN’T getting ready for a football season, he was in the sixth grade in his native Winchester, Tenn.

“When this time of the year finally came I knew I was going to miss coaching,” said Fulmer. “I just didn’t know I would miss it this much.”

As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Fulmer has spent most of the past 40 years at the University of Tennessee. In 17 years as head coach, Fulmer had won 152 games, two SEC championships, one national championship (1998) and took the Volunteers to the SEC championship game five times, the last appearance coming as recently as 2007. But last November, as the Volunteers stumbled towards a 5-7 finish, athletics director Mike Hamilton informed Fulmer that the time had come to make a change.

“It was tough. I’m not going to kid you,” Fulmer said. “Given our track record, I certainly believed we could get things turned back around if given a chance. But that wasn’t what happened. I understand the business. I knew I was going to be fine.”

With his 59th birthday coming up on Sept. 1, Phillip Fulmer wants his friends to know he is fine. He was in New York this week getting ready for a new assignment as a college football analyst for the CBS College Sports Network. Fulmer and I did an SEC/Big 12 preview show together that will run on CBS College later this month. We also enjoyed a nice dinner out on the town where we had a chance to catch up on what he’s been doing since parting ways with Tennessee.

“My priest told me that I should take a sabbatical where I would rest, study, and pray and I took that to heart,” said Fulmer. “I did more fun things than I’ve done in a long, long time. We have a new grandson that I’m enjoying. I’ve enjoyed my family a lot more. I’ve gotten involved in an investment business where I’m a partner. The good news is that I don’t have to do anything. But it’s not in my DNA not to be doing something.”

Fulmer is set financially but he took the TV gig because he wanted to stay involved in the game and keep his face out there. He is very clear on this: If the right opportunity comes along, he wants to get back into coaching for the 2010 season.

“I absolutely want to coach again. I’m young and I feel young,” Fulmer said. “Given what we accomplished at Tennessee I still think we have something to contribute. We had a lot of success at Tennessee.”

But Fulmer also made it clear that he will only return to coaching at a school that is committed to winning championships.

“I think the commitment comes from the administration in terms of facilities, hiring the best possible staff and giving them the tools to succeed,” Fulmer said. “It would be silly for me at this point to go start up a program. Building new programs is very important work. But that is not what I want to do at this point.”

Fulmer is doing television to remain close to the game. He is also making his own personal tour to NFL camps trying to add to his knowledge base. When he left New York on Wednesday, Fulmer rented a car and drove to Albany where he attended the Giants training camp.

“People who know me know that I’m not afraid of change and to learn new things,” said Fulmer. “I’m not afraid to take a chance. We showed that went we went from (quarterback) Petyon Manning (in 1997) to Tee Martin (in 1998). They were both great players but had success in different ways.

“Of course that (willingness to try new things) probably bit me in the butt last year.” Fulmer was referring to his hiring of former Richmond head coach Dave Clawson as his offensive coordinator in 2008. The move was intended to create some new offensive wrinkles after the departure of OC David Cutlicliffe to Duke. It did not work and was one of the contributing factors to Fulmer’s ultimate dismissal at Tennessee.

Fulmer is very guarded when he discusses the new Tennessee coaching staff, led by Lane Kiffin. He believes that former head coaches are supposed to be like former presidents. You don’t talk about the new guy.

But in our show he did say this when asked about Tennessee: “In football, if you’re going to talk, you better be able to back it up.”

So Fulmer is going to work hard at television but have some fun. He’s going to learn as much as he can and if the phone rings in November and December and opportunity knocks again, he’ll have a decision to make.

“People who are close to me tell me I don’t have to do this (go back to coaching). It is a valid discussion,” Fulmer said. “Figuring all that out is what this fall is going to be all about. My plan is to enjoy it.”

 

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The Rifleman

August 20th, 2009
9:13 am

The next coach at Louisville…..

Saint Simons

August 20th, 2009
9:13 am

(((((45-42))))) hahahahahahaha. WTF took you so long barny?

Bill in Sandy Springs

August 20th, 2009
9:36 am

Hey TB,

My brother’s girlfriend’s a lifelong Texas AM Aggie fan. The Aggies are currently stuggling under Mike Sherman despite the great recruiting effort. I know it’s still early in his stay in College Station but if things don’t shape up this season they may run out of patience anyway.

Would a place like Texas AM be a place for Fulmer to land his next job?

Kid Ray

August 20th, 2009
9:37 am

UofL would be perfect for Fulmer…Good school…BCS league but a little more off the radar than UT. Also could see him at Wisc if Bielema falters again.

Kramers2009

August 20th, 2009
9:37 am

South Carolina?

Kramers2009

August 20th, 2009
9:41 am

Wiscosin would be hilarous.. hell, Fulmer is use to having to rely on recruiting out of state talent. He succesfully went out of state in Knoxville.. maybe he could talk some kids in to coming up to Madison. They do have a rabit fan base. I would love to see Phil go up there and dominate the big ten.

Jon

August 20th, 2009
9:41 am

If I’m TAMU I would go after Tuberbille before Fulmer.

Bill in Sandy Springs

August 20th, 2009
9:42 am

Louisville sounds like the money pick for Fulmer’s next stop. Wisconsin is a realistic possibillity if Bielema continues on the same path he is on.

Jon

August 20th, 2009
9:43 am

Spurrier is not going anywhere Kramers 09

Dink

August 20th, 2009
9:43 am

Seems like Father Time is not on his side. Too many young, up & coming coaches these days.

Tony, I’m looking forward to the return of “Talking Football” September 3. Who is taking over for Tee Martin?

Go Dawgs!

Bill in Sandy Springs

August 20th, 2009
9:47 am

I am not sure if A&M could afford Tuberville but they might get Fulmer at a discount.

GWJ

August 20th, 2009
9:49 am

Fulmer can go to South Carolina and win 6-7 games a year….just like everybody else that’s EVER coached at USC.

Gator Nation

August 20th, 2009
9:50 am

Tuberville will be head coach of Miami if they dont get at least 8 but possibly 9 wins this season.

We the people

August 20th, 2009
10:03 am

He will not coach in the SEC again. The Big 12 or the “Slack 10″ might be suitable for his XL Pumpkin Ego.

SuperB

August 20th, 2009
10:04 am

Fulmer needs to keep his house in Knoxville. By November the Vols will be trying to hire him back to replace the large mouth bass they employed to run them further into shallow water.

