Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer denied Wednesday he has been contacted by Arkansas about the school’s coaching vacancy.
“I have not been contacted by Arkansas,’’ Fulmer said. “But I think Arkansas is a great place.’’
Former UT assistant football coach Doug Mathews told 104.5 FM in Nashville on Tuesday that the Razorbacks have reached out to Fulmer, who has not coached since his 17-year-tenure with the Vols ended at the conclusion of the 2008 season.
“I know Phillip has had conversations with them,” said Mathews, who was an assistant at UT from 1980-89. “And when I say them, all that is going to take place behind the scenes.”
Fulmer, 61, indicated the opening at Arkansas does intrigue him.
“When I left Tennessee, I was asked if I would coach again, and I said I would consider it if it was at a place where I could compete for a championship,’’ Fulmer said. “Arkansas does qualify as that kind of place, as there is a very solid foundation there.’’
Fulmer, who led the Vols to the 1998 BCS national championship and compiled a 152-52 (.744) record and 96-34 (.738) SEC mark with the Vols during his coaching tenure from 1992-2008, was fired by Tennessee in the midst of a 5-7 season.
The Vols appeared in their fifth SEC championship game under Fulmer’s guidance, losing 21-14 to eventual-national champion LSU, less than one year before his dismissal, which came with three games remaining in the 2008 season.
Fulmer, who played offensive line for the Vols from 1969-71 and served as a team captain, was among eight coaches on the 2012 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.
The class will be announced May 15.