Players gear up for Kiffin after Fulmer

Timing of news concerned Fulmer

Lane Kiffin

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Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin

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Lane Kiffin

Coach Fulmer's last game

Even during Phillip Fulmer Appreciation Day on Saturday - a 28-10 victory over Kentucky at Neyland Stadium - it was hard not to talk about Lane Kiffin, who has been tabbed to be Tennessee's next head football coach.

Current head coach Phillip Fulmer chimed in on the change, only to say he was concerned that the news leaking out on Friday could have had an adverse effect on his team.

"Somebody either doesn't understand kids or it's not important to them," Fulmer said. "I was afraid of that throwing another wrench in everything."

Fulmer said he addressed the situation before Friday afternoon's walkthrough, just hours after the News Sentinel reported that Kiffin would be UT's next coach.

Defensive coordinator John Chavis said the pregame Vol Walk was tough, but special. Then he weighed in on the coaching change.

"What's amazing is those are the true fans out there," Chavis said. "Those aren't the million-dollar people that sit up in the sky boxes and sometimes make decisions without knowledge of what they need."

When asked what he would want the next coaching staff to know about UT's traditions, Chavis vented once again.

"The tradition has changed," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind that the University of Tennessee had one of the greatest traditions in college football and it was a unique situation because it truly was family here.

"It's been a long time since somebody sat at the end of the table that was not a Tennessee guy. People wanted change. They got change."

Center Josh McNeil offered some insight on Kiffin, who recruited McNeil while coaching at Southern Cal in 2004.

"You could tell from just talking to him on the phone, he's a very personable guy," McNeil said. "A lot of people say he is a good recruiter. I'll definitely agree with that.

"He got me to take a visit to Southern California which is something I never thought I would have done. He was a nice guy and a good coach. I'll guess we'll find out real soon."

McNeil took the official visit to USC despite having no real interest in being a Trojan. Not much went right for the small town kid on the big city visit, especially when the airline lost his luggage.

"It wasn't the coaches," McNeil said. "It was the atmosphere."

Sophomore receiver Gerald Jones pointed out that this is the third offense he'll be forced to learn in his UT career.

David Cutcliffe headed it up last season. Dave Clawson did so this year. Now, it's Kiffin.

"Since I've been here, I've learned a new offense every year," Jones said. "It shouldn't be too tough for me, I hope not."

Jones said the key to adapting will be strict study habits.

"You have to study it," he said. "You have to understand it."

Jones certainly took note of how Kiffin used playmaker Reggie Bush at USC.

"He used Reggie well," Jones said. "He lined his playmakers up at different positions."

Whatever the offense, Jones and company know they'll have to reestablish themselves with a new staff.

"Now it's going back to the basics," Jones said. "You've got to prove yourself and earn your job all over again."

While UT's players prove themselves to Kiffin, it appears UT has something to prove to a very disappointed Chavis.

"It's a great university. It's a great football program. I think in time it will be again," he said. "Certainly I hope so because I have a lot of love and respect for the University of Tennessee."

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dshawn13#224876 writes:

1st

thegreatpumpkin writes:

Could not be more excited for the future of the program with Coach Kiffin. I understand this weekend is an emotional one for the Fulmer fans, and he was a great coach until 01'-02' when the downhill trend began, but the future looks bright, we have much to look forward to!

FWBVol writes:

I wish Lane Kiffin all the best and hopes he wins early and wins big for the Vols. I don't think things are nearly as gloom and doom as some would have us believe.

But I think John Chavis spoke for a lot of Tennessee alumni and fans when he said, "It's a great university. It's a great football program. I think in time it will be again," he said. "Certainly I hope so because I have a lot of love and respect for the University of Tennessee."

teedub writes:

in response to thegreatpumpkin:

Could not be more excited for the future of the program with Coach Kiffin. I understand this weekend is an emotional one for the Fulmer fans, and he was a great coach until 01'-02' when the downhill trend began, but the future looks bright, we have much to look forward to!