Why don't these guys just...

August 20th, 2009
10:09 am

…go off into the sunset quietly? He probably will not be hired anywhere other than a 1AA school – as Dink said, too many good young coaches out there deserving a chance and good D1 athletics directors know that in these financial times they can roll the dice for less money than roll the dice on a probably overpaid FORMERLY successful coach – no matter what the name on the former coach says.

Chuck Uga

August 20th, 2009
10:11 am

I still say UT made a big mistake. Just watch.

Fulmer will not leave the south for a new position. He won’t have to. Louisville or an ACC school will likely land him. Don’t be shocked to one day see him alongside David Cutcliffe (again). I just hope we (UGA) won’t have them on our schedule (oh well, UGA has a home-and-home coming up with Louisville. Crap). I just pray he doesn’t end up at Ga Tech when Paul Johnson leaves.

PTC DAWG

August 20th, 2009
10:11 am

Best of luck to Fulmer…..I don’t see him at South Carolina either, as they aren’t committed to winning anything.

Brad in Jasper

August 20th, 2009
10:12 am

Hard to see Fulmer leaving the Southeast Region (not SEC necessarily) with his background and ties, although he did recruit nationally at UT. Nutt was able swap schools in the SEC West, but even with a vacancy I don’t see him back in the SEC soon, esp. not in the East – though stranger things have happened.

Gatorzone

August 20th, 2009
10:14 am

UT will Bring back the big man. They will regret their current coaching choice

JoeV

August 20th, 2009
10:16 am

When Spurrier gets waxed by the SEC and Clemson again, he’ll bolt for the greener pastures of Augusta National. Then USuC can hire another washed up National Championship winning coach and ruin his career and legacy. That’s what they do best there. Its a coaching graveyard and Fulmer would be a perfect fit.

Ryan

August 20th, 2009
10:17 am

No athletic director is going to get close to the dirtiest coach in NCAA history, sport notwithstanding.

David

August 20th, 2009
10:19 am

The 1st thing he needs to do is lose a 100 lbs. He needs to call Ralph at Maryland to get some advice. After all the arrests at UT during the last few years, it showed he did not have control of the program. Each time Cutcliffe left UT, the offense struggled. I can’t see any major program taking a chance on him.

Bamafan

August 20th, 2009
10:19 am

Some of my bama friends may think I have lost my mind, but I hope Fulmer gets back in coaching and does well. I had a UT friend talk to about want Fulmer was trying to protect his home turf talking about Memphis recruiting and trying to stop Logan Young from buying football players to Alabama. I
know most Alabama fans hates Fulmer guts, but we need to move on and put this in the closet for good. Fulmer has done a lot of good thinks for people in Knoxville and the great state of Tennessee.

Brew

August 20th, 2009
10:25 am

Hope he does get another job. Maybe he’ll work a little harder at his next job because he won’t have the sense of entitlement or have built up enough “equity” (his word) he felt at UT.

Ron Mexico

August 20th, 2009
10:26 am

Florida State, when Bowden doesn’t leave and Fisher doesn’t stay.

Brew

August 20th, 2009
10:27 am

Ryan, my friend, you are so mistaken. The dirtiest coach in the NCAA did just get hired…at UK in basketball. However, this is a topic about Fulmer.

HURRA-CRANE

August 20th, 2009
10:30 am

I see Fulmer being the next coach at Georgia Tech. Yup. I said good ole Tech. Paul Johnson is a hack. He will not have the ability to surprise anyone with his High School offensive approach like he did last year. Johnson can’t recruit and fat Phil can. Write it down NERDS! Tech will go 5-7 this year and not sniff a bowl. Fat Phil will swoop and get Johnson on the road back to the ‘boro. Saint Simons, tell your wife I said hello!

Atlanta Gator

August 20th, 2009
10:35 am

Phil Fulmer was a Division I head coach for 17 seasons, all at Tennessee, his alma mater. His Volunteer teams won 152 of 204 games played (or almost 75%); only Steve Spurrier among SEC coaches had a higher winning percentage. His Vols played in 15 bowl games (including 3 BCS Bowls and 4 Citrus Bowls), and won 8; only 2 teams did not go bowling.

He was 11-6 against UGA, 11-5 against Alabama, and 5-12 against the Gators (more wins against Florida than any other coach during the same time). His Vols played in the SEC Championship game 4 times, and won twice. His 1998 team won the first BCS championship game. His record is even more remarkable because he was backed up behind the Evil Genius’ SEC-dominant Gators for 10 of his 17 years as coach.

Yeah, I think Fulmer can coach. He’s 58 years old. Only question is, does he still have the fire? I’ll let the coach speak for himself.

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athensdawg

August 20th, 2009
10:43 am

It will be interesting to see where the great pumpkin ends up. Somebody should at least snatch him up as an OL coach.

DawginLex

August 20th, 2009
10:45 am

Fulmer will coach again at the D-1 level. To think someone won’t hire him is foolish. I could see him at TAM. My bet is UVA after Groh goes 4-8 this year, they will be looking for a new coach.

LSU TIGER

August 20th, 2009
10:47 am

Maybe Curry will go back to Tech………I don’t think they bricks in windows at Tech, just dead fish at Catholic coach’s and players……all class over at the flats……..

Old Dawg

August 20th, 2009
10:48 am

I know it’s a long shot, but several former D-I coaches have coached on the high school level and enjoyed it. They don’t consider it a step down, rather a way to teach fundamental football and mentoring to youngsters. I know his high school team, Franklin County, TN, could use some help redeveloping the program.

