Fulmer award: Some fans hot, Kiffin not

Former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer.

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Former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer.

Former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer.

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Former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer.

The University of Tennessee Athletic Department today offered a statement from head football coach Lane Kiffin for fans critical of Phillip Fulmer being chosen to receive the 2009 Robert R. Neyland Award.

"Coach Fulmer has had a tremendous impact on Tennessee," Kiffin said. "He's the second- winningest coach in Tennessee history behind General Neyland. It's only fitting that he receives this prestigious award. I hope all Tennessee fans will show up early Saturday to show their appreciation for all he has done for our program, our university and our state."

Fulmer will be given the award Saturday at The Foundry during pregame ceremonies for the Orange and White Game. The game begins at 3 p.m. at Neyland Stadium.

Fulmer also will be honored on the field in pregame ceremonies.

The award is given annually to one of the top coaches in college football by the Knoxville Quarterback Club.

Fulmer was fired following a 5-7 season in 2008. He compiled a 152-52 record from 1992-2008 as head coach. Neyland's record was 173-31-12.

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springtx_vol writes:

That type of attitude is what I expect people to have about Fulmer. Coach Kiffin can be political when he needs to. Coach Fulmer had a great 5 year run from 1997 to 2001 and barring a poor performance against LSU in teh 2001 SECCG, could have had two MNC rings.

Thanks Coach Fulmer for what you did for the University and for Tennessee football. Thanks Coach Fulmer for the classy way you have handled a very difficult situation since the Wyoming game last year.

Go Vols.

TommyJack writes:

No opinion.

rootin4volz writes:

Some fans are hot about this? If so, you are not fans of Tennessee Football and all of the tradition that comes along with that. Why would anyone want to deny Coach Fulmer this honor? He brought us a National Championship in 1998, and on that night in Tempe, I for one sat in that stadium in Tempe, AZ and cried a tear of joy because I thought I would never see my beloved Vols achieve that milestone. Thank you for that, Coach Fulmer.

As to the Bozos who may be "hot" about this, why don't you just go put your clown suit back on and get a life.

tnbigg writes:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

txvolsfan writes:

I think it was part of his buy out, after all he did donate a mil. to the school last year!!! lol
Let the man have the award he did a lot for the University.

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

Amen, if you can't appreciate what Coash Fulmer did for this program that you're not a Vols fan.

Was it time for a change, time to move on and/or forward, yes. But you can't discount what he's done over the course of his time at UT.

GreerVol22 writes:

Come on, did anyone really think Kiffin would throw out a Meyeresque comment or something? Whether he meant it or not he said what he had to.

...but I still say it ain't right for him to show up and hold this ceremony at the O&W game just after he was fired. Still too early for mingling with the new staff. The O&W game should be about Kiffin, his new staff, and the attitude and changes he's made with the team....and none of that should include Fulmer for any award.

volhallathunder writes:

Weather should be fantastic for the O&W Game. Look forward to watching a true legend in the making in Coach Kiffin.

collegegrad writes:

Oh, so now they're saying that Fulmer was fired, rather than resigned? I'm sorry to hear that, in the words of Donald Trump, "Fulmer...You're Fired!" Anyway, let's continue to support the Vols and the new coach.

TommyJack writes:

Who says CLK can't be touchy-feely?

ethanfrome writes:

I haven't been this excited since we hired Clawson!

orangeoptimist writes:

This subject is STUPID. Let's talk about the economy.

Vay_Owe_Ale_Ace writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

Strange comment. I don't know what the hell you're talking about, but it does make me want to go and see.

You're probably waiting there to rape me, though. That's getting close to Seymour country...

AirYaGoGitErDun writes:

Coach Coffin will last about as long as the recent many UT presidents...

Volalumnus writes:

I really don't have much of a problem with this except it doesn't make sense because it is the wrong award to give to Fulmer for last year. Wait a couple of years and it would be good.