Agreed. Thanks for your voice of sanity!!

cobbwebb writes:

chief is ticked! "the real fans", "not the ones in the million dollar skyboxes", wow, harsh words from the leader of the d! im glad this thing ended as planned ,coach fulmer was able to go out on top, the way he deserved! kiffin better get a staff together, because this team needs to be coached up quickly, and they need to hit the road recruiting. get ready coach kiffin, cause you think the nfl was tough, well you aint seen nothin yet! welcome to the sec, going into living rooms trying to convince a kid to play for you after meyer, saban,and richt have been there, preparing a gameplan for the toughest defenses in the nation week in and week out, getting ready to face players like tebo, stafford, j. jones! dealing with a fan base where playing for championships is expected! i hope coach kiffin realizes that eric berry is the best player in the country, every bit the athlete reggie bush is, and can utilize this kid the right way next year! coach all we ask is you field a competitive team year after year, coach and recruit with intensity, instill discipline, and keep the traditions going strong! this is an exciting time, but also sad as well, we are starting a new chapter in tenn football history, i would really loved to have witnessed coach fulmer turn this thing around, but unfortunately it did not happen, and now we have another split in the fan base as we did when coach majors was fired, i say this, whats done is done, your either with us or against us, so either get on board or jump ship. support our team , our players, our coaches and administration, and our university. good luck coach kiffin. GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!

rockitwithrespect writes:

the old staff isnt even out the door yet, a new HC hasnt been CONFIRMED yet. i though the players would show more respect for fulmer instead of gabbing about the new guy

Teresa writes:

rockit, you don't suppose they were asked their opinions? I am positive they were.

ZR writes:

If Fulmer is so great why isn't he going to Clemson or the NFL?

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to ZR:

If Fulmer is so great why isn't he going to Clemson or the NFL?

Its over with , you dont have to keep kicking the man when he already down.
monday will be "Kiffin time in Tennessee"
I know the Kiffin haters dont want to hear that but he is our coach right now.

utclassof1992 writes:

I am ready for a heapin' helpin'of some ORGERON (yaw-yaw-yaw-yaw-footbawl).

utclassof1992 writes:

OMG, I think I just had a MULTPLE-ORGERON. YAW YAW YAW YAW YAW YAW!!!!!!

utclassof1992 writes:

ORGERON 65-ORGERON STATE 38. Go Ducks. Wait a minute.....????????

utclassof1992 writes:

See how much fun you can have with the word ORGERON!!! The coach will be even more fun to watch. He WILL be bringin' the heat and intensity. Book it!!!

Kiffinville writes:

Just because the "true fans" were showing an outpouring of support for Fulmer and Co.'s last Vol Walk doesn't mean the "true fans" didn't want a change. Thank goodness we FINALLY got it.

Welcome Coach Kiffin. Please, sir, turn this ship around!

Vol11FAN writes:

Just another wrong move in a situation that has been handled like we have a bunch of idiots running our University and Athletic Department.

Hopefully Coach Kiffin will be a good fit here at TN. However I would hope that Coach Kiffin would not subject the TN players or fans to the likes of Coach O. At this junction of the TN football program bringing in a bunch of thugs like Coach O did at Miami is no good. I would rather TN lose than go there. The young men coming into the TN program need good moral leaders not ones that have been convicted domestic abuse against a woman. The Volunteer Nation, as much as we like to win should want no part of Coach O. Just another suggestion to get our football team on track as well as our athletic department as a whole would be for the true Vol fans to step up and call for the quick departure of the worst hire in TN history-Mike Hamilton and it wouldn't hurt to take a good look at the President of the University, he came in with a cloud looming over him that has now spread throughout the whole University and shows no signs of clearing out.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to Vol11FAN:

Just another wrong move in a situation that has been handled like we have a bunch of idiots running our University and Athletic Department.

Hopefully Coach Kiffin will be a good fit here at TN. However I would hope that Coach Kiffin would not subject the TN players or fans to the likes of Coach O. At this junction of the TN football program bringing in a bunch of thugs like Coach O did at Miami is no good. I would rather TN lose than go there. The young men coming into the TN program need good moral leaders not ones that have been convicted domestic abuse against a woman. The Volunteer Nation, as much as we like to win should want no part of Coach O. Just another suggestion to get our football team on track as well as our athletic department as a whole would be for the true Vol fans to step up and call for the quick departure of the worst hire in TN history-Mike Hamilton and it wouldn't hurt to take a good look at the President of the University, he came in with a cloud looming over him that has now spread throughout the whole University and shows no signs of clearing out.

Well, get ready, because the O is coming!!!! He is really a different guy now than he was 15 years ago when he was a young wild azz. Marriage really seems to have settled him down. He can recruit like nobody's business too. Also, we need a big ole dose of KEHOE as well. And some Werner.

hdhurst writes:

in response to ZR:

If Fulmer is so great why isn't he going to Clemson or the NFL?

What makes you so sure he isn't going to either?