Johnny Fontane

August 20th, 2009
10:57 am

Sitting at the same dinner table as Fulmer can be dangerous. Be careful reaching for a roll.

baconboy

August 20th, 2009
10:58 am

He might also be well served to go somewhere as a position coach or coordinator for few years and see how that goes. I’m thinking of what Dan McCarney has done at Florida after being a head coach that got let go. Sometimes you need to get in the trenches again before you can lead effectively. And since he spent his whole coaching career at Tennessee, it might also benefit him to see another program before he goes to take over another one.

won't be going

August 20th, 2009
10:59 am

Phil won’t be going back to UT, regardless of how poorly boycoach does, which figures to be poorly, indeed. First off, why would he go back to the same president and athletic director that fired him? Second, since when do a.d.’s and university president’s admit mistakes?
He’s articulate, fairly personable and seems to be a perfect fit on television. I mean, he actually has a distinguished record as a coach, unlike Corso, or the perpetual probation machine Holtz, who is the embodiment of all that the term d-bag implies. Just keep him out of the SEC and away from Cutcliffe. Those guys did a number on us more than we did them here in Athens.

dawgstephen

August 20th, 2009
11:03 am

I think he needs to coach again. He is a winner. I dont like Tennessee or Fulmer, but he didnt deserve to go out the way he did. Of course those who remember how he GOT the job at UT would say karma is a mean mean thing. I think he would do just fine somewhere else..maybe SC…haha

http://www.dawgstephen.blogspot.com

dawgstephen

August 20th, 2009
11:05 am

Atlanta gator….that is a great post. Very well done.

DublDawg

August 20th, 2009
11:06 am

Fulmer referred to his priest. Would that be a Catholic priest?

Maybe he will end up at Notre Dame to replace the unwashed fatboy that they have now. In the end, Notre Dame would probably be happier with a Catholic bigboy that cannot win than the one it has.

Otto

August 20th, 2009
11:06 am

Fulmer wants to be back in coaching? Does Cutcliff need an OL coach?

Tubby is a good coach if you can get Borges along with him to run the offense. They could be an ACC title contender but I don’t see it being a national power like Miami wants.

Miles

August 20th, 2009
11:09 am

Having alluded to his priet’s advice, maybe Fulmer will land at Notre Dame…

HH

August 20th, 2009
11:10 am

Ron Mexico: Florida State has Richt locked up. Poor old Phil will have to look elsewhere. Cheer up, UGA fans. Richt will take Willie with him, AND, maybe even Bozo.

Miles

August 20th, 2009
11:11 am

DublDawg…Sorry, I didn’t see your comment until mine had posted…I guess we’re on the same page…

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August 20th, 2009
11:13 am

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sact

August 20th, 2009
11:13 am

wish i could feel sorry for him,……..but i remember how he got the job and how he did in a pretty good coach, (that i didnt particularly like) while he was down……….so …………it comes around!!!! and …….texas a&m can afford and pay anyone they want………just watch

Miles

August 20th, 2009
11:14 am

Mr. Barnhart, any word on Jeff Bower? He’s in a similar situation to Fulmer. Any chance we’ll see him again as a head coach?

Rover

August 20th, 2009
11:19 am

Dude needs to lose 200 pounds. It would help him tremendously in life and in selling himself for a comeback.

mgoodr00

August 20th, 2009
11:21 am

I agree with the the above comment about Tuberville going back to his roots at Miami. I’m sure Jimmy Johnson would put in a good word. Matter of fact I wouldn’t be suprised to see Ed Orgeron end up in Miami as well. I would be suprised if Orgeron stays at Tennessee for more than two years. As for Fulmer I would be suprised if he doesn’t get back into coaching in some way. I also wonder if hasn’t been quietly mentioned by Jason Witten to Jerry Jones as a possible replacement for Wade Phillips in Dallas if things dont go right there.

Navigator

August 20th, 2009
11:25 am

He’ll never get a top assistant’s job after what he did to Johnny Majors, so it’s head coach or permanent retirement.

RxDawg

August 20th, 2009
11:27 am

Notre Dame is an interesting prediction…it makes a lot of sense too.

I agree he is too talented and proven to be talking on TV for long. I’ll make another prediction Miami.

that was funny about

August 20th, 2009
11:34 am

Johnson going back to middle georgia….If CPJ keeps beating uga, the orange guy could be wearing red and black! That would probably just kill BuLL!

EW

August 20th, 2009
11:34 am

Atlanta Gator, TB stated that UT played in 5 SEC title games…splitting hairs I know, but great post anyway. Nice to see that occasionally people want to talk football more than they want to act like five year olds.

Pitbull

August 20th, 2009
11:35 am

Depends on which “new young coach” craps out first. The one at Clemson, Auburn, Miss State, Southern Miss.

Or which established coach screws up royal: Central Florida, Miami, FSU, Arkansas, GT, Memphis, Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia , WVU all come to mind.

It will be somewhere in the SEC ACC area unless he gets a wild hair and takes Notre Dame. He would be one hell of a coach there if the fatter guy finally gives it up. How much longer can the ND people take him?

Da Coach

August 20th, 2009
11:38 am

I predict Phil Fulmer will wind up at Auburn. He’ll recruit well and set the table for the next coach, which he’ll already have on his staff. Think Allbarn fans will remember his UT record vs. Alabama? Chizik will be gone after two years with the closck starting after getting hammered again this year by Nick Satan and his gang of hoodlums.

Mirna from smyrna

August 20th, 2009
11:40 am

Fulmer put the knife in Jonny Majors while he was down and is doing the same to the Louisville coach right now. Don’t be suprised when he ends up there as an “advisor” by mid October if things go bad again in Louisville.

Villa Rica DAWG

August 20th, 2009
11:49 am

I still don’t understand why UT fired Fulmer. Granted, he sucked last year, but don’t you think he had paid his dues and deserved a chance to turn it back around???

polskidawg

August 20th, 2009
11:58 am

First off, the dirtiest college football coach was Barry Switzer, or Lou Holtz.

How about Georgia State University for the Pumpkin? Just kidding…

Kiffin Is A Bozo

August 20th, 2009
12:04 pm

I don’t know if he will coach again but I do know he is better than what they got in Knoxville right now.

LJ of UGA

August 20th, 2009
12:07 pm

His best bet would be to latch on at Duke. Check Fulmer’s W-L record when Cutcliffe was with him, vs. when he wasn’t.

ReptilesRule

August 20th, 2009
12:09 pm

Gee, whatever happened to all those Urban Meyer to Notre Dame rumors??? I don’t even hear Paul Pondscum trying to spuew that garbage anymore. What’s Mark Richts coaching staff (and a few others) to do???

Buck Strickland

August 20th, 2009
12:18 pm

IMO UT started to go down hill because they recruited too many “me” guys like Jabari Davis and ice man Clausen. I can’t believe bringing in a huckster like Kiffin is going to help much. I’d be very worried about the state of my football program if I were a UT grad.

