Phillip Fulmer to speak at UT commencement

Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer

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Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer

Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer is returning to campus, this time as a commencement speaker.

Fulmer, who coached the Vols for 17 seasons, will address graduates at the UT College of Communication and Information commencement ceremony on May 12 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Among the graduates participating will be two of Fulmer’s daughters, Alison, who is receiving a bachelor’s degree in public relations, and Brittany, who’s earned her master’s in communication studies.

College Dean Mike Wirth says Fulmer’s dedication to Tennessee and the Knoxville community and ability to motivate young adults makes him a perfect choice for a graduation speaker.

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jesusvol4 writes:

Congratulations coach! You are a GREAT DAD, and a GREAT MAN to have as a role model! Keep living life to the fullest!

Ayres_Hall writes:

Good for the ol' coach, father, and life-long Volunteer!

Major_Magilicutty writes:

Thanks, Coach.

FWBVol writes:

I can't remember who spoke when I graduated, but I would have remembered if it had been Phillip Fulmer. I'm sure the College of Communication and Information grads are in for a real treat.

worldwideturd writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Nice soliloquy, Thunder.

GeneralNeylandsReturn writes:

Dr. Bass spoke at mine, as he is prone to upon occasion. I would have been proud to have Coach speak at mine though.

Be even more proud when he speaks at one of my children's some day.

Congrats Phillip!!

A true Volunteer!!!

riversetvol writes:

What an embarrasment. Who we going to have next year, the guy who ran GM into the ground?

chiknleggs writes:

Way to go CPF!!! You have always been a class act and a true Volunteer!

Vol86 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

What an embarrasment. Who we going to have next year, the guy who ran GM into the ground?

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ONUV writes:

is this the best they could do? Fulmer has a lot of time on his hands these days since he can't find a coaching job.

orangecountyvols writes:

Knew it wouldn't take long for a nice topic to bring out the idiots.

Welcome, idiots.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

What an embarrasment. Who we going to have next year, the guy who ran GM into the ground?

Hey RR, dont want to disappoint you. How many has UT won in the last 59 years? And who did it. Oh yea, only 1 and it was the best UT coach in my lifetime. Fulmer you are still the man. Even though those who wanted him fired will never admit they couldve been wrong and those who wanted him to stay will never admit they were wrong, the fact is noone will ever know cause he was fired. You say he ran them into the ground. I say he was coaching them throug a rough spot. Dont just focus on his last year there. Remember he won the SEC East the year before he was fired. Its also a fact that UT's best years(for those of us under 70) were under Coach Phil Fulmer.

Colliervol writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Did that vocal "minority" include the 50,000 fans that I witnessed walking out of Neyland Stadium during the third quarter of the Florida game in 2008? Seems to me they spoke volumes with their actions and not their words. Certainly didn't look like a "minority" to me.

All those "supporters" must have been disguised as empty seats.

WytheVol writes:

in response to ONUV:

is this the best they could do? Fulmer has a lot of time on his hands these days since he can't find a coaching job.

Why so much hatred for a guy who still tries to give his all to Tennessee? I just don't get it. What did he ever do to you people? I've said many times that I supported change for the football program, but, for the life of me, I cannot understand why many of you hate him so bad...

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

PF will do stuff for Tennessee till the day he dies. He will always be involved in SOMETHING like Majors has been (and is again now).

WytheVol writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Did that vocal "minority" include the 50,000 fans that I witnessed walking out of Neyland Stadium during the third quarter of the Florida game in 2008? Seems to me they spoke volumes with their actions and not their words. Certainly didn't look like a "minority" to me.

All those "supporters" must have been disguised as empty seats.

If 50,000 represents the "majority" of our fans, then we have bigger problems than most thought. However, I've left many games early that were well in hand... for my team or not. That doesn't mean I'm calling for the coaches head.. Just sayin.

bullit writes:

Fulmer haters go away. You aren't fans, just an embarrassment to all of us who are true UT fans. You really have no respect here. Fly away little minded half-wits.

GerryOP writes:

Since UT is paying him, he might as well do something for the University.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to bullit:

Fulmer haters go away. You aren't fans, just an embarrassment to all of us who are true UT fans. You really have no respect here. Fly away little minded half-wits.

3/4 of those idiots bashing Fulmer still think Kiffin was "cool", "sick", and "dope".