MidTennVol writes:

I've written this elsewhere but, with these new comments from Fulmer and Chavis, will write it again:

Mike Hamilton has condemned his name to infamy in the way he has handled what should have and could have been a graceful, respectful coaching change.

First, he decided to not wait until the end of the season to fire Fulmer. He leaks that news to Chris Low the Sunday after the SC game, throwing the entire program into turmoil.

Second (and utterly sleazy, in my opinion), he leaks news of Kiffin's hire on the eve of Fulmer's last day and "Philip Fulmer Day" at Neyland.

"Somebody either doesn't understand kids or it's not important to them," Fulmer said. "I was afraid of that throwing another wrench in everything." Darn right, Coach Fulmer.

Hamilton has completely disrespected Coach Fulmer and his staff in the way he has handled this. And I am a guy who felt Coach Fulmer should have resigned after the 2005 season or at the very latest at the end of this season.

With his treatment of Fulmer, Hamilton has completely destroyed relationships with former players. Think Peyton was loyal to the program because he's an alum -- or loyal to the program because of Coach Fulmer? Don't expect Peyton to be on the sidelines of many games in the future.

Hamilton is not yet a Vol, nor is Kiffin. As Chief says: "It's been a long time since somebody sat at the end of the table that was not a Tennessee guy. People wanted change. They got change."

At least 10 wins per season and championships, Mssrs. Hamilton and Kiffin -- that's the Frankenstein expectation of excellence that this staff is handing to you. It's the Frankenstein that killed Coach Fulmer this year.

Deliver consistently and you'll perhaps start a new tradition at Tennessee. Deliver consistently and you will start earning your way to becoming a true Vol.

Deliver consistently ... or face Frankenstein.

Huntingdonvol writes:

No won knowa what goes on behind closed doors!

hippie60 writes:

Did anyone hear the racist remark that CBS Spencer Tillman made at halftime of the Auburn,ALA game? Saying that Charlie Strong couldn't get throught the process and he'd be a better choice at UT than Lane Kiffin. Saying UT is a racist school really pi$$ed me off, we're anything but that. He needs do do his homework about UT Remember Lester McClain, Wade Houston etc etc.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to ZR:

If Fulmer is so great why isn't he going to Clemson or the NFL?

I'd like to be half the guy Chavis is, or a tenth of Coach Fulmer, maybe then I'd hit more of my goals. When we take these guys to heart, and quit expecting them to do for us, then we might be happier. The thing he said on change is right on! The next coach will be building on this legacy, and if he utilizes his players and recruits well, it could be another coach Pearl at the helm. The rest of the SEC should be happy they got to the Vols this year, for Coach Fulmer said it right when he said that they were very very close to a 8 4 season. You see what change brought when Coach Cut came back. Next year might be a good year. I am damn glad to have been a UT fan all of these years. I don't think I will be untouched by the current events. I hope that I will be moved and remember these current events and become a better man and better doer of things than a passive listener and observer and on the sidelines person. Yours truly see you later, Busy!!

mpm80#1357758 writes:

in response to hippie60:

Did anyone hear the racist remark that CBS Spencer Tillman made at halftime of the Auburn,ALA game? Saying that Charlie Strong couldn't get throught the process and he'd be a better choice at UT than Lane Kiffin. Saying UT is a racist school really pi$$ed me off, we're anything but that. He needs do do his homework about UT Remember Lester McClain, Wade Houston etc etc.

yes i saw spencer tillman and the other (white) commentator make remarks about ut and other schools not hiring black coaches like they arnt even givin a fair chance croom was givin a chance wasnt he ? is it uts fault he failed ? tyrone willingham has been givin several chances hasnt he ? let these black coaches win in div2 and move their way up like everybody else or do they just want something givin to them cause they are black? and i must say spencer tillman looks stupid with all that makeup on his stupid face

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

Its over with , you dont have to keep kicking the man when he already down.
monday will be "Kiffin time in Tennessee"
I know the Kiffin haters dont want to hear that but he is our coach right now.

Well said, Kiffin will be the coach and we need to get behind our VOLS. Fulmer had a good run, it is over, let it be.

rusty_shackleford writes:

I agree with CPF, the release of the Kiffin news on Friday was not classy at all. ADMH had kept his mouth shut for three weeks, not even slipping who was being interviewed, but then, on the eve of "CPF Appreciation Day" the news is leaked? I guess that's how ADMH "appreciates" people.

OldNumber7 writes:

I am ready for some new tradition; one that wins. This is a very exciting time.

