Fulmer says Minnesota 'not a good fit'

Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer is not ruling out a return to coaching. It just won't be at Minnesota.

“It would have to be the right opportunity,'' Fulmer said Thursday night.

Fulmer, 60, confirmed a report by WNML radio that he said the vacant Minnesota job is "not a good fit" for him.

Fulmer said Tuesday that he felt the Minnesota job had potential, though he stopped short of saying he would take the job if offered.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Fulmer was among the possible candidates.

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wally writes:

I guess he received word that they weren't interested.

AncientVolFan writes:

Smart move.

ThurmondEppy writes:

"Fulmer, who has not COACH in two seasons..."
C'mon KNS.

everydayisorange writes:

I had hoped that he would take the job. Good luck anyway coach!

Orange4LifeVol writes:

In other words,Minnesota doesn't have CPF on its short list. Fulmer denies interest to give the appearance it's his decision. Seriously coach, you wouldn't think twice about accepting if a program actually kicked your tires. Best plan is to keep your broadcasting gig & hang up the whistle for good. You had a nice run but I don't see you bottling lightning.

realmenwearorange writes:

good i like Fulmer he has done great things at UT!!!

everydayisorange writes:

in response to Orange4LifeVol:

In other words,Minnesota doesn't have CPF on its short list. Fulmer denies interest to give the appearance it's his decision. Seriously coach, you wouldn't think twice about accepting if a program actually kicked your tires. Best plan is to keep your broadcasting gig & hang up the whistle for good. You had a nice run but I don't see you bottling lightning.

Unnecessary post. Allthough I believe it was the right move to fire him, I still think he could coach in the right situation. Maybe Colorado!

TommyJack writes:

I'm guessing MN showed little interest in him.

al2476 writes:

Coach Fulmer was a great coach for UT and he is still true to Tn. Some that write here seems to hate a man that is all orange and loves UT. Get over it.

miamiVOL writes:

Fulmer and his camp are "holding out" for the UNC job, but he won't even get a call for an interview.

salute_to_the_hill writes:

Some of these posts just upset me. Coach Fulmer did great things here. I understand his time was up at UT but lets not hate on a true Tennessee Vol!!!

vol94 writes:

in response to everydayisorange:

Unnecessary post. Allthough I believe it was the right move to fire him, I still think he could coach in the right situation. Maybe Colorado!

I totally disagree. Orange4life's post was accurate. Fulmer's coaching days are over but he has a good broadcasting career now.

bullit writes:

Miss ya Phil

Quick hating. He has done more for UT than you ever have or ever will.

Jealously is a sad thing to watch.

neyland_best_coach writes:

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101stDad writes:

I'm sure he worked like heck checkin' the film on the Golden Gophers before deciding not to interview them.

Coach Fulmer was a very good college football coach - a decade ago. He isn't getting any interest now because the game passed him by in his last 5 years or so at UT.

everydayisorange writes:

in response to vol94:

I totally disagree. Orange4life's post was accurate. Fulmer's coaching days are over but he has a good broadcasting career now.

As I said in my post, FHCPF still can coach, especially in the right situation such as Colorado. He became complacent in his job at UT, but I believe he would be energized to take over a fb program now. I guess we can agree to disagree! GBO!!!

Mansonlamps writes:

Fulmer won't get a sniff at any school worth its salt. Can't understand why he can't get over his bitterness, move on, and live off the millions he and fellow UT alum Jimmy Sexton bilked from the university.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

Just go away FULMER , KNS this guy is old news .

cltvol writes:

Fulmer was a poor coach once Cutcliffe's influence wore off the first time,,say 2001 ish as the lack of team discipline finally overcame the best talent in conference, maybe the country, and SEC championship was blown. Then he had a good run with Cut and Eric Ainge. Then he returned to old form. He could not succeed w/out Cutcliffe is bottom line.

cltvol writes:

in response to NachoDaddy_76:

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hawgwash. Overpaid underacheiver the last 10 years. Lucky to have Cutcliffe to get him as far as he got.

GerryOP writes:

Cutcliffe and Chavis had no interest in moving to Bloomington.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to bullit:

Miss ya Phil

Quick hating. He has done more for UT than you ever have or ever will.

