John Adams: Phillip Fulmer needs to look in a mirror before assessing blame

John Adams
Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, center, is splashed with water as he hugs center Josh McNeil after an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 28-10. Tennessee's Ramon Foster (78) looks on. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

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Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, center, is splashed with water as he hugs center Josh McNeil after an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 28-10. Tennessee's Ramon Foster (78) looks on. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Phillip Fulmer was fired five years ago as Tennessee’s football coach. He still hasn’t figured out why.

“What happened to us basically was our leadership,” Fulmer told a reporter from Al.com while attending SEC BeachFest in Gulf Shores, Ala., this past weekend.

He wasn’t referring to the leadership of the football program.

“We had four presidents in six years,” Fulmer said in explaining UT’s fall from football prominence. “We ended up with an athletic director that wasn’t prepared for the job. He got twisted like a pretzel by the middle management of the university.

“We lost a lot of edges that you have to have.”

Maybe UT’s revolving presidential door didn’t benefit the football program. And who could deny that former athletic director Mike Hamilton makes a wonderful target if you’re playing the blame game.

But the man most responsible for the decline of UT football was Fulmer.

The same coach who helped build Tennessee into a national champion in 1998 eventually ran the program into the ground.

“We lost a lot of edges,” he said.

In fact, Fulmer lost his edge.

His recruiting dropped off. His hires weren’t as good. And he couldn’t keep up with the competition when other SEC schools upgraded their coaching.

Of course, Fulmer doesn’t see it that way. He never did.

When a last-minute drive against Alabama swerved off course in 1994, Fulmer cited a poor decision by then freshman quarterback Peyton Manning.

When Florida blitzed the Vols 62-37 in 1995, Fulmer singled out Larry Binion for an awful punt.

When the Vols were overwhelmed by Kansas State in the 2001 Cotton Bowl, Fulmer’s telling postgame quote was directed at offensive coordinator Randy Sanders.

“I don’t know what Randy was thinking,” Fulmer said.

The 5-7 season of 2008 was characterized by Fulmer as a “perfect storm,” as though a series of supernatural events had combined to sabotage the program. If pressed on the subject, Fulmer probably would have thrown his first-year offensive coordinator (Dave Clawson) and his quarterback (Jonathan Crompton) under the bus.

Anybody but the head coach.

Hamilton swung and missed a lot as an athletic director. But he was right about the football program.

He knew it was headed in the wrong direction under Fulmer. That was never more evident than in 2005 when a Tennessee team loaded with future NFL players went 5-6.

Three years later, the talent was nowhere close to that. The three coaches that followed all have had to play catch-up.

And playing catch-up in the SEC means you’re running up a steep hill, as former coach Derek Dooley would attest. He was replaced by Butch Jones after a third consecutive losing season in 2012.

But Dooley took his multi-million-dollar buyout like a man. He found another job and didn’t blame anyone.

Fulmer was a huge factor in Tennessee’s success, first as an offensive coordinator in the late 1980s and early 1990s, then in taking the program to the highest level as a head coach in the mid-to-late 1990s when he recruited as well as any coach in the country.

He never had a problem taking the credit for that.

But when he was fired, the program was in far worse shape than when he succeeded Johnny Majors in 1993.

And, in Fulmer’s mind, that’s all on somebody else.

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tnvolfan16 writes:

Finally, someone in the media in town has spoken the absolute truth. Not that Coach Fulmer did not have his day, but just because he had his day ten years earlier does not mean he gets a job for life. You may like Coach Fulmer, but you cannot deny anything said in this article.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

I usually don't agree with Adams but he hit the bullseye on this one.

vorangel writes:

The game had passed Fulmer by. It's foolish to argue otherwise. He would not succeed now if some misguided program gave him a chance.
The decline began in the second half of the 2001 SEC championship game against LSU.
Fulmer needs to bask in the glow of 1998 because he had it figured out. Take your bows then go away quietly, Coach.

Volborn writes:

Well John, did Coach Fulmer give you a wedgie last night at Calhouns? Although I agree with you, let it go. Fulmer has been gone for nearly 5 years now. No need to try to get him fired all over again.

cyclonevol87 writes:

Why must we live in the past,why cant we look to the future which looks so bright WHY?