7_Game_Maxims writes:

in response to cobbwebb:

chief is ticked! "the real fans", "not the ones in the million dollar skyboxes", wow, harsh words from the leader of the d! im glad this thing ended as planned ,coach fulmer was able to go out on top, the way he deserved! kiffin better get a staff together, because this team needs to be coached up quickly, and they need to hit the road recruiting. get ready coach kiffin, cause you think the nfl was tough, well you aint seen nothin yet! welcome to the sec, going into living rooms trying to convince a kid to play for you after meyer, saban,and richt have been there, preparing a gameplan for the toughest defenses in the nation week in and week out, getting ready to face players like tebo, stafford, j. jones! dealing with a fan base where playing for championships is expected! i hope coach kiffin realizes that eric berry is the best player in the country, every bit the athlete reggie bush is, and can utilize this kid the right way next year! coach all we ask is you field a competitive team year after year, coach and recruit with intensity, instill discipline, and keep the traditions going strong! this is an exciting time, but also sad as well, we are starting a new chapter in tenn football history, i would really loved to have witnessed coach fulmer turn this thing around, but unfortunately it did not happen, and now we have another split in the fan base as we did when coach majors was fired, i say this, whats done is done, your either with us or against us, so either get on board or jump ship. support our team , our players, our coaches and administration, and our university. good luck coach kiffin. GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!

I don't think the split is as deep as the Majors deal. Kiffen will have to earn respect with fans though. He doesn't just automatically get it. This "with us or agin us" stuff is the same as drinking Kool Aid. It's wise to watch what's going on so that you're not blind-sided. I'll support our new coach but he truthfully hasn't even earned that title yet and surely hasn't earned a nickname, Coach K, etc. I do have faith in Hamilton's abilities so we'll see how this thing pans out.

hotrodvol writes:

It's time to turn the page in UT history books, hey we got to go all out to support Kiffin. This really will be part of our history, no one will want to look back ten years from now, and not see this as a positive move.

volintexas writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

I've written this elsewhere but, with these new comments from Fulmer and Chavis, will write it again:

Mike Hamilton has condemned his name to infamy in the way he has handled what should have and could have been a graceful, respectful coaching change.

First, he decided to not wait until the end of the season to fire Fulmer. He leaks that news to Chris Low the Sunday after the SC game, throwing the entire program into turmoil.

Second (and utterly sleazy, in my opinion), he leaks news of Kiffin's hire on the eve of Fulmer's last day and "Philip Fulmer Day" at Neyland.

"Somebody either doesn't understand kids or it's not important to them," Fulmer said. "I was afraid of that throwing another wrench in everything." Darn right, Coach Fulmer.

Hamilton has completely disrespected Coach Fulmer and his staff in the way he has handled this. And I am a guy who felt Coach Fulmer should have resigned after the 2005 season or at the very latest at the end of this season.

With his treatment of Fulmer, Hamilton has completely destroyed relationships with former players. Think Peyton was loyal to the program because he's an alum -- or loyal to the program because of Coach Fulmer? Don't expect Peyton to be on the sidelines of many games in the future.

Hamilton is not yet a Vol, nor is Kiffin. As Chief says: "It's been a long time since somebody sat at the end of the table that was not a Tennessee guy. People wanted change. They got change."

At least 10 wins per season and championships, Mssrs. Hamilton and Kiffin -- that's the Frankenstein expectation of excellence that this staff is handing to you. It's the Frankenstein that killed Coach Fulmer this year.

Deliver consistently and you'll perhaps start a new tradition at Tennessee. Deliver consistently and you will start earning your way to becoming a true Vol.

Deliver consistently ... or face Frankenstein.

I appreciate the passion, but this was handled better than the quissling insurrection in 92 against Majors. This too shall pass. Pearl was a great hire, but frankly it is easier to execute a turnaround in hoops in the SEC. UT had won before in hoops, has great facilties and all it takes is a few recruits to transition a program. Moreover, top to bottom, the SEC competition is not that tough in hoops. Turning the football program around will be much tougher. I wish Kiffin all the best, but I fear that Hamilton has led us down a path where we will be like the Israelites wandering through the desert for years. Hamilton didn't have the stones to stand up to some key boosters several years ago and confront them with the reality of the declining trend in UT football and the fact that 98 was wonderful, but it was an anomaly. There were no great choices available this year. By waiting, Hamilton's stones are on the line with this hire.

AllVol2008#1353998 writes:

in response to Vol11FAN:

Just another wrong move in a situation that has been handled like we have a bunch of idiots running our University and Athletic Department.