History of the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Trophy

In 1967, the Knoxville Quarterback Club, seeking a way to honor Gen. Neyland's memory, established the Robert R. Neyland Memorial Trophy. This award is given annually by the Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics. The first presentation in 1967 included the man who hired Gen. Neyland in 1926 and his first All-America lineman, who later became head coach at Yale. The permanent trophy is displayed in the Tennessee Hall of Fame Exhibit in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

Previous Honorees
1967 - Nathan W. Dougherty, Tennessee
1967 - Herman Hickman, Yale
1968 - Wallace Wade, Alabama
1969 - Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech
1970 - John Barnhill, Arkansas
1971 - Jess Neely, Rice
1972 - John Vaught, Mississippi
1973 - Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma
1974 - Fritz Crisler, Michigan
1975 - Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, California
1976 - John McKay, Southern California
1977 - Darrell Royal, Texas
1978 - Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Auburn
1979 - Frank Broyles, Arkansas
1980 - Bob Devaney, Nebraska
1981 - Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame
1982 - Bill Murray, Duke
1983 - Paul "Bear" Bryant, Alabama
1984 - Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1985 - Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
1986 - Bob Woodruff, Tennessee
1987 - Charles McClendon, LSU
1988 - LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young
1989 - Vince Dooley, Georgia
1990 - Bo Schembechler, Michigan
1991 - Murray Warmath, Minnesota
1992 - Bobby Bowden, Florida State
1993 - Grant Teaff, Baylor
1994 - Jerry Claiborne, Kentucky
1995 - Dan Devine, Notre Dame
1996 - Hayden Fry, Iowa
1997 - Terry Donahue, UCLA
1998 - Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
1999 - Eddie Robinson, Grambling
2000 - Tom Osborne, Nebraska
2001 - Doug Dickey, Tennessee
2002 - Gene Stallings, Alabama
2003 - John Majors, Pittsburgh
2004 - John Gaglidardi, St. John's (Minn.)
2005 - Barry Switzer, Oklahoma
2006 - John Cooper, Ohio State
2007 - John Robinson, UNLV
2008 - Lloyd Carr, Michigan
2009 - Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee

Flyfisherman writes:

Good for coach Kiffin...Let Phil enjoy the recognition...he earned it...

hdav06#387651 writes:

Fulmer deserves this award. In my life time the Coaches have been Wyatt, Dickey, Battle, Majors, and Fulmer. True Tennessee fans respect each and everyone of them. If you don't you are kidding yourself, you are not a Tennessee fan, you are a bandwagon fair weather big mouth.

guelah75 writes:

just seems like odd timing to me. Nothing against Fulmer and the job he did as coach...but like others have said the O&W game should be about welcoming CLK to UT and getting a chance to see how this years team is shaping up. The question I have is this - in the past has this award been given out at the O&W pre-game?

rocky_topper writes:

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

auttat writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

You expect people to garner complete comprehension from this post? Sorry Geoff, I'm clueless buddy!

tgrind writes:

tnbigg what in the world are you rambling about? Are you posting this on all of todays articles? I hope not.

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

No opinion.

No class either

rocky_topper writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Come on, did anyone really think Kiffin would throw out a Meyeresque comment or something? Whether he meant it or not he said what he had to.

...but I still say it ain't right for him to show up and hold this ceremony at the O&W game just after he was fired. Still too early for mingling with the new staff. The O&W game should be about Kiffin, his new staff, and the attitude and changes he's made with the team....and none of that should include Fulmer for any award.

The timing of this award and on the 18th which happens to be the most anticipated "game" we've had in five years is CALCULATED by a few--I guarantee you that.

They should've done the award on the 25th and see just who would show up to congratulate him! I do NOT applaud him whatsoever; he took our program to the bottom depths of the SEC just due to his stubborness!

I hope he finally will ride off into the sunset!!!!

cincivol writes:

in response to Volalumnus:

I really don't have much of a problem with this except it doesn't make sense because it is the wrong award to give to Fulmer for last year. Wait a couple of years and it would be good.

History of the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Trophy

In 1967, the Knoxville Quarterback Club, seeking a way to honor Gen. Neyland's memory, established the Robert R. Neyland Memorial Trophy. This award is given annually by the Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics. The first presentation in 1967 included the man who hired Gen. Neyland in 1926 and his first All-America lineman, who later became head coach at Yale. The permanent trophy is displayed in the Tennessee Hall of Fame Exhibit in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

