The Phillip Fulmer Era
Phillip Fulmer was a first-ballot selection Tuesday for College Football Hall of Fame enshrinement.
Fulmer becomes the third University of Tennessee coach to be selected in the coaching category, joining Robert Neyland and Doug Dickey.
Johnny Majors and Bowden Wyatt were inducted as players, along with 17 other Vols.
Fulmer coached the Vols for three games as interim head coach in 1992 then took over full time in 1993.
He went 152-52 as head coach, a .745 winning percentage, until he was forced to resign effective at the end of the 2008 season.
Induction criteria require a coach be retired for three years. Fulmer was one of eight coaches on the ballot. Coaches have to have won 60 percent of their games over a career of at least 100 games.
Fulmer’s most celebrated season was 1998 when the Vols went 13-0 and won the BCS national championship.
He also won an SEC title in 1997. His teams represented the Eastern Division in the SEC Championship Game in 2001, 2004 and 2007.
Fulmer, a native of Winchester, Tenn., played on the offensive line at UT, lettering from 1969-71. He was an assistant coach for the Vols from 1980-92.
The Hall of Fame is located in South Bend, Ind., but is moving to Atlanta in 2014.
Fulmer and the other new members of the 2012 class will be inducted Dec. 4 in New York.
The other two coaches selected were R. C. Slocum of Texas A&M and Jimmy Johnson, who coached at Oklahoma State and Miami.
Three ex-Vols were among 76 players on the ballot: Willie Gault, Paul Naumoff, and Bobby Majors. None were selected.
Chip Kell was the most recent Vol selected, in 2006.
Neyland was elected in 1956, Dickey in 2003.
The 2012 players selected:
Charles Alexander, LSU; Otis Armstrong, Purdue; Steve Bartkowski, California; Hal Bedsole, Southern California; Dave Casper, Notre Dame; Ty Detmer, BYU; Tommy Kramer, Rice; Art Monk, Syracuse; Greg Myers, Colorado State; Jonathan Ogden, UCLA; Gabe Rivera, Texas Tech; Mark Simoneau, Kansas State; Scott Thomas, Air Force; and John Wooten, Colorado.