Hopefully Coach Kiffin will be a good fit here at TN. However I would hope that Coach Kiffin would not subject the TN players or fans to the likes of Coach O. At this junction of the TN football program bringing in a bunch of thugs like Coach O did at Miami is no good. I would rather TN lose than go there. The young men coming into the TN program need good moral leaders not ones that have been convicted domestic abuse against a woman. The Volunteer Nation, as much as we like to win should want no part of Coach O. Just another suggestion to get our football team on track as well as our athletic department as a whole would be for the true Vol fans to step up and call for the quick departure of the worst hire in TN history-Mike Hamilton and it wouldn't hurt to take a good look at the President of the University, he came in with a cloud looming over him that has now spread throughout the whole University and shows no signs of clearing out.

Shut up?

smokyredbone writes:

in response to hippie60:

Did anyone hear the racist remark that CBS Spencer Tillman made at halftime of the Auburn,ALA game? Saying that Charlie Strong couldn't get throught the process and he'd be a better choice at UT than Lane Kiffin. Saying UT is a racist school really pi$$ed me off, we're anything but that. He needs do do his homework about UT Remember Lester McClain, Wade Houston etc etc.

Yeah I saw that!!! He used to be fairly Vol friendly. They should put that argument to rest. They call us rascists in the South,but the SEC has probably employed as many african American Head coachs as any other. Kiffin was a hot enough assistant coach at USC to garner being hired as an NFL head coach, thats what we hired him off of,not his NFL coaching resume.Goodbye CPF,THANKS!!!! GO VOLS AND CPK!!!!!!!!!!

jcvol#215939 writes:

Why can't Chavis be D Coordinator under Kiffin?

tnbigg writes:

Well...many of the same spouting the same mantra. Glad to see the players with an optimistic view of Coach Kiffin. It's obvious that several coaches and "true fans" are bound and determined to undermine the guy. "Undermining"...hmmmmm...and now the latest and greatest excuse from the "true fans"...Fulmer got stabbed in the back..."stabbed in the back"...undermining"...hmmmmm...

When Coach Kiffin creates an incredible new level of excitement...like nothing seen around here in years...I hope you self professed "true fans" who really are not "Tennessee" at all...just "Fulmer"...will go away and dream about the past... You folks make it impossible to really get unanimous support for Coach Fulmer and his needed departure because you are so filled with your own venom that you spread it like a cancer.

7_Game_Maxims writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Just like every coach he'll have to prove himself. No one is given a blank check and a high five and told you can stay as long as you want. Fulmer has proven that. Like I said, I'll support him but I will not go blindly. If the stories regarding his practices are true and he is indeed a disciplinarian (sp) then I think we may be alright. But I'm not calling him Coach with a capital C yet.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to tnbigg:

Well...many of the same spouting the same mantra. Glad to see the players with an optimistic view of Coach Kiffin. It's obvious that several coaches and "true fans" are bound and determined to undermine the guy. "Undermining"...hmmmmm...and now the latest and greatest excuse from the "true fans"...Fulmer got stabbed in the back..."stabbed in the back"...undermining"...hmmmmm...

When Coach Kiffin creates an incredible new level of excitement...like nothing seen around here in years...I hope you self professed "true fans" who really are not "Tennessee" at all...just "Fulmer"...will go away and dream about the past... You folks make it impossible to really get unanimous support for Coach Fulmer and his needed departure because you are so filled with your own venom that you spread it like a cancer.

Dupree, who usually knows, told me the reason they are working on Fulmer Way is to turn it into a wailing wall.

Have you heard anything about that?

tnbigg writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Dupree, who usually knows, told me the reason they are working on Fulmer Way is to turn it into a wailing wall.

Have you heard anything about that?

Dang...that old Dupree...he outscoops them all...can't wait for that press release...I wonder if it will be another premature release...we seem to have a problem with too many premature releases these days...

I still love Duprees video where he tries to prove he could play defensive back in the SEC...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BBzpL...

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

I just heard on ESPN that Kiffin's dad is definitely considering coming, though it would mean a cut in pay for him. Personally, I think the players would benefit (from a football and personal standpoint) from having Chavis stay instead, though that may be unlikely. I just really hope Orgeron doesn't come. I'd be extremely disappointed for our program for several reasons.

jdcvols#230433 writes:

in response to jcvol#215939:

Why can't Chavis be D Coordinator under Kiffin?