Previous Honorees
1967 - Nathan W. Dougherty, Tennessee
1967 - Herman Hickman, Yale
1968 - Wallace Wade, Alabama
1969 - Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech
1970 - John Barnhill, Arkansas
1971 - Jess Neely, Rice
1972 - John Vaught, Mississippi
1973 - Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma
1974 - Fritz Crisler, Michigan
1975 - Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, California
1976 - John McKay, Southern California
1977 - Darrell Royal, Texas
1978 - Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Auburn
1979 - Frank Broyles, Arkansas
1980 - Bob Devaney, Nebraska
1981 - Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame
1982 - Bill Murray, Duke
1983 - Paul "Bear" Bryant, Alabama
1984 - Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1985 - Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
1986 - Bob Woodruff, Tennessee
1987 - Charles McClendon, LSU
1988 - LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young
1989 - Vince Dooley, Georgia
1990 - Bo Schembechler, Michigan
1991 - Murray Warmath, Minnesota
1992 - Bobby Bowden, Florida State
1993 - Grant Teaff, Baylor
1994 - Jerry Claiborne, Kentucky
1995 - Dan Devine, Notre Dame
1996 - Hayden Fry, Iowa
1997 - Terry Donahue, UCLA
1998 - Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
1999 - Eddie Robinson, Grambling
2000 - Tom Osborne, Nebraska
2001 - Doug Dickey, Tennessee
2002 - Gene Stallings, Alabama
2003 - John Majors, Pittsburgh
2004 - John Gaglidardi, St. John's (Minn.)
2005 - Barry Switzer, Oklahoma
2006 - John Cooper, Ohio State
2007 - John Robinson, UNLV
2008 - Lloyd Carr, Michigan
2009 - Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee

Excellent post dude. You should apply for a Job to replace the terrible, non-informative, biased, and ignorant reporters with KNS. This is how the report should have been.

Show Fulmer the respect he deserves. You all were suckin his peanuts all these years so give props to the man for what he has done and brought to the table.

CONGRATS BIG PHIL. U HAVE ONE OF THE BEST WINNING % IN CF HISTORY!!!

gslaton#227127 writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

That peyote clears things right up, huh?

Caveman writes:

Caveman say much deserving...

Fire say NUFF SAID..

LifetimeVolFan98 writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

Come on, did anyone really think Kiffin would throw out a Meyeresque comment or something? Whether he meant it or not he said what he had to.

...but I still say it ain't right for him to show up and hold this ceremony at the O&W game just after he was fired. Still too early for mingling with the new staff. The O&W game should be about Kiffin, his new staff, and the attitude and changes he's made with the team....and none of that should include Fulmer for any award.

FYI - It's not Fulmer that is "mingling" with the staff on the day of the O & W game, it's the QB club and Kiffin that thought it would be great to have him honored on this day. Kiffin's tenure doesn't start 9in my mind) until game #1 in Aug / Sept.

iron_eyez7#227558 writes:

I do not have a problem with the award and who it is being given to. My problem is the timing of the award. Why didn't they wait until next year or the year after? I appreciate everything that Coach Fulmer did for UT. Still way too early to be handing out awards for a coach who was fired less than 6 months ago.

Bryce4Heisman writes:

The last 4 coaches on that list ran 4 of the biggest programs into the ground Cooper-OSU, Robinson-USC, Carr-Michigan, and Fulmer-UT, so as you can see its a great award for Fulmer to be receiving.

VolGraduate writes:

in response to Vay_Owe_Ale_Ace:

Strange comment. I don't know what the hell you're talking about, but it does make me want to go and see.

You're probably waiting there to rape me, though. That's getting close to Seymour country...

Funny comment. People are too serious on here these days

VolGraduate writes:

in response to RichRollin:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I bet you would like that. You should go meet tnbigg on that dirt road

heepdog writes:

in response to Volalumnus:

I really don't have much of a problem with this except it doesn't make sense because it is the wrong award to give to Fulmer for last year. Wait a couple of years and it would be good.

History of the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Trophy

In 1967, the Knoxville Quarterback Club, seeking a way to honor Gen. Neyland's memory, established the Robert R. Neyland Memorial Trophy. This award is given annually by the Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics. The first presentation in 1967 included the man who hired Gen. Neyland in 1926 and his first All-America lineman, who later became head coach at Yale. The permanent trophy is displayed in the Tennessee Hall of Fame Exhibit in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center on the University of Tennessee campus.

