Vols bring back Phil Fulmer as special adviser to Tennessee president

Phillip Fulmer is back at Tennessee.

The school announced Tuesday that Fulmer will serve as a special adviser to the president for community, athletics and university relations. Fulmer will basically be an ambassador at community and athletic events.

"This is a special opportunity for me. I've had the chance to work with [Tennessee president] Dr. [Joe] DiPietro for a couple of years in a volunteer capacity, and I was excited when he approached me with this position," Fulmer said via a release from the school. "I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university."

Fulmer had been in the running for Tennessee's athletic director position when it was open, but the job ended up going to John Currie.

The former national championship-winning coach has been a part of Tennessee football for a long time. His first year in Knoxville was in 1968 when Fulmer was an offensive lineman on the team. He then became an assistant coach at Tennessee in 1980 before taking over as head coach in 1992. During his 17 years leading the Vols, Fulmer's teams went 152-52, winning it all in 1998.

Fulmer rejoining Tennessee makes him the second former SEC East coach to return to his alma mater in as many years after Steve Spurrier linked back up with Florida as the athletic department's new ambassador and consultant last July.

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