IdahoVol writes:

in response to Volborn:

Well John, did Coach Fulmer give you a wedgie last night at Calhouns? Although I agree with you, let it go. Fulmer has been gone for nearly 5 years now. No need to try to get him fired all over again.

Like him or not, Adams simply wrote an article on comments that Fulmer made. Last I checked that is part of his job. And I happen to agree with his take on all of this.

tensie2004 writes:

John Adams is 100% correct on this issue. Fulmer did help build us into a powerhouse in the late 80's and into the 90's but he also led us in the opposite direction shortly after the 2002 season.

snafu14u#241639 writes:

Fairly stated as it was Fulmer's decision to hire Clawson as it was Dooley's decision to hire Sunseri. And Hamilton with all the good intentions in the Big Orange Universe was simply in over his head. This is an excellent opportunity to close this subject matter forever. Or whenever Fulmer brings it up. And I did hate to see Chavis go. Bonzai Vol

atnvol#283282 writes:

Yes Fulmer let things get by him and never recovered. I can remember in 1999 he was really feeling his oats after winning the BCS NC. That was the beginning of the end for him....remember losing to Arkansas in '99....never should have happened.

All of that makes me think about John Adams and how he has been losing his edge also...since his demotion as editor.

Sunshine27 writes:

Thank you John Adams!
Perfectly said!! I've said from day 1 Fulmer had his day, but our digression falls in his lap...100%. He quit, got lazy, got fat, felt because he had a few good years that the kids would come to him...no chance. He's not that big of a personality to carry any program. He and many of his assistants were the laughing stocks of college football because of their girth. He was also guilty of not paying his coaches worth a damn....no recruiting means no success...thanks again Fulmer. We are where we are because YOU quit.

vol1994 writes:

Spot on John. Coaches get credit when their teams win and they deserve blame when they lose.
I am very appreciative to Fulmer but I agree w/ many that Fulmer did not coach against the elite in the 90's. Jim Donnan (sp) was @ UGA, Sherrill at Miss ST, Brad Scott @ USCjr, Mike Dubose @ Bama, Denardo @ LSU, and so on. None of those coaches compare to Saban, Richt, Miles, Sumlin, etc. Spurrier was the best coach of the SEC and outcoached Fulmer, and many others, in the 90's.

Again, I am very grateful to Fulmer but recruiting took a dive when Saban, Richt, Miles, etc entered the SEC. The Vols won most of their games as they had more talent, not x's and o's- jmo. Fulmer struggled when Saban (LSU and Bama) and other elite coaches entered the SEC.

I wish Fulmer would admit he made mistakes and not throw others under the bus, as he is the one who endorsed Hamilton.

clemvol writes:

A Head coach like the head of any business is only as good as the people you surround yourself with. Coach Fulmer experienced what happens when you no longer have the right pieces. Given that, yes he had his day in the sun but my god lets move onto some football before someone else writes an article about what dooley has to say why he was fired. You know, just quit distracting the team, the fans and the upcoming season. It's time for football not patio talk.

thevoice writes:

Fair statements. But what did Hamilton have to do with the success or lack thereof of the football program?

MikeNPS writes:

I can only repeat what others have posted. John's comments are absolutely correct.

alfrizzle097 writes:

What an assinine article. It ignores the highly ranked recruiting classes the year before Fulmer was fired (the year they PLAYED THE NATIONAL CHAMPION IN THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIP) and the year he was fired.

There was nothing wrong with the talent before they had two coaching changes in two years.

What a hack job.

edee writes:

Way to go John Adams...finally something that makes sense.....Fulmer, you were the coach,but, the last few years..you stood on the sidelines with your arms folded like a spectator. As someone else said you quit coaching, before you were fired. Yet you go to ETSU help select a coach, take money for I don't know what, and pretend on TV, you were naturally the one who should have been asked to help. You should have said NO, Dr. Nolen, I quit coaching long before I was fired. You did have some very good years at UT..but, they have long since passed. And now you step up with your blame game. I'm not buying it and many others don't either.

vol1994 writes:

in response to thevoice:

Fair statements. But what did Hamilton have to do with the success or lack thereof of the football program?