Previous Honorees
1967 - Nathan W. Dougherty, Tennessee
1967 - Herman Hickman, Yale
1968 - Wallace Wade, Alabama
1969 - Bobby Dodd, Georgia Tech
1970 - John Barnhill, Arkansas
1971 - Jess Neely, Rice
1972 - John Vaught, Mississippi
1973 - Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma
1974 - Fritz Crisler, Michigan
1975 - Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, California
1976 - John McKay, Southern California
1977 - Darrell Royal, Texas
1978 - Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Auburn
1979 - Frank Broyles, Arkansas
1980 - Bob Devaney, Nebraska
1981 - Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame
1982 - Bill Murray, Duke
1983 - Paul "Bear" Bryant, Alabama
1984 - Woody Hayes, Ohio State
1985 - Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
1986 - Bob Woodruff, Tennessee
1987 - Charles McClendon, LSU
1988 - LaVell Edwards, Brigham Young
1989 - Vince Dooley, Georgia
1990 - Bo Schembechler, Michigan
1991 - Murray Warmath, Minnesota
1992 - Bobby Bowden, Florida State
1993 - Grant Teaff, Baylor
1994 - Jerry Claiborne, Kentucky
1995 - Dan Devine, Notre Dame
1996 - Hayden Fry, Iowa
1997 - Terry Donahue, UCLA
1998 - Lou Holtz, Notre Dame
1999 - Eddie Robinson, Grambling
2000 - Tom Osborne, Nebraska
2001 - Doug Dickey, Tennessee
2002 - Gene Stallings, Alabama
2003 - John Majors, Pittsburgh
2004 - John Gaglidardi, St. John's (Minn.)
2005 - Barry Switzer, Oklahoma
2006 - John Cooper, Ohio State
2007 - John Robinson, UNLV
2008 - Lloyd Carr, Michigan
2009 - Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee

Notice the "Bear" wasn't honored until he died. Maybe PF Flyer should wait til then.

dcvol90 writes:

Coach fulmer is tennesse football and will always be. The man deserves this award. He eats an sleeps and bleeds UT. I know he had some bad times but he had some goodtimes as well and I loved every single one of them. So I say congradulations to coach fulmer. You will always be the orange light that lite up neyland every Saturday. If your a REAL vols fan you will give the respect that this man has earned. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

TNFootball writes:

I hope they boo his damn sorry azz out of Knoxville. It is classless to interfere with a new coach's coming-out day! As someone already said, it does seem as though it is calculated by the Foolmerites!

Seriouslyorange writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

tnbigg,I am at the fork in the road you mentioned and you didn't say which way to "take it". I went left because I thought that is probably how your mind works, but darn, the only thing I saw was a ugly kid(probably yours) sitting in a swing on the porch plucking a banjo! Also caught a glimpse of Burt Reynolds with a bow shooting some hillbillies. Fill us all in, and give better directions. Thanks for an otherwise sane sensible post!! LMAO

Volalumnus writes:

in response to Bryce4Heisman:

The last 4 coaches on that list ran 4 of the biggest programs into the ground Cooper-OSU, Robinson-USC, Carr-Michigan, and Fulmer-UT, so as you can see its a great award for Fulmer to be receiving.

Does make you wonder what the guys who first started giving the award would think of the guys giving it out now.

MrBamSeydu writes:

We just can't get rid of Phil can we? Why doesn't he go coach somewhere else so he'll leave us alone.

sampears writes:

Who?

Psychovol writes:

Fulmer is deserving and I'll always appreciated the good memories, but his time has come and gone and none too soon.

BigOrangeJeff writes:

The award is given by the QB Club, and the dinner always coincides with the O&W game. To suggest that Coach Fulmer manipulated the timing of the festivities does nothing but reveal your petty jealousy and limited mental capacity.

Your probably the same people that think President Obama has "raised yer income tax" and is "gonna come take yer guns away."

preacherdannie writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

What the hell are you rambling about???

FUGators writes:

I like how some of you relate that not wanting Fulmer there at the O&W game equates to NOT being a true vols fan.