Jealously is a sad thing to watch.

Some people live to hate. Seems like a sad existence, but it's the life they choose. I have relatives back in Tennessee that hate anyone who doesn't look like them, vote like them, worship like them or live like them. I've noticed that any story about Coach Fulmer gives people like them a forum to express that hatred.

everydayisorange writes:

I don't know, maybe I've missed somethig. I just don't understand why some on here hate PF so badly. He gave his all for Tn. but some still don't give him any respect. I don' t wish any ill fate on him or jhonny or even Kiffen. They all served their purpose here. Some day maybe all will resect the job Fulmer did here along with all the other head coaches that served here at the greatest university on the planet. JMHO GBO!!

jeffmoore126 (Inactive) writes:

in response to salute_to_the_hill:

Some of these posts just upset me. Coach Fulmer did great things here. I understand his time was up at UT but lets not hate on a true Tennessee Vol!!!

Yes indeed! Talk about some mean spirited comments.

smokeybitesback writes:

Some of you people on here don't even need to call yourselves VOL Fans..hating on a coach that had some of the best years in UT history.the only reason our fan bases expectations are because of the things that Phillip Fullmer did.you haters SUCK and know nothing about being a true, orange bleeding VOL FAN..and everyone on here putting blame at Fullmers door are just stupid.this is all Hamiltons fault..Yes Phil needed to go, but not the way it happened..If that doesn't happen then we don't get stuck with LAME and we don't end up with a coach that leaves in the middle of the night right before signing day.That's why our great school got turned down by great coaches..No respectable coach is going to up and leave another respectable program right after recruiting young men to come play for him.I like dooley, im behind dooley because he is our coach and he got stuck in a bad situation and i hope he and our team gets better but i do not think that Dooley is a SEC caliber coach..Thank you Phil for all you did for Tennessee and our GREAT university..All of you cry baby Fulmer haters don't deserve to wear UT ORANGE or even call yourself a UT fan..Go to H**L..Or out west with LAME

CHITOWNVOL writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Cutcliffe and Chavis had no interest in moving to Bloomington.

now that was funny

TommyJack writes:

in response to KingFulmer:

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Does the sweat glisten on your partner as he bench presses? Bwahahahaha

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to wally:

I guess he received word that they weren't interested.

That is EXACTLY what happened!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

Nobody hates Phil. Some of us are sick and tired of the Fulmerphiles that keep spouting garbage about hating him - hating Tennessee - WHATEVER!

When he was fired an ESPN poll showed that 80% of football fans did NOT want him as a coach. Fulmer was known to be a great recruiter and a mediocre game day coach.

The decline in the program from '99 forward was dramatic:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

Saying that 'Real football think Phil is heckuva coach' is BS -- In God I trust - everyone else bring data.

Here are what many fans thought of Phil:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/35...

http://www.faniq.com/blog/2007-Most-O...

http://weisnd.blogspot.com/2008/07/mo...

Now show me the 'love' blogs for Phil.
Show me football lists were he's listed as one of the great coaches. You'll need to make them up.

The graduation rates under Fulmer were poor - as was his arrest record. He screwed over his boss to get the job. He lost is edge in recruiting - and barely had a 0.500 SEC record in his last few years.

As for the Fat jokes - if you're obese people and an athletic coach people are going to joke about your weight- Phil has both the time and financial resources to lose weight and he doesn't do so the jokes are going to come.

Tom Landry was the most innovative coach I ever saw - reintroduction of shotgun, flex defense, etc. And he needed to go.

So yes - I'm sick and tired of hearing about Phil - Thank you for the early years -- He made a lot of money - and if you can't stand the heat - get out of the kitchen (no metaphor intended).

Phil pushed the program to mediocrity.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to everydayisorange:

Unnecessary post. Allthough I believe it was the right move to fire him, I still think he could coach in the right situation. Maybe Colorado!

Look, as much as I completely agreed with the choice to let him go, he really has nothing to prove. Regardless of what anyone thinks of him, he won the first BCS Championship. No one can ever take that away from him. And, he did it with a 13 - 0 record. He also finally exorcised his eternal demon by beating Spurrier in Gainesville before the Ole Ball Coach skedaddled to the NFL.