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

What an embarrasment. Who we going to have next year, the guy who ran GM into the ground?

Sorry to inform of something, you insolent little sh*#, but Phillip Fulmer had winning seasons 15 out of 17 tries. He won a national championship. 2 SEC titles. 4 SEC championship appearances. Every program has ups and downs. It was a shame we were not patient with him and ran him off. He has still done more than the snot nosed punk that replaced him and the Division 1AA coach Hamilton has foisted upon us. Lay off CPF. It takes a lot of class to return to the place they fired you and still be a good ambassador. I hope Fulmer replaces Hamilton as AD. Then, we could get back to good old fashioned Tennessee values in the AD's office.

legalease (Inactive) writes:

As a former graduate of the UT College of Communication - I am furious. I know nothing about this man except that he coached at UT, took the taxpayers of this state for millions in a buy out and says "You Know" a ten times in one sentence. How is it again that he is qualified to speak as commencement? He had a line in Blind Side. This is why UT is nothing but a joke from an academic stand point. Sad.

TommyJack writes:

Stub-Hub. SRO

legalease (Inactive) writes:

in response to utclassof1992:

Sorry to inform of something, you insolent little sh*#, but Phillip Fulmer had winning seasons 15 out of 17 tries. He won a national championship. 2 SEC titles. 4 SEC championship appearances. Every program has ups and downs. It was a shame we were not patient with him and ran him off. He has still done more than the snot nosed punk that replaced him and the Division 1AA coach Hamilton has foisted upon us. Lay off CPF. It takes a lot of class to return to the place they fired you and still be a good ambassador. I hope Fulmer replaces Hamilton as AD. Then, we could get back to good old fashioned Tennessee values in the AD's office.

This is not, or rather, should not be about football. Who cares.

legalease (Inactive) writes:

in response to ONUV:

is this the best they could do? Fulmer has a lot of time on his hands these days since he can't find a coaching job.

No, didn't you hear? He has an agent and thinks he is gonna be the next Fred Thompson? LMAO

orangecountyvols writes:

UTclassof1992,

Could be part of this attitude toward Fulmer is a bit of jealousy..........how many of the ones with these attitude problems wish they had 2 daughters graduating at the same time, one with a Masters?

He may have left U T with a down program in 2008, but fact is, even if he had gone 12-0 that year, there are those who just plain don't like a person, or a coach. The nuisance caller "Small Mike" who was daily on the Sports Animal was such a person. Still conclude the Clawson hire was Phillip's demise. That offense was a Chinese fire drill, at best.

mjaichele#464960 writes:

Do chickens have large talons?

riversetvol writes:

in response to utclassof1992:

Sorry to inform of something, you insolent little sh*#, but Phillip Fulmer had winning seasons 15 out of 17 tries. He won a national championship. 2 SEC titles. 4 SEC championship appearances. Every program has ups and downs. It was a shame we were not patient with him and ran him off. He has still done more than the snot nosed punk that replaced him and the Division 1AA coach Hamilton has foisted upon us. Lay off CPF. It takes a lot of class to return to the place they fired you and still be a good ambassador. I hope Fulmer replaces Hamilton as AD. Then, we could get back to good old fashioned Tennessee values in the AD's office.

Good point about values there Class of 92. Would that include the 4 former Fulmer players who have been involved in fatal DUI accidents?
Really taught them values didn't he?

GOJO writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Did that vocal "minority" include the 50,000 fans that I witnessed walking out of Neyland Stadium during the third quarter of the Florida game in 2008? Seems to me they spoke volumes with their actions and not their words. Certainly didn't look like a "minority" to me.

All those "supporters" must have been disguised as empty seats.

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I hate to break the news to you, but I saw fans walk out when The General was coaching & the game was out of hand. I'll agree it was not 50,000 because there were not that many tickets available.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

Good point about values there Class of 92. Would that include the 4 former Fulmer players who have been involved in fatal DUI accidents?
Really taught them values didn't he?

4 out of how many hundred. They got themselves in trouble. You can lead the horse to water, but making him drink is another matter. Nice try, but in the words of your generation, FAIL!!!!

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to FreeTDTN:

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Please, go ahead, mail back your diploma. Maybe you could get one from USC. You dont understand greatness and values. I dont want you identifying as a UT alum.

legalease (Inactive) writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Lovely language. Sorry you are incorrect, I went on to law school (sadly UT) and am a very successful attorney and author. What about you? I also teach as an adjunct entertainment law - so I know a bit about media/communications. So hows that communications degree working out for you?