Orangeskull

August 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

First and foremost, Fulmer was a great guy and gave Tennessee a lot of proud years. With that being said much of his deserved wins should and needs to go to Cutcliffe. He was the mastermind behind the Tennessee offense. But the game has passed both of them up. When it came down to the big plays to win or lose Fulmer had to make the call, and there is only so many time you can run up the middle.

In the past Fulmer also was able to bring in the big players. But with the other up and coming coaches in the SEC, that also ended. Fulmer was too set in his ways to continue in the SEC. I also find his remark that he wouldnt go to any school unless they were committed to winning championships kind of funny. What school is not committed to try and win?? And with that thought, that is why he is no longer with Tennessee. SEC schools demand perfection, and if you don’t perform your gone. Fulmer wanted to be the Jo-Pa of the SEC. Not going to happen. As the saying goes “what have you done for me lately?”

Good luck Coach, You will coach again, but it want be a school that counts. I hear Hawaii is looking.

JB

August 20th, 2009
12:36 pm

Clemson, Auburn, Tenn,Fla. St., LSU,Michigan will all have new coach’s within 3 years. also, maybe Tech. That is out of respect, not bashing. If Johnson wins 9 -10 games a year for the next two years, real money will come his way. I don’t see Tech paying him 4.5-5.0 mil selling 35,000 tickets, playing at noon on regional TV, no ticket premium fund and spliting crappy bowl game money. He will exit to a big stage. Hate it Jackets, but that WILL happen…..Success will kill the goose. Hell, he might end up in the SEC, where all REAL BIG TIME COACH’S ASPIRE TO BE.

CrazyVol

August 20th, 2009
12:38 pm

Fulmer had to go. Kiffin hmmmmm.. Just don’t know. Talks a good game, but can he back it up. Has everbody talking about UT football. I have seen more UT stories in the AJC this year then I have in the past 10 years with Fulmer. Same with ESPN. Will this pay off in recurits? Time will tell. People talk about how much he stunk in the NFL. Lets see I could name about 5 current coaches that had the same issue. Can’t hang with the million dollar cry babies so they come back to college for the pure game. Alabama, Ark, SC just to name a few. Am I ready to sing his praises, not quite yet. Lets just say it should be an intersting year and leave it at that.

To Fulmer. Good Luck, Find a young offensive coordinator that is cutting edge. You will need it.

Aggie Fan

August 20th, 2009
12:39 pm

A big-name coach like Fulmer is exactly what Texas A&M needs to get the program turned around.

Old School

August 20th, 2009
12:41 pm

Tony:

Fulmer’s legacy among Non-Tennessee fans will always be his back-stabbing of Coach Majors who is a very fine man.

Ed-Covington

August 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

Bull Gator, Atlanta Gator & Dawgstephen: Agree with you all.
UT will regret letting Fulmer go. Kiffin is an embarrassment to all of college football, and Chavis(?) is a better college DC than Monte. Don’t see any Derrick Brooks playing at UT.
UT fans who called for Fulmer’s head will get what they deserve. He was as a devoted UT man as there could be, having been there continually since his freshman year in Knoxville. What other coach could claim that? He was in the SEC championship game two years ago. He won a NC. What more do they want, and how many other schools would be estatic with that record?
Of course, this is the same school that ran off Bill Battle, who had lost like 5 games in three years.
Good luck, UT!

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
12:45 pm

Funny but nobody seemed to mention ND for Fulmer. If Weiss gets fired Fulmer would be a great fit there. He knows how to recruit nationwide, his teams would be physical and play power football the way ND fans think they should, and he would be a steady helmsman for probably 10 years.

As for Miami I think that if they don’t excel this year then Miami fires Shannon and Tubbs takes over. If that happens then watch out. Miami will emerge quickly as a national power under Tubberville. Since Tubberville owned Meyer and the gators things would also get a lot more interesting in the state of Florida.

Question??

August 20th, 2009
12:46 pm

Old School

What did Fulmer do to Majors?

Island Dawg

August 20th, 2009
12:47 pm

I’m just surprised he has a grandchild after seeing sideline shots of little pumpkins…Gross!!

Sam Robards, Dawg Fan

August 20th, 2009
12:48 pm

Who wants to bet that if Charlie Weis gets booted out at Notre Dame, Fulmer takes the job? Unlike Weis, Fulmer is a good coach. And with Fulmer’s experience recruiting nationally, he could actually bring ND outta the slump they’re in. And how funny would that be for Urban Meyer to see his “dream job” taken by the guy he beat up on for the last four years?

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

Question??,

When Johnny Majors had a heart attack and was in the hospital Fulmer lobbied the UT AD and some prominent alums for the UT job behind Major’s back. So they fired Majors since UT wasn’t doing very well and hired Fulmer. Johnny Majors to this day loves everything UT except for Phil Fulmer and 2 other UT people who I am assuming are probably the AD at that time and one booster who helped Fulmer get the job. And to think people call Fulmer a classy guy.

Ijust Cutwon

August 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

When Fulmer lied about being served a subpoena last year at Media Days, it was the beginning of the end for him.

Brew

August 20th, 2009
1:09 pm

Rising, you left out the fact that Majors refused to sign his contract over the summer trying to extort more money from UT and bitched long and hard about the contract to everybody. Fulmer went undefeated in Johnny’s absence and yes, UT bigwigs decided it was better to keep Fulmer than put up with Johnny. When Johnny saw the handwriting on the wall, he decided that contract wasn’t so bad and tried to sign it, but it was too late.

Mike Lum

August 20th, 2009
1:12 pm

Erk or Bill Curry didn’t back down when given the opportunity to build a start up program. Erk said it was a bigger achievement what he did at GA Southern than winning the natl title at UGA .

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
1:15 pm

Brew,

It doesn’t change the fact that Fulmer was lobbying for the man’s job while he was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack.

Another Dawg

August 20th, 2009
1:21 pm

I think Washington and ND would be good fits for Fullmer. UW ought to be a national program by the time their next coach gets done with them (this recent slide is just pathetic.) Notre Dame basically needs to be looking for a recruiter like Fullmer with strong national ties. He won’t be the guy to win ND a national title, but he’ll certainly get them back into BCS-relevance.

JaxDawg

August 20th, 2009
1:21 pm

Virginia or Miami seem likely as both coaches are definitely on the hotseat. Fulmer vs Beamer would energize the VA vs VA Tech game, and Fulmer’s national recruiting abilities could turn VA around quickly.