Beat me to it! I would keep the defense intact except for maybe Slade. Chavis is a proven coach especially with Brooks and Caldwell. Throw Clawson out with the waste water.

1982_35_28 writes:

Chavis. Winning is more important than having a Tennessee guy at the end of the table. This inbred cult atmosphere is not bigger than the university. You guys are having trouble understanding that fact.

TommyJack writes:

in response to hdhurst:

What makes you so sure he isn't going to either?

No way on the NFL. Those spoiled millionaire prima donna's would eat Phil's lunch (whoa!). If Clemson doesn't hire Dabo, they're crazy. The guy did a great job as interim.

billsatter#588212 writes:

TN family/loyalty went out the window when Johnny was handed a pink-slip for losing a handful of games. That decision was made because we wanted a winning football team, and the decision to oust Phil was no different. The program was on a downward trajectory, and there was no viable candidate from the "TN family" to take the helm. We had a choice to either maintain the so-called "Tradition" and live with mediocrity; or follow suit with the rest of the SEC and find a winner.

leedsvol2007 writes:

in response to hippie60:

Did anyone hear the racist remark that CBS Spencer Tillman made at halftime of the Auburn,ALA game? Saying that Charlie Strong couldn't get throught the process and he'd be a better choice at UT than Lane Kiffin. Saying UT is a racist school really pi$$ed me off, we're anything but that. He needs do do his homework about UT Remember Lester McClain, Wade Houston etc etc.

I did not hear the comments but they are totally off base.

In fact when I enrolled at UT in 1969 there were more than 5000 black students on campus. There were never any efforts that I know of to deny blacks attendance like was found at Ole Miss and Alabama.

Ralph Boston an Olympic champion high jumper and I believe was a 3 time Olympia was a Dean at UT at the time of my enrollment.

Lester McClain was acknowledged as the first black player in the SEC and he has since served on the UT Athletic Board.

Condredge Holloway was the first black quarterback in the SEC. And Tennessee also recruited players like Haskel Stanback, Stanley Morgam, the late Robert Puliam.

In basketball Ray Mears recurited a kid from Knoxville who's name I cannot remember and he was going to integrate basketball in 1969-70 when he was dismissed for stealing a TV from the Student Center.

Later Larry Robinson was signed. He played both basketball and football at UT.

If memory serves Wade Houston was the first black basketball coach in the SEC and was signed because of his background at Louisville not because of his color.

UT's record on changing racial viewpoints over the decades in the SEC is the best if not the best.

While we are not perfect we have brought race relations at UT to the point few even think about the color of a coach or recruit just how well they do the job.

Tillman needs to do a little homework.

GoVols!

leedsvol2007 writes:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Coach Chavis for his service as a player, position coach, and coordinator for Tennnessee.

We would do well to retain him.

GoVols!

daddyaxe writes:

WE HAVE TRADED A MAN THAT TAUGHT YOUNG MEN ABOUT VALUES AND LIFE.......NOW WHAT........I THINK THAT WE HAVE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE......I WANTED HIS HEAD TOO.....BUT NOW....THE PHILLIP FULMER FINAL SHOW HAS CHANGED MY MIND.......IS KIFFIN BETTER???? I DOUBT NO ONE WOULD FILL COACH FULMER SHOES.........WHAT HAVE WE DONE

khelton657 writes:

Thanks for the link, voted, the man deserves the credit and so does the University..

khelton657 writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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His bio states that he has the "bend don't break" defensive philsophy..sounds too familiar...maybe there will be a difference in the amount of bend.

khelton657 writes:

This just in, FUTHC Phil Fulmer , his wife, children, grand child, and son in law were seen this morning boarding an airplane to Wyoming where their plans are to walk their new ranch, gather in front of their rather large creekstone firelace..together..., drink fresh hot coffee and tea and enjoy the fruits of Phil's hard work his extraordinary opportunities while at The University of Tennessee.

TommyJack writes:

in response to daddyaxe:

WE HAVE TRADED A MAN THAT TAUGHT YOUNG MEN ABOUT VALUES AND LIFE.......NOW WHAT........I THINK THAT WE HAVE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE......I WANTED HIS HEAD TOO.....BUT NOW....THE PHILLIP FULMER FINAL SHOW HAS CHANGED MY MIND.......IS KIFFIN BETTER???? I DOUBT NO ONE WOULD FILL COACH FULMER SHOES.........WHAT HAVE WE DONE

Phil is free now to do social work. We need a coach that can make us competitive again.

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