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Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:51 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

When Tennessee announced that athletic director Mike Hamilton would be resigning, many Volunteer fans were happy to see him depart. After all, Hamilton's reign will forever be remembered for the Bruce Pearl violations and the disastrous Lane Kiffin project. Kiffin, of course was brought in after Hamilton fired beloved head coach Phillip Fulmer. After Hamilton's resignation, Fulmer's name has repeatedly come up as a possibility for his replacement. On Wednesday Fulmer spoke to Chris Low, of, and weighed in on the job opening.
"What I want is what's best for my university," Fulmer said. "I'll spend my time over these next few days trying to figure out what that is and whether this is something that's real for me to be able to do, both from a professional and a personal standpoint.

"We'll see what the feelings are of the people there at the university and the decision-makers, and that's simply where we are right now. I'm not politicking for the job, and I don't need a job. But if I can help my university, I'm interested in doing that any way I can."
One of Fulmer's most recent posts was a college football analyst here at CBS Sports. He clearly still has a passion for the school, and could be the perfect figurehead to lead the Volunteers out of this "dark age." Fulmer went on to compliment the work of head coach Derek Dooley, as well as speak highly of the new university administration. The idea of Fulmer as an AD is far from novel, and I expect this possibility to build momentum in the coming weeks.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:52 pm

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

He didnt promote and atmosphere of compliance.  That is not small violation.  Check your illusion that Kiffin is some saint.  Vol nation were not happy about the hire until we found out his dad was coming.  Who wouldnt want to play for his dad.  But they are 2 seperate people obviously.  One will go down as one of the greatest defensive minds in the NFL.  The other will be a lying sack of crap with only you defending him.  Go hang at the gaybar, you will probably see kiffin there. Only a matter of time before his hot wife leaves him.  And as for USC, Kiffin worked for Carroll at USC during the time everything happened back in 04.  He is part of the coverup and one of the main implicators of the whole freakin thing!!! I cant believe USC would even hire the guy given they think they are so freakin above everyone.  Only to choke when it matters.  So now USC fans have ZERO to brag about.  Their program has gone up in smoke and now will be competeing for last with Washington st.  You truly are an idiot lumpoco. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:22 pm

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Fulmer is not "Mr. Clean" by any stretch.  The entire conference needs cleaning, and he is from the wrong era to expect any national media's acceptance as anything, but an attempt at doing whatever it takes to get back to the "glory days," if in fact that term has been defined lately.

Summit, on the other hand, has been wildly successful and clean in spite of the shenanigans of recent and not so recent past by the power brokers of football and basketball in Knox County.  If not, Summit from the home team, then another variation of Dooley and Martin at the
AD level.

Crumley from GA fits the mold, but the likely choice, from a marketing perspective, will be from out of conference.  The AD choice will be telling as to whether the recent HC choices were for quick image fixes only. 

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:24 am

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

I've said it for over a year we need someone in the AD job at UT that knows Sports. He brought us the National Title. He's a business man too Philip Fulmer is a perfect Fit for the University of Tennesseek no need to do al National Search for a PD he's right under your nose.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:57 am

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Lane Kiffin cheated like a wildman at UT. He and his bagman, Ed Orgeron, then returned to the scene of the Bush crime at USC where they were active participants.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:20 am

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

Alright, another opportunity for Fat Phil to go after Alabama and be a secret witness

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:36 am

Two words.....


Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:06 am

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

The problem with Lane Kiffin is that he has yet to prove anything.  He was a risky hire as a head coach.  Many coordinators (e.g., Charlie Weis) have had limited success as head coaches.  Sometimes an assistant coach is a marvelous hire (e.g., Lloyd Carr), but it is risky -- because you don't know yet how he will do as a head coach.  There is a tremendous difference.  Everything rides on the shoulders of the man at the top.

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:35 am
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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:40 am

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

you, my friend, are an idiot ( except for being correct about Pete Carroll ) Who could possibly be the " they " that heavily prusued Kiffin ? Mike Hamilton, the person who singlehandily destroyed the entire UT Athelitc Dept. Case closed.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:27 am

Fulmer open to discussing Tennessee AD job

I'm not a fan of Lane Kiffin but I don't see why many are so tough on him. No one was forced to hire him. In fact, they heavily pursued him. He might have been a bit outspoken and critical at times, but he has not done as much wrong doing as one would believe. Basically, he contacted potential recruits more than he should have, but the same can be said for other colleges head coaches and they have not been punished for it. Did he break any major college regulations? No...he did not! Because if he did then the Tennessee football program would be heavily sanctioned as well as Lane Kiffin. Yes, USC is getting punished but it's due to the "great" work of Pete Carroll and is no way related to anything Lane Kiffin has done as a head chaoch in college football.

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