I think both Auburn and Tenn got caught up in the win now, win big hype and got rid of two very good and proven coaches. There’s no reason either coach couldn’t have gotten their respective teams back on track within a season or two. Now both programs are 4-5 yrs out at least and will most likely have to replace the coaches they just hired within that time frame.

how2fish

August 20th, 2009
1:25 pm

ANDY

August 20th, 2009
1:27 pm

I NEVER LIKE FULMER AFTER WHAT HE DID TO JOHNNY MAJORS. HE’S CERTAINLY NOT THE TYPE OF PERSON I WOULD WANT TO HAVE FOR A FRIEND!

jumbeauxtiger

August 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

Nice post Atlanta Gator.

Fulmer is a good coach and will be coaching again. It would not surprise to see him at A&M or in the ACC. I doubt he’ll ever coach in the SEC again but you never know.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

Ed-Covington

August 20th, 2009
1:29 pm

Doug Dickey, the UT AD during the Majors v. Fulmer affair, and Joe Johnson, the UT president were the main culprits in the situation. Investigation indicated that Dickey approached Fulmer and asked if he was interested in the job. It was Fulmer’s dream job, what was he supposed to say, “NO”? Then Dickey suggested to Fulmer that he needed to win over some influential boosters. Fulmer understood from the conversation with Dickey that Majors was already out; Dickey even implied that Majors was going to resign due to his health. Fulmer was as surprised as anyone to find out that Dickey and Johnson had used him as a lever to remove Majors; who was in a contract dispute with UT at the time. BTW, Dickey was aa ex Gator head coach. UT fans are rabid; there’s a reason there’s a 105,000 seat stadiun in, of all places, Knoxville, Tenn.

PaulC

August 20th, 2009
1:31 pm

Most of you people are idiots. Fulmer was an abject failure without Rodney Garner, and even worse without David Cutcliffe. It’s easy to win championships when you play against chumps like Ray Goff, Mike Dubose, Gerry Dinardo, and Tommy Bowden, not so against the current crop of coaches, and that’s why he had to go. Enter Lane Kiffin. Assembles a far superior to staff, hauls in a top 10 recruiting class, fires up the fan base, opens up competition at all positions (except E. Berry) and is not afraid (like Fulmer was) to talk smack to his opponents. VOL fans LOVE the fact that Kiffin is hated and people want to beat us worse than ever. Tennesse was becoming an irrelevant place for College Football under Philtard. If you counldn’t see that you either weren’t paying attention or you’re just an idiot.

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
1:37 pm

Ijustcutwon,

Fulmer has a history of being dishonest and lying about things. A lot of Alabama fans hate him because he turned in Bama for 2 boosters cheating in the early 2000s. Most of us don’t have a problem with the school being punished and for the 2 boosters who were blatantly trying to buy players.

What we did have a problem with is that Fulmer was behind the whole thing. He basically helped the sec and ncaa nail Bama in exchange for letting UT off the hook since UT boosters were also implicated in trying to buy the same high school player. Fulmer himself lined up 11 UT people including private eyes to dig up dirt all as “secret witnesses”.

The main person who helped Fulmer against Alabama was recruiting analyst Tom Culpepper, who was promised a job by Fulmer as UTs recruiting coordinator in exchange for helping dig up dirt. Culpepper never got the job and it was later proven in court documents and depositions that he either he or Fulmer were both lying part of the time or all of the time since their testimonies directly contradicted each other. The bottom line though is that according to all the documents revealed that the NCAA didn’t want revealed its plainly obvious that Fulmer was lying at least some of the time.

Fulmer also pressured a player Kenny Smith who transferred from Bama to UT into saying that Bama offered him illegal inducements. He put such pressure on the kid that he went along with it. Later he left UT and in an interview with ESPN he stated that Bama recruited him cleanly. He went along with what Fulmer told him to say because Fulmer had put such pressure on him that he was scared. He quit and left school over the whole matter.

Fulmer also fabricated a story to the NCAA in what he thought was “secret testimony” and would stay secret that Kenny Smith’s mother was having an affair with an Alabama assistant coach. After Smith left school and later on after these documents were revealed his mother then sued Fulmer for defamation of character since the accusation was without merit.

Fulmer did a great job in public of putting on airs about being such a classy guy. In my estimation he is anything but.

Don Barzini

August 20th, 2009
1:42 pm

Maybe he could go to Clemson when Dabo craps out….that way, he wouldn’t have to change his wardrobe.

Bama Aaron

August 20th, 2009
1:44 pm

All I know that Karma does in deed bite and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if he never coached again.

PaulC

August 20th, 2009
1:45 pm

And Bama fans: Fulmer was indeed a subpar coach compared to Saban, Meyer, et al, but he DID turn your lying, cheating, no good butts into the NCAA (as did Spurrier) and you clowns were BUSTED for all the crap you pulled (and still continue, btw) in Memphis. Just because Phatlock got you busted doesn’t mean you didn’t deserve it because you most certainly did.

John

August 20th, 2009
1:45 pm

Fulmer got fired because he went 5-6 in 2005 and 5-7 in 2008. Tennessee football had become stagnant and you cant have two loosing seasons in that short of a timespan at Tennessee. When you look at the two seasons they were when he was without David Cutcliffe the brains of the program. When Fulmer lost Cutcliffe he lost his job. Simple as that Cutcliffe was the man behind Tennessee’s success.

BAMA MAN

August 20th, 2009
1:45 pm

The reason Fat Phil turn in Ala for recuited all those good Memphis football player was Logan Young was willing to part with the money and The Tennessee Stud was to cheap to pay for them even if they did in his HOT TUB with him!

Old School

August 20th, 2009
1:49 pm

Tide Rising

When Fulmer was recruiting Tennessee native Santonio Beard, Santonio informed Coach Fulmer that he intended to sign with Alabama. Fulmer replied that “Alabama will be out of business soon”.

I agree about Fulmer doing a great job in public of putting on airs about being such a classy guy. Away from the media I wonder.

JoeV

August 20th, 2009
1:50 pm

PaulC,

what the heck are talking about? The only time Fulmer played Tommy Bowden he and his Vols got their clocks cleaned in the Peach Bowl?

