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It seems each time I read an article about Fulmer the more respect I lose for the man. If someone would have told me back in January 1999, after winning the National Championship, that Fulmer would be saying the things he has I would have not believe it. For a man to have as much respect and devotion to an institution being the University of Tennessee, each time he gets media attention he dismantles all the credibility and achievements he has built at said institution.
I agree with most in that his dismissal could have been handled much better, but whether you like him or not, he is no longer the coach. I know there are still several Vol fans that miss Fulmer and enjoyed his coaching but time has come to let him go and support the current coach and staff. Fulmer was blessed in that he got to coach at his Alma Mater for many years with good success. Unfortunately, it was the only coaching job he could get. I guess I over estimated the amount of respect he has for himself as it is pitiful to see him throw his name out for potential coaching positions only to not have his phone ring. And if that was not bad enough, it is much more disheartening to see him transfer blame to others when he was the head coach.
As for all you fans that believe the football program is in worse shape today than when Fulmer was coach, you are wrong. Comparing wins/loses, remember in Fulmer's last season, he was 5 – 7. Kiffin topped that with a 6 – 6 and Dooley equaled with a 5 – 7.
Mr. Fulmer, everyone has seen what hate and anger can do to a person (Johnny Majors), I suggest you look at your actions and accept responsibility when due. Once you do that your phone may just happen to ring because wins and loses, as you well know, are not the only criteria for a head coach.
The only positive I can see is the somewhat supportive words towards Coach Jones.
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