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John and a lot of people could put up a pretty good debate for what John is saying. But, Fulmer did not get the needed input and support from the UT (Hamilton) management. Since Hamilton did not have a true or established boss, he pretty much did as he pleased. Efforts to get salaries improved for his coaches were met with ire from the mini Bass Hog. The Fulmer Trinity which shrunk to the Fulmer Duo after the departure of Coach Cut to Mississippi, was left without the coveted QB vacuum that pulled in Manning and then Clausen. The latter coming due to Manning more than anybody else. There was not enough money being offered to capable QB coaches and other offensive coaches to draw them into the fold. Casey Clausen was the better of the Clausen boys by far...UT just did not have the coaches to coach him up. The other part of the Duo, of course, was Chavis, and he was able to hold up the defensive side for everything other than safeties and corner backs. He did get Eric Berry, but Eric could not do everything alone...some other good athletes were needed but did not show up. NOW, Fulmer, feeling secure, did not work at his job with the gusto and dedication that he did at first. I believe he felt everything was warm and fuzzy, and just decided to enjoy life a little. And, you can't blame him for that, he probably deserved a little sabbatical from the big time. On the other hand, had Hamilton provide a little more salary leverage for the football program, we would have had the proper offensive brain power to keep the gaskets from blowing on Vol Football. ACT III...now enter Hamilton, who wanted to make a name for Himself and knowing that he had good support from the Haslams, started the refurbishing upgrades to Neyland and other PERMANENT STRUCTURES, which are several, But when the Phil firing and the Kiffen band aid did not hold water, the pressure was elevated by the Pearl swirls and the whole UT Athletic cassel exploded. Hamilton, now standing in the ashes picked up all the gold pieces and headed for the hills.
What I am trying to say here is that Fulmer is correct...but hold on...he did not do very well keeping his focus during the critical periods...he probably allowed himself to relax too much knowing that the mini Boss Hog was seeking a halo for himself and there was just not much he could do about it.
Can't you just here Paul Harvey saying:"now, you know the rest of the story."
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