Native

August 20th, 2009
1:53 pm

Fulmer and the subpenea at Media Days is not what started it. Fulmer was on the hot seat before Cutcliff returned. Cutcliffe saved Fulmer’s job but UT did not win an SEC title or beat Florida. Clutcliffe leaves and UT returns to fighting for 3rd in the East. Keep in mind UT’s record against UF is not much better than UGA’s. It does not fly in Knoxville.

Tubberville did not get along with Auburn for long. Borges saved Tubby from getting fired earlier and won Tubby’s only SEC title. Borges for whatever reason is run out (my guess would be boosters as Tubby and Borges are still friendly) The coaching staff as Franklin has said became more and more divided with people not talking to each other. It eventually imploded. The coaching staff at Auburn now is a much more unified staff. Tommy is a good coach as long as you have a good OC that he trusts.

PaulC

August 20th, 2009
1:57 pm

Joe, I meant Terry Bowden. A little insight on your part would have probably alerted you that is who I was referring to. And getting beat by Tommy Bowden’s unranked team was yet another reason why he was a lousy coach.

Native

August 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

PaulC, We’ll see how the VOLS fans like BoyBlunder when Urban makes the last trip to the swamp (59-20) look gentle. Saban and CMR don’t really care for him either. Chizik will be in Auburn longer than Lane is in Knoxville.

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
2:00 pm

PaulC,

Perhaps you need to read my post again. I acknowledged that we had 2 boosters who were trying to buy a player in Memphis Albert Means. I’ve no problem with the boosters being disassociated and Bama being put on probation.

But as the 2 high school coaches who were trying to auction the kid to the highest bidder reveal Bama wasn’t the only school who had boosters bidding for this kid. They flat out said that boosters from UT, Ark, Mich State, and 2 other schools I can’t remember who were also bidding to try and steer the kid to their respective schools. UT was clearly implicated as well by both high school coaches. The ncaa simply brushed it under the rug in exchange for getting one program like Alabama and hitting us especially hard to make a point. Going after 5 schools in 5 separate investigations would have been just too much and so they just made Alabama the target.

Also PaulC, since you just made the accusation that we are cheating again in Memphis then please provide the proof and I’ll wire you $1,000. All you have to do is provide the proof. You can do that can’t you?

observor

August 20th, 2009
2:03 pm

Does Barnhart ever read or reply to his blog at all? People have valid questions for him and he completely ignores them. Barnhart, you are simply a lazy drive by blogger.

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JoeV

August 20th, 2009
2:07 pm

Sorry Paul, I didn’t know I was supposed to “just know” whom you are speaking of when you clearly typed Tommy.

I agree he was a lousy coach. He got beat by an even more inferior coach that night.

Ed

August 20th, 2009
2:17 pm

I don’t know what happened during the last few seasons in Knoxville, but I saw enough of Fulmer over the years to know the man can coach. He’ll find a job.

Fulmer might want to reconsider going to a program that needs rebuilding. Erk Russell started from scratch at a similar age, and his status as legend was only enhanced by GSU’s success.

Matt

August 20th, 2009
2:18 pm

I’ve always liked Fulmer as a person and always thought he was a good coach. I’m sure he’ll find a coaching job somewhere. Class act in my book.

Ed

August 20th, 2009
2:21 pm

Fulmer’s a good old boy, so schools like Louisville, Texas A&M and South Carolina would be good fits. If he wants to stay in the SEC, this might be Spurrier’s swan song at SC unless he can finally figure out how to win over there. I don’t think the faithful will take kindly to another 5 or 6 loss season.

Gen Neyland

August 20th, 2009
2:33 pm

Tide Rising : Sorry old buddy, but whenever I hear a Red Elephant bashing an alleged mis-doer, I gotta smile…

Ed-Covington

August 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

AJC just posted an article about GT playing 3 basketball games in Canada. I’m a GT man, but isn’t this just handing dawg fans more fodder for their blogs? I can hear it now: “Oh, Canada…..”

PaulC

August 20th, 2009
2:46 pm

Native,

Again we could care less who likes Kiffin and who doesn’t. Most Vol fans expect a beating at Florida given the subpar talent Fulmer left Kiffin. It’s called realism and letting your coach get his recruits into his system. There is nothing to indicate Kiffin and his staff don’t know what they are doing or are in over their heads. We’ll gladly take any beating coming to us in year one and two in exchange for handing out beatings down the road. Keep deluding yourself in believing Kiffin & Co. are not capable coaches.

Joe, sorry for being so short with you. Tide Rising, you Bammers are completely oblivious to what a corrupt program you run. Was it Fulmer’s fault when you got put on probabtion in ‘95 too? You people need to realize there is a problem down there that goes beyond Logan Young.

PaulC

August 20th, 2009
3:06 pm

Joe,

sorry for being so short with you. I still meant everything I said last night, please call me!

PaulC

August 20th, 2009
3:07 pm

Heh, good one PaulC.

Toot of the Whistle

August 20th, 2009
3:13 pm

Ed-Covigton,
I don’t expect dogs will be wanting to bring up basketball this year.

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
3:14 pm

General,

I got no problem with UT, just Fulmer. He’s a good coach but I think he is dishonest.

PaulC,

I think I’ve already acknowledged not once but twice that we had a problem with boosters buying players and obviously the program needed cleaning up. For some reason you simply refuse to likewise acknowledge that the 2 high school coaches who were auctioning the high school player also implicated Tennessee boosters as doing some bidding of their own. They are on public record as saying so. Perhaps you needed to do a little cleaning up of your own.

As for your baseless accusation that we’re still cheating in Memphis I’m still patiently awaiting your proof. Surely you wouldn’t just make up baseless accusations out of thin air without any evidence?

Monvol

August 20th, 2009
3:35 pm

Rising, I think what Paul is referring to is the illegal “bump” that Keiwon Malone spilled to the press after he committed to Bam-uh. You know, the one where Malone’s coach rushed in from the bank to correct him.
“Uh, Saban wasn’t there. It was, uh, somebody else. And it wasn’t illegal, it was, uh, well, a guy that looked like Saban wearing Bama gear was driving down the hallway, uh the road…he wasn’t walking down the hallway, let me be clear. And Keiwon didn’t see him anyway. Somebody told him that Saban was in the hallway, uh, road…driving down the road. I’ll speak with Keiwon about all this. He didn’t see what he thought someone else saw.”
It’s all on the record.

sec media days

August 20th, 2009
3:37 pm

Didnt fulmer get served by a lawyer last year and then turn around at a press conference less than an hour later and lie and say he didn’t get served? And Fulmer skipped media days a couple years ago to avoid coming to alabammer cause he was skeered he would get served. THink he got fined for that for missing media days. Look like Phil is not only a liar but is a coward too.