The ULTIMATE idiot move for him would be to take a rebuild job like Minnesota or even Colorado. I know he fancies himself as still very capable big time coach, but he should LET IT GO!!!! Trying to prove he was prematurely put out to pasture or that he's still got it will just get him a heart attack. My advice to him now is the same as it was then (when he was forced out). Go coach for love of the game somewhere where there are no expectations and no pressure. I just remember the "Dadgum" years looking so hard on him. It ain't worth dying over. Go coach a high school team or UT Martin, but somewhere where you can just coach. Take my advice Phil.

Vols_For_The_Win writes:

Couldn't have anything to do with the fact that it's winter 9 months of the year there, could it?

It's only a perfect fit for a polar bear or an eskimo.

VolinCalif writes:

Well I'm not very smart but I believe that a head Coach is the Pres. of the org. and as such his true purpose is to get the correct people to support his Org. and views. Joe P. had his problems for a few years and so did Bobby B. You name a long time coach and he had a little trouble getting or keeping his selected crew. CPF had a great crew for a while the trouble was keeping it in tack. Then he wanted to change and really scr...w up. All that doesn't mean Football really passed him by as such. He had just been too successful to be allowed any mistakes or changes that were not instantly successful. I too thought it was time for a change but would have liked for it to be smoother and to get a great coach in line before the deed was done. I did think that Kiffin would get the job done and I think that Dooley will also bring UT back. It just may take a couple of years. UT is a great program and that stands for it's self, they will be back sooner than later.

boogimn3 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Duke...Where have all those "real football people" been the last 2 years?? Fulmer has gotten zero offers, not even from La Tech...Surely there was a community college somewhere that needed a has-been, but no, nothing...

flatrock writes:

Phil may be waiting for the only offensive co-ordinator he ever trusted, David Cutcliffe,
to flame out at Duke, so that they can team
up again before finally hanging up their whistles for good. Don't see him as the next U.T. athletic director- he might have a trigger
finger that would be too itchy and not be willing to give Derek Dooley the time he needs to replenish the Vol roster.

LiveFaith writes:

in response to jcherrie#219531:

Nobody hates Phil. Some of us are sick and tired of the Fulmerphiles that keep spouting garbage about hating him - hating Tennessee - WHATEVER!

When he was fired an ESPN poll showed that 80% of football fans did NOT want him as a coach. Fulmer was known to be a great recruiter and a mediocre game day coach.

The decline in the program from '99 forward was dramatic:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

Saying that 'Real football think Phil is heckuva coach' is BS -- In God I trust - everyone else bring data.

Here are what many fans thought of Phil:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/35...

http://www.faniq.com/blog/2007-Most-O...

http://weisnd.blogspot.com/2008/07/mo...

Now show me the 'love' blogs for Phil.
Show me football lists were he's listed as one of the great coaches. You'll need to make them up.

The graduation rates under Fulmer were poor - as was his arrest record. He screwed over his boss to get the job. He lost is edge in recruiting - and barely had a 0.500 SEC record in his last few years.

As for the Fat jokes - if you're obese people and an athletic coach people are going to joke about your weight- Phil has both the time and financial resources to lose weight and he doesn't do so the jokes are going to come.

Tom Landry was the most innovative coach I ever saw - reintroduction of shotgun, flex defense, etc. And he needed to go.

So yes - I'm sick and tired of hearing about Phil - Thank you for the early years -- He made a lot of money - and if you can't stand the heat - get out of the kitchen (no metaphor intended).

Phil pushed the program to mediocrity.

** Phil pushed the program to mediocrity. **

Oh, what an improvement that would be! :-D

Halls3 writes:

in response to jcherrie#219531:

Nobody hates Phil. Some of us are sick and tired of the Fulmerphiles that keep spouting garbage about hating him - hating Tennessee - WHATEVER!

When he was fired an ESPN poll showed that 80% of football fans did NOT want him as a coach. Fulmer was known to be a great recruiter and a mediocre game day coach.

The decline in the program from '99 forward was dramatic:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

Saying that 'Real football think Phil is heckuva coach' is BS -- In God I trust - everyone else bring data.

