Tag:Phil Fulmer
Posted on: August 23, 2011 5:28 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 5:29 pm

Michigan bids farewell to WR Je'Ron Stokes

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The wide receiving corps at Michigan got a little thinner on Tuesday as junior wideout Je'Ron Stokes was granted his release from the football program, according to a spokesperson.

Stokes was a highly-regarded transfer from Tennessee who left the Volunteers when Phil Fulmer was fired, but his recruiting hype failed to translate into significant production on the field; Stokes had just one catch for 11 yards in all of the 2010 season (against Iowa, to be precise), and his 2009 campaign (two catches, 16 yards, all in the Delaware State game) was scarcely better.

Stokes' departure comes on the heels of fellow WR Darryl Stonum being suspended for the whole 2011 season by new head coach Brady Hoke, so after the top three wide receivers (Martavious Odoms, Roy Roundtree, Junior Hemingway), there isn't a whole lot of depth in the receiver corps right now. If Stokes is leaving this late in the process (rather than, say, spring or summer), though, it's probably the case that he wasn't in line to get much playing time, so his departure shouldn't be enough to make Michigan fans panic.

This, for the record, is the second departure from Michigan in as many days. Freshman offensive lineman Tony Posada departed on Monday, and while this doesn't exactly equate an exodus from Ann Arbor or any other major cause for concern, mgoblog correctly notes that it does mean there'll be something like 57 returning scholarship players next season for the Wolverines. Again, not terrible, but it does mean Michigan's going to need to hit its quota of 25 scholarships in the next recruiting class, then find a few more scholarship players (grayshirts, walk-ons, what have you) to get back to the 85 scholarship limit.
Posted on: July 8, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2011 12:55 pm

Tennessee hasn't interviewed anybody for AD job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ever since Mike Hamilton stepped down as Tennessee's athletic director, there hasn't been a shortage of rumors about who would be replacing him. Phillip Fulmer's name has come up, even if Fulmer doesn't think he has a chance to land the job, and even former Vols quarterback Heath Shuler has been mentioned as a possibliity.

Well, according to the school's chairman of the University Athletics Board, Daniel Murphy, those rumors are just that: rumors. Murphy said the school hasn't interviewed a single person.

"People want to say, 'This person's out, this person's in.' None of that's happened," Murphy told the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

"We've hired a search firm, and we're in the exploration phase. No decisions have been made on anybody. Nobody has been interviewed. You have to go through a very diligent process."

Bryan is a member of the five-person seach committee that Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek put together along with interim athletic director Joan Cronan. The school has also hired Parker Executive Search to help find a replacement for Hamilton.

While Jimmy Cheek said he'd like to find a replacement for Hamilton within six to eight weeks after Hamilton stepped down in June, the school doesn't seem to be in any rush to stick with that timeframe. While Tennessee would like to have somebody in place before the football season, it's not going to rush the process. 

Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:19 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 1:25 pm

Heath Shuler won't address Tennessee AD job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler is currently a North Carolina congressman, but earlier this week a radio host in Knoxville, Tony Basilio, reported that Shuler was interested in the open athletic director's spot at his alma mater.

Shuler addressed the report Thursday during a visit to a local Boys and Girls Club for breakfast in Union City, Tenn.

“Right now I’m focused on the job at hand and the issues that our nation is facing,” Shuler told The (Union City) Messenger. “It’s very flattering that my name has been mentioned, but today I’m focused on talking to these kids.

“My blood runs orange. There is a family atmosphere at the university that is special. It’s something that you don’t see at a lot of other places. I’ll always be a part of the UT family, and that’s something the good Lord has blessed me with.”

This is the part where Tennessee fans and alumni in favor of Shuler taking the job will point out that "he didn't say he doesn't want the job!" Still, what will matter more than whether Shuler has legitimate interest in the gig is whether Tennessee is interested in Shuler.

While Shuler may have attended Tennessee and played football there, that doesn't change the fact he has no experience as an athletic director. Given the current situation in Knoxville with the NCAA snooping around both the football and basketball programs, the school will likely be more inclined to hire somebody who has a lot of experience running an athletic department.

Something that Shuler's former coach Phil Fulmer seemed to understand when he expressed his interest in the job but also acknowledged that he wasn't likely to get it

Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:03 pm

Fulmer doesn't think he'll get AD job

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee has named Joan Cronan as its interim athletic director following the resignation of Mike Hamilton, but that doesn't mean the search for a full-time replacement has ended. As you'd expect, one name that comes up pretty often as a candidate is former coach Phil Fulmer. Fulmer himself has let it be known that he'd be interested in the job, but just because he's interested that doesn't mean he likes his chances.

Fulmer admitted as much while attending a charity golf tournament this week in Tennessee.

“I don’t think I’ll be one of the guys they’ll even consider,’’ Fulmer told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Because they’re probably looking for a sitting athletic director, more than likely.

“And that’s good. That’s no problem. I’m just interested to see who it’s going to be.’’ 

Fulmer's logic is hard to argue with. Yes, he may still be a sentimental favorite amongst Tennessee fans, but just because he's won a national championship at Tennessee doesn't mean he's the most attractive candidate to run the entire athletic department. Besides, if any former Tennessee head coach should become an athletic director, it should be Lane Kiffin.

Imagine the fun we'd all have with that. 

Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:23 pm

Joan Cronan named interim AD at Tennessee

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee announced on Thursday that Joan Cronan will serve as the school's interim Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director following the recent resignation of Mike Hamilton at the school. Cronan has served as the school's director of women's athletics at Tennessee since the 1983-84 season.

"Joan Cronan epitomizes the Volunteer spirit," said Tennessee's Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek in a statement. "She has been a vital part of Tennessee Athletics for thirty years and will provide proven leadership during our transitional period. I appreciate her willingness to assume this responsibility."

"I am humbled and honored by this opportunity, and I greatly appreciate the chancellor’s faith in me," said Cronan. "This is an exciting time for Tennessee Athletics, as we have a great team of coaches, staff, and student-athletes. It has been a tremendous honor to serve this university for thirty years, and I am grateful for the chance to play an integral role in helping shape the bright future of Tennessee Athletics."

There was no mention in the release of when Tennessee hopes to have a new, permanant athletic director in place, nor was there any mention of whom they'd like it to be. Though Phil Fulmer is available.

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