Gator Growl

August 20th, 2009
3:41 pm

PaulC….Florida is not the only one thats gonna put a whippin on your boy Kiffey the Klown. I don’t think Saban, Richt, or Spurrier are too happy with him either. Better get used to getting your butt whipped or maybe after last season you already are. BTW, advice to the Bozo…I wouldn’t stand too close to the sidelines on Sept 19th…

Tide rising

August 20th, 2009
3:42 pm

Monvol,

Sorry dude but that was all looked into. They never made contact and this was confirmed when the SEC looked into it.

But suppose for the sake of argument you were right. An illegal bump would be an unintentional secondary violation. You know, the kind that Lane Kiffin keeps making over and over. In any event if the best you can come up with is an “alleged” secondary minor violation then you are really,really reaching.

Native

August 20th, 2009
3:48 pm

Paul, I didn’t say you or any UT fan cares what other school think of him just that once the season starts how many will be loyal and how will recruiting go once the beat downs begin. What have the Kiffins done to prove they are up for the job. Lane came out of a program that is under investigation, most USC fan don’tmiss him claiming he only continued what Chow started and then lost to UCLA. When did Monte last coach in CFB and how many good NFL coaches have won in CFB? NFL coaches have scale down the scheme for CFB due to fewer practices and players changing year after year. I suspect in a few years we will be revisiting this topic. Hope you are around then.

Monvol

August 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

Yes, Rising, it was all swept away nicely. Keiwone didn’t really talk to Saban…it was a cardboard cutout. Or he didn’t really talk very long. Whatever. It’s a little more serious than t-ping a bunch of trees or using a fog machine. The runners you’re NOT using, repeat NOT using in Memphis don’t know anything about it. Same as it ever was.

Cuz

August 20th, 2009
3:56 pm

Wherever Fulmer winds up me and General Neyland are going to open up a Dunkin Doughnuts franchise.

Tide rising

August 20th, 2009
4:00 pm

Monvol,

As I said. If the violation that you “allleged” actually happened(which it didn’t) then it still qualifies as a secondary violation which is meaningless. What is it about that which you still don’t seem to understand? Kiffin committs these secondary violations every time he opens his mouth like when he called out Urban Meyer and accused him of cheating. It doesn’t matter. Its secondary.

Tide rising

August 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

Cuz,

If you do open that dunkin doughnuts wherever phat Phil goes you’re sure to make millions.

Pago Flyer

August 20th, 2009
4:07 pm

Actually, Michigan may be looking for a new coach in 2-3 years.

Otto

August 20th, 2009
4:25 pm

Cuz, A Cracker Barrel would not be a bad idea either hmmm….

Cuz

August 20th, 2009
4:36 pm

Otto and Tide, do you know what is Phat Phil’s favorite pizza, I mean look at what a stimulus to the Fast Food economy for whatever college town lands Phil Phulmer.

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
4:42 pm

Cuz,

His favorite pizza? Did you misspeak? It seems like the more relevant question would be what are his favorite 10 pizzas? With that in mind are going to open up a pizza parlor next to the dunkin doughnuts. Just imagine. If you opened a dunkin doughnuts you could have his business in the morning and with a cracker barrel as otto says and a pizza parlor you could have him right back for lunch and dinner. Something tells me you’re going to be a very wealthy man.

Island Dawg

August 20th, 2009
4:45 pm

Phil is a mediocre coach. I know he owned UGA for a long time but that was with our crappy coaches and his great assistants. If anyone deserves to be on the short list at a BCS school it’s Tubs. The Barners are going to want to kill Lowder by the end of the ‘10 season. Don’t really get either firing, but Tubs’ seems more egregious.

Tide Rising

August 20th, 2009
5:07 pm

Island dawg,

Lowder resigned from the board of trustees and also resigned from his ceo position at Colonial bank several months ago. Apparently he saw what was coming down the road. and last week colonial bank holding group declared bankruptcy or a probe was opened up by the feds on his bank. I can’t remember which of those 2 happened but it was really bad. He started withdrawing from the public eye months ago with this stuff about to be coming down regarding his bank.

Auburn may be going through a transition year but the best thing that’s happened to them this year is Lowder getting completely out of the picture. Good for Auburn.

Sammy Jones

August 20th, 2009
5:20 pm

Thats it Phil. You keep dreaming big!!

See it hear first

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CGzIME5e70

calvin

August 20th, 2009
6:00 pm

Where is the home office for Krispy Kreme?

Hugedawgfan

August 20th, 2009
7:43 pm

TB, do you think Fulmer would be interested in a DC role, say at UGA especially if Martinez tanks again this year?

REBill

August 20th, 2009
8:08 pm

MEMPHIS STATE might give him a call…especially after the OLE MISS game…HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!

Phat Phil

August 20th, 2009
9:00 pm

Calvin,

I like krispy kreme too. DUnkin dounuts is a northern chain. KK is a southern chain. It shall be kk doughnuts for me!!!!

Doughnut police with bullhorn

August 20th, 2009
9:04 pm

Coach Fulmer,

Take the doughnut out of yo mouth and put it down. This is an order. Step away from the doughnut box coach fulmer.

Your punishment: Steve Spurrier gets to taunt you every day for the rest of your life!

Walker

August 20th, 2009
10:34 pm

Hugedawgfan- Do you smoke crack? Fat Phil specialty is Oline and offense. Why would an ex head coach with a huge ego become a DC at a rival School???

Phat Phil

August 20th, 2009
11:14 pm

Walker,

Don’t you worry about what I can and can’t coach. Not only can I whup your butt in a doughnut eating contest but I’ll whup youi in a hot dog eating contest as well.

FulmerNow

August 20th, 2009
11:20 pm

I heard that Fulmer’s hoping for the Notre Dame job if Weis gets fired this year, which is possible, but wants a minimum deal of $4 mil per year. That sounds high.

Phat Phil

August 20th, 2009
11:27 pm

FulmerNow,

It is a distinct possibility of me going to ND. Now shut up and get me a doughnut. Correction. Make that a dozen doughnuts.