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to et_vol_fan:

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That is actually pretty good advice. Take care of yourself, deal with adversity, and and learn from your mistakes. And dont be a jerk. Nice advice there. Really!

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

UTclassof1992,

Could be part of this attitude toward Fulmer is a bit of jealousy..........how many of the ones with these attitude problems wish they had 2 daughters graduating at the same time, one with a Masters?

He may have left U T with a down program in 2008, but fact is, even if he had gone 12-0 that year, there are those who just plain don't like a person, or a coach. The nuisance caller "Small Mike" who was daily on the Sports Animal was such a person. Still conclude the Clawson hire was Phillip's demise. That offense was a Chinese fire drill, at best.

I doubt much of it is jealousy. It is mostly the instant gratification generation of today coupled with a case of selective memory on the part of the older fans. Win it all every year, or you "suck"! Act like a gangsta, or you are a "loser".

jzt writes:

I wonder if he will charge a fee to the unversity?

riversetvol writes:

in response to utclassof1992:

4 out of how many hundred. They got themselves in trouble. You can lead the horse to water, but making him drink is another matter. Nice try, but in the words of your generation, FAIL!!!!

If there was ever a Fulmer sheep it is you. In the eyes of the Fulmerites nothing is ever his fault. It's always someone else's.
Try taking a trip outside of Knox County sometime and see what the real world looks like.

vols2#227315 writes:

Rather have you coaching our football team than Doodley squat. You will definitely be a good speaker.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

If there was ever a Fulmer sheep it is you. In the eyes of the Fulmerites nothing is ever his fault. It's always someone else's.
Try taking a trip outside of Knox County sometime and see what the real world looks like.

I live in Nashville and have a pretty good idea of what the real world is like. I own a business, and am a veteran. What can you say for yourself. I know quality when I see it, and Fulmer was quality. Shame you cant appreciate it.

legalease (Inactive) writes:

in response to jzt:

I wonder if he will charge a fee to the unversity?

Now that is a good question!!! I remember when he spoke to a Knoxville Academy of Medicine function, everyone thought how nice of him to donate his time, when in reality he was charging $15,000 for his 15 minute speech. How on earth can you people think this is a good man?

riversetvol writes:

in response to utclassof1992:

I live in Nashville and have a pretty good idea of what the real world is like. I own a business, and am a veteran. What can you say for yourself. I know quality when I see it, and Fulmer was quality. Shame you cant appreciate it.

Well let's see. In 2008 we were #115 out of 119 teams in Total Offense and #111 in scoring offense. If that meets your definition of quality I would like to know what business you are in.
Oh, I forgot, It was all Clawson's fault.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

Well let's see. In 2008 we were #115 out of 119 teams in Total Offense and #111 in scoring offense. If that meets your definition of quality I would like to know what business you are in.
Oh, I forgot, It was all Clawson's fault.

Lose the facts, don the kevlar.

Some really still think Phil is still corch.

utclassof1992 writes:

in response to riversetvol:

Well let's see. In 2008 we were #115 out of 119 teams in Total Offense and #111 in scoring offense. If that meets your definition of quality I would like to know what business you are in.
Oh, I forgot, It was all Clawson's fault.

Well, lets see. 2 SEC championships, 4 championship game appearances. SECCG appearance and bowl victory the year before he was fired. 1 national championship. Bowl game 15 of 17 years. Averaged 9 wins a year. Winning percentage above .650. Numerous NFL players came from here under Fulmer. One year does not a career ruin. He is gone, but dogging him out after all he has done here is uncalled for. He was still quality, even if he did hire Clawson.

bullit writes:

in response to utclassof1992:

I live in Nashville and have a pretty good idea of what the real world is like. I own a business, and am a veteran. What can you say for yourself. I know quality when I see it, and Fulmer was quality. Shame you cant appreciate it.

Well said 1992. These people just don't get it. As Ron White says, You can't fix stupid. I cringe every time I think about a young recruit trying to find a school to attend and represent and reads some of these posts.
You are spot on on your responses.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

yes bullit, what was funny on here was during the 2008 season most posters in here were calling for PF's head. Hated him for losing. For having so many arrests of his players. Then the same bashers saw Fulmer's passion for the school with choked up tears on 11-03-08 and THEN THEY ALL WERE FOR HIM!