Fulmer was quoted stating Hamilton was over his head as AD. That is the part that gets me as Fulmer campaigned for Hammy.

The AD is responsible for making solid decisions. Giving Fulmer an extension and raise after 07 season was plain idiocy, as many alumni felt Fulmer should have been fired after 05, as we were #3 in the preseason poll but finished below 500.

ModelMaker writes:

I think Adams hit it right on. It's exactly the way I saw it. Fulmer was not keeping up with the competition. He was getting out recruited and out coached. It seemed to me that when he lost David Cutcliffe things went down hill from there on. When you are the head man you have to surround yourself with great people and you have to be very good yourself or you won't make it.

Teresa writes:

John still after Phil. Time to give it up. The reason Fulmer is interviewed a lot is because he's part of events such as the current one in Florida. A Hall of Fame Coach. Dooley is an assistant at Dallas and not a fixture at national media events. Jeez.

KNS has some fine writers, but I skip Adams' columns. I just read this one due to a reporter's tweet about the Adams vs Fulmer still existing.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

John Adams has gone where others have walked on egg shells about Fulmer's dismissal. I give the man some serious kudos for not writing a bunch of feel good articles. Fulmer was his own worst enemy, no matter how bad Hamilton botched the athletic department. Fulmer botched the football program and mostly because of his ego. He hated to admit that Cutcliffe and Chavis were the main reasons for his continued success and ironically they are both still coaching while Phil simply begs for employment with Kansas, Louisville or any 2nd tier position that comes down the pike.

oldster writes:

John Adams hates and always hated Phil Fulmer. He hated him because he thought Fulmer gave players too many chances after screwing up. Adams, for example, was a big reason why Fulmer ended up sitting Nilo Sylvan for his senior season when a girl lied on him. The lie was found out after Nilo lost his senior season and any chance of proving his worth as a pro. Adams has YET to accept any of the blame for this. He fails to acknowledge his own shortcomings and has the gall to blame others for having the same failures. HYPOCRIT. Beyond that Hamilton was WRONG about the football program. Had he not fired Fulmer the Vols would have had a better past 4 years than they have enjoyed. Also, if someone needs to get "thrown under the bus" for Fulmer's last year it is Daniel Lincoln. He missed easily makeable field goals against both UCLA and Auburn, which, had he made would have prevented Hamilton from firing Fulmer before the Wyoming game which, in turn, would have prevented that loss and, again in turn, would have led to an overall 8 win season and an automatic contract extension for Fulmer.

TennesseeTuxedo writes:

John Adams hit Phil Fulmer accurately between the eyes.

The Emperor had no clothes on and he never understood that.

ashvol writes:

Opining sure is easy.

exlineman writes:

If fans will look at the season immediately following the NC game, I believe we had something like 15 players drafted in the NFL, but wound up losing 3-4 games. I stand to be corrected on the exact figures, as this is from memory. With such a group of talent, Fulmer should have won a second NC. He didn't know what to do with the great talent that he had. I believe also, it was obvious in a number of games that he overruled Randy Sanders in calling offensive plays. It would be nice to hear Randy's side of the story. Fulmer was always a brown nosing coach who got politics from the state leg. involved in picking him as head coach. Franklin cty. is a hot bed for strong state politics.

NGage writes:

in response to Volborn:

Well John, did Coach Fulmer give you a wedgie last night at Calhouns? Although I agree with you, let it go. Fulmer has been gone for nearly 5 years now. No need to try to get him fired all over again.

It can't be let go because Coach Fulmer keeps running his mouth...blaming everyone but himself. This Adams article was in response to Fulmer granting yet another interview where he, Coach Fulmer, refuses to let it go.

vol1994 writes:

in response to oldster:

John Adams hates and always hated Phil Fulmer. He hated him because he thought Fulmer gave players too many chances after screwing up. Adams, for example, was a big reason why Fulmer ended up sitting Nilo Sylvan for his senior season when a girl lied on him. The lie was found out after Nilo lost his senior season and any chance of proving his worth as a pro. Adams has YET to accept any of the blame for this. He fails to acknowledge his own shortcomings and has the gall to blame others for having the same failures. HYPOCRIT. Beyond that Hamilton was WRONG about the football program. Had he not fired Fulmer the Vols would have had a better past 4 years than they have enjoyed. Also, if someone needs to get "thrown under the bus" for Fulmer's last year it is Daniel Lincoln. He missed easily makeable field goals against both UCLA and Auburn, which, had he made would have prevented Hamilton from firing Fulmer before the Wyoming game which, in turn, would have prevented that loss and, again in turn, would have led to an overall 8 win season and an automatic contract extension for Fulmer.