Denver Dog

August 21st, 2009
12:09 am

If he wants to coach there will be plenty of spots. It is not like he has to go far, and it is not like he doesn’t have a resume. Heck Petrino got the Hogs job, there will be something for him, if he wants it.

He gave alot to UT, and made them a contender year in and year out. Heck against us, he was as dominant as DarkVisor for a while, and his teams were always ready to play. His teams competed and he and his staff had a good record.

Times changed, he needed a ball of fire recruiter, and after he lost Rodney, he never was the same.

Good luck to a good coach. I will always remember his daughter by his side, and that says alot right there.

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Jake

August 21st, 2009
6:26 am

Fulmer’s data speaks for it’s self.

Large Orange

August 21st, 2009
7:20 am

Whichever schools gets Fulmer better be prepared to “work like heck” and “watch a lot of game film to see where we messed up”. I am a true orange-blooded Vol fan and always supported CPF. However, it was time for him to go. The program had been headed south for many years in many aspects. A lot of you nay-sayers are so wrong about Kiffin. Trust me, when he sticks a hob-nail boot up UGA’s butt this year, everyone will be taking notice of the Boy Wonder. I am calling for an 8-4, possibly 9-3 season for the Vols this year. The Vols are back, mark it down. CPF needs to kick back and count his millions UT gave him to leave. We will always love you Fulmer. Just don’t want to see you on the UT sidelines again with all the clapping and pulling your hat over your eyes! Go Vols

Mark

August 21st, 2009
7:50 am

Paul C – you are misinterpreting the reaction to Kiffi – he is not hated, he is just an immature, self-obsessed idiot and everyone is laughing at him. All the rabid vol fans will be calling for his head inside a year.

gatordowneast

August 21st, 2009
8:34 am

Two thoughts as to where Fulmer ends up. First thought is when Lame Kiffen implodes (and only question is when not if), UT may pull a Kansas State and welcome the old coach back with open arms and be happy to have him this time.

Second option is if the Quincy’s Restaurant chain revives the John Madden BBQ Rib commercial where Madden really “gets his face into it”. Fulmer would be perfect as a stand in for Madden in SEC markets. The boy can eat some BBQ.

Otto

August 21st, 2009
9:27 am

Jake, Yes Fulmer’s data speaks for it’s self. Just look at the downward spiral without Cutcliffe.

Mark, Exactly

Gatordowneast, UT isn’t taking him back.

Otto

August 21st, 2009
9:32 am

Denver Dog, Petrino also went out of CFB a winner and stepped into a mess in Atlanta. The only question I have is why did Petrino take a job with a history of mediocrity at best with a star QB who had been a problem and did not play his style of offense? The Petrino hire was a good move on Arkansas’ part.

Macon

August 21st, 2009
10:15 am

Dont know the football coaching situation at Memphis, but that would seem like a pretty good fit for Fulmer.

He’d still be coaching for another program in the state of Tenn, where, of course, he has lots of recognition, and would get lots of statewide fan support because Memphis and UT are not really state rivals. Kind of like how GA fans became big Ga Southern fans when Erk left GA to go to Statesboro.

Plus, if Fulmer is recruiting from Memphis, its even easier to go to the states of Ark, Miss, Ky, and Alabama to get recruits, which wont be helpful for teams that compete with UT in the SEC…like KY, Ole Miss, Miss State, Ark, Ky, etc.

If Fulmer went to Memphis, it would seem to be a really strong Win-Win scenario for U of Tennessee, Memphis, and the whole state of Tenn.

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Chris F

August 23rd, 2009
3:36 am

PaulC, You really need to check yourself. If you think for one second that Bama is any more dishonest than any other program in the country then you are sadly mistaken. Saban has been cleaning things up since he got here while just about every other team still does the same thing. Meyer and Saban don’t have to cheat to get good players, they run straight to them. Alabama was one of the few teams that actually got caught and they have paid for it. What about the other 100+ teams that have cheated? Go screw yourself.

Show some facts and proof or shut up.

Adam Buckles

August 24th, 2009
3:00 am

If Auburn would have hired Fulmer they would have done it this year. Yes Fulmer has a good record against the Tide, so did Tubberville. Plus Fulmer does not post a good record vs Saban.

VolFan14

August 26th, 2009
5:14 pm

I am a fan of Phil and respect everything hes done at UT and college football but Tennessee did not make a mistake in replaceing him. It was time to go, his style just doesnt translate in the college game anymore, especially in the SEC. Its a new day in Knoxville. No, we are not a Championship team right now but if you follow UT football, then you know Kiffin and company are gonna surprise the college football world! Good luck too Coach Fulmer and GO VOLS!!

Buddy Cobb

August 30th, 2009
8:27 am

I see Fulmer at Clemson after Dabo’s debacle. I see Tommy Bowden at Louisville.

Rick Smith

August 31st, 2009
12:37 pm

I cannot believe all of the sob stories for Johnny Majors. He was a drunken sot and got what he deserved. The President of the Univ told him to recover from his med problems and he basically ignored him. His arrogance and stupidity is what got him fired. Fulmer was just the interim coach and was not a back stabber. Perhaps you that think this way should get your facts straight before smearing Phil this way. Fromm someone familiar with UT Athletics. The Tom Elam Family.

LoelGator

September 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm

Fulmers brain has too much orange in it to be a decent coach anywhere else and he was only barely decent at Tennessee. He certainly had to depend on help from other schools beating each other for Tennessee to occasionly top them

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david perry

September 4th, 2009
11:20 pm

Phil hired a OC and I thought it would take a couple years to get going. He didn’t get it. Magybe it was just time. He is a good man I think. Could be Tennessee’s time nexted.

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Wow

October 16th, 2009
4:21 pm

You people talking about TAMU getting Fulmer to replace Sherman are idiots. Fulmer is washed up, and Sherman is playing a bunch of freshman and sophmores…….Give the guy a chance for god’s sake!

Will

October 17th, 2009
7:40 am

Fulmer is an excellent, highly regarded HFC throughout the South and not just in the SEC. I could see him going to North Carolina State;O’Brien took over the Wolfpack, coming down from Boston College and has not been performing as hoped. NC State is a major southern school, next door to his beloved Tennessee. As Butch is rebuilding Carolina nicely, I can see NC State begin to look around for another HFC to compete against him. Then there is the matter of Spurrier hanging it up at the end of the year. and at age 62 that may be likely. South Carolina may be a good fit for Fulmer.

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