Here are what many fans thought of Phil:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/35...

http://www.faniq.com/blog/2007-Most-O...

http://weisnd.blogspot.com/2008/07/mo...

Now show me the 'love' blogs for Phil.
Show me football lists were he's listed as one of the great coaches. You'll need to make them up.

The graduation rates under Fulmer were poor - as was his arrest record. He screwed over his boss to get the job. He lost is edge in recruiting - and barely had a 0.500 SEC record in his last few years.

As for the Fat jokes - if you're obese people and an athletic coach people are going to joke about your weight- Phil has both the time and financial resources to lose weight and he doesn't do so the jokes are going to come.

Tom Landry was the most innovative coach I ever saw - reintroduction of shotgun, flex defense, etc. And he needed to go.

So yes - I'm sick and tired of hearing about Phil - Thank you for the early years -- He made a lot of money - and if you can't stand the heat - get out of the kitchen (no metaphor intended).

Phil pushed the program to mediocrity.

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dyerbey#281598 writes:

Fire Hamilton,hire Fulmer.

jobrando#216494 writes:

PHIL, Good move. If Saban goes to Dallas you will be a shoe in for the job. YOU GOT TO BE PATIENT.

Singaporehillbilly writes:

This clears the path for CPF to be the next AD. I can not wait for Hammy to be booted out the door.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Most have their day in the sun.

Many know when it's over.

Some never do.

Things never stay the same including unveiling black and orange Tenn shirts.

easleychuck writes:

In my opinion, Coach Fulmer will not coach again.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

** Phil pushed the program to mediocrity. **

Oh, what an improvement that would be! :-D

TOUCHE!!! Congratulations, you just scored a knockout. Sure hope we beat Memphis to go with those 2 wins over UT Martin and UAB.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say Phil mentioned them, they never mentioned him. Witch Doctor say Phil done in sports, he burned too many bridges to ever coach again...maybe high school.
Bones never lie.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to Halls3:

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Haters are not impressed by facts. They just live to hate. When you're around these people, all they want to talk about is how much they hate various individuals, groups, races, religions, political parties, etc. I've learned not to waste my time trying to present them with facts, they just turn a deaf ear. They enjoy hating too much to be deterred by facts.

irishman writes:

To all you Monday morning quarterbacks that have never even put on a college football helment: Back off. Coach Fulmer was the best thing to happen to UT football since General Neyland. UT is NOT like evey other win-at-all-costs team. We value principle, tradition AND winning. The shape our team is in now is a result of the arm-chair quarterbacks (including our own Mike Hamilton). We all support Coach Dooley, but he's having to live with the mistakes of the likes of Hamilton. And yes, Coach Fulmer would make a great Athletic Director at UT.

mtowntim writes:

in response to KingFulmer:

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tea party fan? You decide.

Phooey, edited again!

TommyJack writes:

in response to irishman:

To all you Monday morning quarterbacks that have never even put on a college football helment: Back off. Coach Fulmer was the best thing to happen to UT football since General Neyland. UT is NOT like evey other win-at-all-costs team. We value principle, tradition AND winning. The shape our team is in now is a result of the arm-chair quarterbacks (including our own Mike Hamilton). We all support Coach Dooley, but he's having to live with the mistakes of the likes of Hamilton. And yes, Coach Fulmer would make a great Athletic Director at UT.

Yeah, he should be reward again for steering the football ships onto the rocks. Sheesh?

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Dont have to ask anybody.Fulmer has been UNemployed for 2 years going and for a reason.
Mn must not of believed he was or is a good coach.As A matter of fact,who has shown any interest in your idol fulmer ?

AncientVolFan writes:

in response to Halls3:

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One question for most fans, would you prefer a overweight coach in the future who goes 152-52, or a thin coach that goes 52-152?
Is the important factor the coaches weight or his winning record? Shall we put some thin 175 pound players in on the offensive line for their better appearance? I'm sure they won't be lazy and will block 290 pound defensive linemen with great vigor. Ask our quarterbacks which they prefer.

brod writes:

i think some of you'll have the right idea. fulmer should settle for a small school.

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