I disagree Oldster. UT should NOT have been in the position they were in vs UCLA and Auburn as we had more talent. I won't blame a game on one kid, as there are plenty of opportunities in a sixty minute game.

Fulmer lost his edge, the players didn't respond, attendance was horrible, and our passing game was nonexistent in 08.
The head coach is responsible for every facet of the game which is why he is paid millions of dollars annually. Fulmer deserved to be fired.

UkJarhead writes:

Isn't this the same coach that won you a Championship and was in the SEC title game the year before he was fired? He won 6 SEC division titles, 2 SEC championships, a National Championship. He was 152-52. You people are nuts. What would you give to be in that position now? 100 years from now great men will write sonnets about how the Knoxville media and fans ran off a great coach. I just wish he would coach somewhere now and be successful. Be careful what you wish for...

ReeseHallRelic writes:

Hmmmm... kinda waiting to hear from good ole Wilted Jeffy...... if he didn't blow an artery while reading this article.

NGage writes:

in response to thevoice:

Fair statements. But what did Hamilton have to do with the success or lack thereof of the football program?

Whatever part, big or small, that Hamilton had in our demise...let's remember the one thing neither the al.com article, nor the Adams article made clear -- Coach Fulmer championed, vouched, and campaigned for Hamilton to get the AD job.

NGage writes:

in response to Teresa:

John still after Phil. Time to give it up. The reason Fulmer is interviewed a lot is because he's part of events such as the current one in Florida. A Hall of Fame Coach. Dooley is an assistant at Dallas and not a fixture at national media events. Jeez.

KNS has some fine writers, but I skip Adams' columns. I just read this one due to a reporter's tweet about the Adams vs Fulmer still existing.

So he should stick to commenting on current events ,and stop rehashing...and revising, history.

These kinds of articles and posts only come up in response to Coach Fulmer trying to recast the past.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to exlineman:

If fans will look at the season immediately following the NC game, I believe we had something like 15 players drafted in the NFL, but wound up losing 3-4 games. I stand to be corrected on the exact figures, as this is from memory. With such a group of talent, Fulmer should have won a second NC. He didn't know what to do with the great talent that he had. I believe also, it was obvious in a number of games that he overruled Randy Sanders in calling offensive plays. It would be nice to hear Randy's side of the story. Fulmer was always a brown nosing coach who got politics from the state leg. involved in picking him as head coach. Franklin cty. is a hot bed for strong state politics.

Good remarks, I believe Fulmer pulled the reins on Sanders & Clawson, neither could have been that bad of a coach. It was obvious when Lloyd Carr's UM squad was dismantled that Phil could have cherry picked from that staff. He failed to do so and that forced Mallett to transfer to Arky and Clawson from Richmond to UT. The move just didn't make sense and UT's current athletes had no clue how to operate Clawson's offense. A frazzled HC was what Fulmer had become, a frustrated man destined for the unemployment line.

miatatom writes:

Things started downhill when we lost Rodney Garner to Georgia. He was one of, if not the best recruiters we ever had.

vol1994 writes:

Adams wrote the article in response to another article written w/in the last 48 hrs. In that article Fulmer states the UT administration was the blame for UT 's recent demise, including the last yrs he coached. Adams references the interview above so feel free to read it if you think Adams is stirring the pot.

Go4Two writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Isn't this the same coach that won you a Championship and was in the SEC title game the year before he was fired? He won 6 SEC division titles, 2 SEC championships, a National Championship. He was 152-52. You people are nuts. What would you give to be in that position now? 100 years from now great men will write sonnets about how the Knoxville media and fans ran off a great coach. I just wish he would coach somewhere now and be successful. Be careful what you wish for...