Amazing.

orangevolz writes:

in response to legalease:

Now that is a good question!!! I remember when he spoke to a Knoxville Academy of Medicine function, everyone thought how nice of him to donate his time, when in reality he was charging $15,000 for his 15 minute speech. How on earth can you people think this is a good man?

Sounds like you are jealous of a great man. You are such a tool.

brauhuff#295403 (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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I totally agree. Tennessee football will look back on 9-10 win seasons and players like Peyton Manning and will wonder what happened to the once proud program that will be playing in the Music City, Liberty, Chick Fil A and Papa Johns bowl about half of the time and staying home the rest of the time at 5-7 and 6-6

riversetvol writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Lose the facts, don the kevlar.

Some really still think Phil is still corch.

You are correct. I forgot, never confuse a Fulmerite with the facts!:-))

cloudodust writes:

The ol' lockeroom speech from a podium. I'll bet a dollar to a jelly donut Phil gives 'em a round of applause and claps like heck. BTW, how many of his recruits will walk by him on the stage, shake his hand...

tnsportsman writes:

in response to legalease:

As a former graduate of the UT College of Communication - I am furious. I know nothing about this man except that he coached at UT, took the taxpayers of this state for millions in a buy out and says "You Know" a ten times in one sentence. How is it again that he is qualified to speak as commencement? He had a line in Blind Side. This is why UT is nothing but a joke from an academic stand point. Sad.

Hey 'D Head' the tax payers of Tennessee are not out NOTHING! UTAD has a 105 Million Dollar Budget from DONORS, not tax payers!

Coach Fulmer is ALL VOL! His 17 years as Head Coach as earned him the right to do what ever the University of Tennessee ask him to do!

Coach Fulmer might have Screw Up his last 4 years as Head Coach, but make no mistake he earned the right to try and fix it. He didn't and that is why UT is on their 2nd Head Coach since Coach Fulmer!

Thanks Coach Fulmer for all you have done as a player and Head Coach at TENNESSEE!

WE ARE UT!

GO VOLS!

GOJO writes:

in response to legalease:

Lovely language. Sorry you are incorrect, I went on to law school (sadly UT) and am a very successful attorney and author. What about you? I also teach as an adjunct entertainment law - so I know a bit about media/communications. So hows that communications degree working out for you?

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You brag about how successful you have been (which cannot be verified from a screen name), admit you "went to" UT Law school, & yet have the audacity to dis the school. You must have been a child prodigy to overcome such a handicap as being at UT.
I'm evidently not near as brilliant as you, but the two degrees I received from UT over 50 years ago have kept bread on the table & shoes on my feet. Thank God for UT.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

I totally agree. Tennessee football will look back on 9-10 win seasons and players like Peyton Manning and will wonder what happened to the once proud program that will be playing in the Music City, Liberty, Chick Fil A and Papa Johns bowl about half of the time and staying home the rest of the time at 5-7 and 6-6

I hope you are wrong , but think fans will be wishing for 9 wins a year. Fulmer spoiled UT fans with amazing success in the first 6 years. I remember many fans starting in 99 calling for Fulmers job because he only won 9 games. Then followed it up with several 8 to 11 win season through 2004, but that wasnt good enough for some fans. Then the worst years of his career started in 2005 till 2008. w During his worst 4 years he averaged just over 7 wins and 5 losses a year and won the SEC East . So even if people want to only focus on the worst years of his career, he still didnt do too bad. Loyalty meant nothing and he wasnt given a chance to right the ship again. Now most fans are just hoping to win 6 to 8 games this year and were happy with 7-6 last year because of "lack of talent Fulmer left" they told us. I guess those 9 players that signed with the NFL werent talented huh? Plus ones like G Jones and D Moore, plus the 13 or so players Kiffin ran off. I guess Kiffin wasnt so hot after all. UT would be in better shape now if they had kept Fulmer, but Dooley's the man now and he has my support. If the ones calling for Fulmers job hold every coach at UT to the standard they held Fulmer, I doubt any coach will be around long. And Fulmer won a NC and was a dedicated lifelong Vol through and through. Championships or hit the road. I hope I'm wrong, but the way things look now I think we will be hoping for 9 wins a year.

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