I graduated from UT (twice actually), am a gold-level donor to UTAD, and haven't missed a game (home and away) in almost 20 years, so I assure you I am a real fan. I for one think they are trying to drum-up attendance support for Fulmer...the old "while we have fans there, let's force them to appreciate him while he receives his award". If Fulmer truly cared for the program, he would have resigned several years back. He was after the almighty dollar and put the program on the back-burner which pretty much destroyed it! The program is in far worse shape when he was fired as it was when he took over! If they actually had a seperate "Fulmer Award Appreciation Day" on any other given day, that would have been better; although I am pretty positive 25 people wouldn't even show up for it. Also, if a real coach were given 16 years with the talent we have had on "THE HILL", they would have had a far-better record than what Fulmer was able to attain.

Fulmer, don't you think you've been around campus long enough ole buddy?

Again, this is from a REAL VOLS FAN--I assure you of that!

Seriouslyorange writes:

To all the griping fans...If you did not like CPF..getting the award means he's gone!! If you did like CPF.. getting the award means he is being honored!! How can we go wrong?
Let's all beat the CLK drum now...he is our leader!
Am I being too optomistic here?......probably.

SilasDogooder writes:

in response to AirYaGoGitErDun:

Coach Coffin will last about as long as the recent many UT presidents...

I sense bitterness and ill-will from a person dedicated to following the precepts of Jesus. Maybe you should change your handle to something like BeSortaKindaLikeJesusWhenItSuitsMyPurpose.

FUGators writes:

in response to MrBamSeydu:

We just can't get rid of Phil can we? Why doesn't he go coach somewhere else so he'll leave us alone.

Why doesn't he go coach somewhere else? No one wants him! NO ONE! So, we will just keep him around here to fulfill his self-absorbed ego!

Vol_atile writes:

in response to tnbigg:

I said this yesterday and I say it again because its the only way to garner a complete comprehension for it. In order to better understand this you would have to go back about 25 years. I think it was around 25...but anyway. One of the things that served as the foundation for this was an event that happened off Chapman Highway. If you go there today you can still find evidence of it. You go out Chapman Highway about 12 miles and there's a little road on your left. I forget the name of it right now, but you take a left there. Once you've made that left you continue for about 6 or 7 miles and you'll see a dirt road on the right with a big sign that says, "No Trespassing". It is wise to heed that warning. I've never been wise. As you go down that dirt road things begin to get a wee bit strange. I guess its about 5 miles or so but you come to a fork in that road. Take it. After about 2 miles it will all become clear to you and no doubt will remain as to how come this is what it is. PROOF that it is what it is. If the proof wasn't still there folks would try to say that it isn't what it isn't...but it truly is what it is...no doubt! The problem has been and always will be that people don't know what they don't know until they know. Ya' know? Anyway...that will say alot about how this came to be...

Sooooo this is why they invented beer!

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to BigVolMan:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Or maybe, "NothingAtAllLikeJesusButUsingThisNameToPreventAnyoneFromCritizingMe."

dcvol90 writes:

in response to rcr12:

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Either way but I guess they did this so it don't interfere with the regular season in the fall.

FUGators writes:

in response to rootin4volz:

Some fans are hot about this? If so, you are not fans of Tennessee Football and all of the tradition that comes along with that. Why would anyone want to deny Coach Fulmer this honor? He brought us a National Championship in 1998, and on that night in Tempe, I for one sat in that stadium in Tempe, AZ and cried a tear of joy because I thought I would never see my beloved Vols achieve that milestone. Thank you for that, Coach Fulmer.

As to the Bozos who may be "hot" about this, why don't you just go put your clown suit back on and get a life.

I'll go put my clown suit back on the minute you GFY!

vorangel writes:

in response to Bryce4Heisman:

The last 4 coaches on that list ran 4 of the biggest programs into the ground Cooper-OSU, Robinson-USC, Carr-Michigan, and Fulmer-UT, so as you can see its a great award for Fulmer to be receiving.

Sorry Dude. You're wrong.
Carr beat Florida in the Citrus in his last game. Michigan went to bowls 33 straight years, including all of Carr's seasons. He didn't have a 2005 like Phillip, or a 2008. Carr had enough sense to hit the exit on his own terms.
The last highlight for Fulmer was 2001-02 in the Citrus when he beat Michigan with a team that should have been in the Rose Bowl, and sadly Phil is proud of that. The Wolverines have played in three Rose Bowls since 2001.
Rodriguez is the coach who ran Michigan into the ground last year, running off Mallett and losing to Toledo. Sad, too.
Comprende?

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