They don't understand football.. They think you should win them all I mean they never lose on the X-box. Fulmer was spot on. He was talking not only about his firing but everything that has happen since...

exlineman writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good remarks, I believe Fulmer pulled the reins on Sanders & Clawson, neither could have been that bad of a coach. It was obvious when Lloyd Carr's UM squad was dismantled that Phil could have cherry picked from that staff. He failed to do so and that forced Mallett to transfer to Arky and Clawson from Richmond to UT. The move just didn't make sense and UT's current athletes had no clue how to operate Clawson's offense. A frazzled HC was what Fulmer had become, a frustrated man destined for the unemployment line.

Thanks Beare, the real Fulmer is beginning to show just what kind of man he really is, likes the limelight, as long as it is praising him. He can't stand criticism especially when John Adams comments are true.

Sunshine27 writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Isn't this the same coach that won you a Championship and was in the SEC title game the year before he was fired? He won 6 SEC division titles, 2 SEC championships, a National Championship. He was 152-52. You people are nuts. What would you give to be in that position now? 100 years from now great men will write sonnets about how the Knoxville media and fans ran off a great coach. I just wish he would coach somewhere now and be successful. Be careful what you wish for...

Dude,everyone agreed Fulmer had his day...we are ALL saying his last 3-4 years were horrible! He quit! He became a fat slob, arrogant, lazy,and full of himself.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to UkJarhead:

Isn't this the same coach that won you a Championship and was in the SEC title game the year before he was fired? He won 6 SEC division titles, 2 SEC championships, a National Championship. He was 152-52. You people are nuts. What would you give to be in that position now? 100 years from now great men will write sonnets about how the Knoxville media and fans ran off a great coach. I just wish he would coach somewhere now and be successful. Be careful what you wish for...

Didn't Bear Bryant win a title at UK and then was forced out? Bear Bryant retired in 1983 and had he not retired with Pat Dye coaching the best fb program in the stste of Alabama during that time frame, he would have been replaced. Tom Landry won two super bowls and was an icon on the sidelines at Dallas, he was terminated when his assistants all left for HC jobs and he was never able to properly replace them. You must keep up with the Jones' if you want to continue leading a big time pro/college program. Coach Mack Brown in Texas is feeling the heat as we speak.

TommyJack writes:

Where's Walt '81?

Go4Two writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good remarks, I believe Fulmer pulled the reins on Sanders & Clawson, neither could have been that bad of a coach. It was obvious when Lloyd Carr's UM squad was dismantled that Phil could have cherry picked from that staff. He failed to do so and that forced Mallett to transfer to Arky and Clawson from Richmond to UT. The move just didn't make sense and UT's current athletes had no clue how to operate Clawson's offense. A frazzled HC was what Fulmer had become, a frustrated man destined for the unemployment line.

First you have no idea if Fulner pulled the reins in on SAnders or Clawson. Now what we do know is we fired a coach 10 months after playing in the SEC champion game and 9 months after winning a bowl game. By the way how many SEC chanpion games have wew play in since Fulmer left and how many Bowl wins do we have?

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to Sunshine27:

Thank you John Adams!
Perfectly said!! I've said from day 1 Fulmer had his day, but our digression falls in his lap...100%. He quit, got lazy, got fat, felt because he had a few good years that the kids would come to him...no chance. He's not that big of a personality to carry any program. He and many of his assistants were the laughing stocks of college football because of their girth. He was also guilty of not paying his coaches worth a damn....no recruiting means no success...thanks again Fulmer. We are where we are because YOU quit.

You are a moron. Laughing stock because of their girth? Last time I looked John Chavis is the same size.....nobody's laughing at him are they?

Go4Two writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Didn't Bear Bryant win a title at UK and then was forced out? Bear Bryant retired in 1983 and had he not retired with Pat Dye coaching the best fb program in the stste of Alabama during that time frame, he would have been replaced. Tom Landry won two super bowls and was an icon on the sidelines at Dallas, he was terminated when his assistants all left for HC jobs and he was never able to properly replace them. You must keep up with the Jones' if you want to continue leading a big time pro/college program. Coach Mack Brown in Texas is feeling the heat as we speak.

NO Bear did not win a NC at KY...

dannasman writes:

Nuts On... Loved CPF but his time had past! Hope CBJ will restablish Tennessee Football!

UkJarhead writes:

in response to Go4Two:

NO Bear did not win a NC at KY...

It's not definitive, as nothing was in the 50's, but UK was 1 of 5 to win a "National Championship" in 1950. UT only team to beat us that year. Very confusing times but I'll take it.

DandridgeVol writes:

Fulmer could never win with X's & O's, he won with Jimmy's and Joe's.
Fulmer always had better talent, and when he did, he won. When evenly paired, he couldn't outcoach any SEC coach.

Go4Two writes:

in response to Sunshine27:

Dude,everyone agreed Fulmer had his day...we are ALL saying his last 3-4 years were horrible! He quit! He became a fat slob, arrogant, lazy,and full of himself.

This is way we have a problem. The last 3 -4 years were horrible.. The last three years Fulmer was 24-15 one SEC east title 2 bowl games.. Since 2003 even with 2 ,5 wins seasons we still avg 8 wins.

tovolny writes:

John and a lot of people could put up a pretty good debate for what John is saying. But, Fulmer did not get the needed input and support from the UT (Hamilton) management. Since Hamilton did not have a true or established boss, he pretty much did as he pleased. Efforts to get salaries improved for his coaches were met with ire from the mini Bass Hog. The Fulmer Trinity which shrunk to the Fulmer Duo after the departure of Coach Cut to Mississippi, was left without the coveted QB vacuum that pulled in Manning and then Clausen. The latter coming due to Manning more than anybody else. There was not enough money being offered to capable QB coaches and other offensive coaches to draw them into the fold. Casey Clausen was the better of the Clausen boys by far...UT just did not have the coaches to coach him up. The other part of the Duo, of course, was Chavis, and he was able to hold up the defensive side for everything other than safeties and corner backs. He did get Eric Berry, but Eric could not do everything alone...some other good athletes were needed but did not show up. NOW, Fulmer, feeling secure, did not work at his job with the gusto and dedication that he did at first. I believe he felt everything was warm and fuzzy, and just decided to enjoy life a little. And, you can't blame him for that, he probably deserved a little sabbatical from the big time. On the other hand, had Hamilton provide a little more salary leverage for the football program, we would have had the proper offensive brain power to keep the gaskets from blowing on Vol Football. ACT III...now enter Hamilton, who wanted to make a name for Himself and knowing that he had good support from the Haslams, started the refurbishing upgrades to Neyland and other PERMANENT STRUCTURES, which are several, But when the Phil firing and the Kiffen band aid did not hold water, the pressure was elevated by the Pearl swirls and the whole UT Athletic cassel exploded. Hamilton, now standing in the ashes picked up all the gold pieces and headed for the hills.

What I am trying to say here is that Fulmer is correct...but hold on...he did not do very well keeping his focus during the critical periods...he probably allowed himself to relax too much knowing that the mini Boss Hog was seeking a halo for himself and there was just not much he could do about it.

Can't you just here Paul Harvey saying:"now, you know the rest of the story."

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Go4Two:

First you have no idea if Fulner pulled the reins in on SAnders or Clawson. Now what we do know is we fired a coach 10 months after playing in the SEC champion game and 9 months after winning a bowl game. By the way how many SEC chanpion games have wew play in since Fulmer left and how many Bowl wins do we have?

Uhhh, i said i believe (that's my right, my perception) that Phil was pulling the reins and you certainly did not disprove that theory.

Go4Two writes:

in response to DandridgeVol:

Fulmer could never win with X's & O's, he won with Jimmy's and Joe's.
Fulmer always had better talent, and when he did, he won. When evenly paired, he couldn't outcoach any SEC coach.

Well it's the coaches job to get talent. However we had good talent and won the 2007 SEC east title team was not highly talented. The Florida 2001 team had more talent. Several of the UGA teams were loaded..

NowHearThis writes:

Beyond a shadow of doubt, the man most responsible for the downfall of Coach Fulmer was Clint Stoerner. After that fateful play that gave UT a free pass to the national championship, expectations became too high at Tennessee and that is what ultimately led to the firing of the Hall of Fame Coach.

Book closed.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Where's Walt '81?

On suicide watch with Jeff Flowers.

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