Poll Results

Poll: Should Phillip Fulmer be hired as the University of Tennessee's next athletic director?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
55% 2186
No
 
44% 1786
total votes: 3972

Comments » 66

alfrizzle097 writes:

I like Fulmer. I think he could do a good job. I just don't think this is the right move considering how many people have a deep and lasting dislike of him.

BNCafego writes:

Question: Would hiring Coach Fulmer as AD be a step forward or a step backward for UT athletics?
Answer: It would be both. UT is seeking a return to glory and still has a firm foundation of tradition. Hiring Coach Fulmer would be the right step towards restoring the tradition he help build.

utvolman45 writes:

I think it is a no brainer Hire Coach Fulmer!!!! UT Folks understand. However Jimmy Cheek is not a UT folk!

SavTnVol writes:

CPF is an icon at UT IMHO. He truly loves UT and would do anything possible for our school and it's athelets..That being said, I just do not know if he is the right guy for the AD job..CPF has shown in the past, just too much loyality to his underlings for me.I'm kinda worried that if he needed to fire someone that he had hired, that he might just have trouble doing it..He maybe too good of a person for the job..

DonK37920 writes:

Fulmer is a Great choice! Either Fulmer or Holloway would be my top two but ultimately its up to the Haslems and Jimmy Cheek! And they will almost certainly go with someone outside the Tennessee family. There are personal feelings and politics involved in this decision way above the normal fans understanding.

Unfortunately, Fulmer gets a lot of unfounded criticism on this site and other VOL sites. I get that his teams became stale in his last few years and it was time to move on, but what he did for Tennessee football may never be rivaled again. He took an above average program and made it a top 10 and several years top 5 program for a long period of time. And he won our first NC in almost 50 years! Anyone who grew up following the Vols through the 70s and 80s can really appreciate the job he did, and know what it was like before he became the coach. I find that most of the harsh criticism of Fulmer comes from the younger fan base that has only been following UT for 10 years or so.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

I support Fulmer as AD. His coaching days are in the past. The AD job is a different monster. He relates well with people/coaches/the NCAA and is a leader in the community. I would be interested in what Coach Summitt says. I bet she would support Fulmer. I love Tennessee and I beleive Phil Fulmer feels the same way. Go Big Orange!

Hounddawg writes:

Coach Fulmer is a great Volunteer and is part of our rich history. But it is not the right move.
David Howell is the best choice for the job. Hands down.

jakethevolguy writes:

Not only NO but, HELLLL NOOOOO!!!

poletad7 writes:

The list needs only three names

1. ERNIE GRUNFELD (preferred choice)
2. CHARLES DAVIS
3. Mitch Barnhart

End of story.

poletad7 writes:

in response to Dead_Head_Vol:

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Fulmer's NOT the man for the job...duh!!!!!!!

toto_cold writes:

Fulmer ran one program into the ground and now people honestly think he can oversee the entire athletic department. I guess then we can get back to competing with Vanderbilt. If you look up the word mediocrity in the dictionary Fulmer's picture is beside it.

TNVol72 writes:

in response to poletad7:

The list needs only three names

1. ERNIE GRUNFELD (preferred choice)
2. CHARLES DAVIS
3. Mitch Barnhart

End of story.

I'll bet you voted for Obama! Why don't you put "Lame" Kiffin at the top of your list? Coach Fulmer is the man for the job, loser!

turner_c writes:

Are you referring to the same Phillip Fulmer:

-Whose hiring created one of the biggest divisions in UT fan base history?

-Whose influence with the BOT and donors resulted in many qualified AD applicants shunning UT’s AD position when Dickey left?

-Who was more interested in hiring assistants he could control rather than the best he could find?

-Whose blind loyalty to staff caused many underperforming to be retained?

-Who had a losing season in 2005 with an NFL roster?

-Whose first choice to replace Cut as OC used him as a negotiating tool for a bigger and better deal with the Lions?

-Whose second choice to replace Cut as OC, turned him down multiple times, but was fired within a year?

-Who hired Clawson as OC, but named the starting QB before that OC saw anyone run a single play?

-Whose OC wanted to give another QB a shot after UCLA and again after FL, but was overruled?

-Whose OC actually had to resign after the 2008 Auburn game to get another QB a shot?

-Whose 2008 response to criticism from his boss was to brag to the media that he had many friends on the BOT?

-Whose powerful friend wore a “Fire Hamilton” hat to the final game against KY?

-Who really believes the administration’s academic standards killed his recruiting rather than his inability to attract top talent without academic risk, unless legacy?

-Who has lobbied his BOT friends and donors for 3 years to fire the man that fired him?

-Who to this day believes he should still be the head coach at UT, even though no other school has even given him a sniff?

Coach Fulmer deserves appreciation for his achievements for UT, but he had to be terminated for cause. His termination was 3 years past due because of his powerful friends.

Fulmer is a part of UT history, not it’s future. He is not the answer the university needs for fan base unification. What do you think Mike Hamilton was referring to in his statement about division?

DonK37920 writes:

in response to turner_c:

Are you referring to the same Phillip Fulmer:

-Whose hiring created one of the biggest divisions in UT fan base history?

-Whose influence with the BOT and donors resulted in many qualified AD applicants shunning UT’s AD position when Dickey left?

-Who was more interested in hiring assistants he could control rather than the best he could find?

-Whose blind loyalty to staff caused many underperforming to be retained?

-Who had a losing season in 2005 with an NFL roster?

-Whose first choice to replace Cut as OC used him as a negotiating tool for a bigger and better deal with the Lions?

-Whose second choice to replace Cut as OC, turned him down multiple times, but was fired within a year?

-Who hired Clawson as OC, but named the starting QB before that OC saw anyone run a single play?

-Whose OC wanted to give another QB a shot after UCLA and again after FL, but was overruled?

-Whose OC actually had to resign after the 2008 Auburn game to get another QB a shot?

-Whose 2008 response to criticism from his boss was to brag to the media that he had many friends on the BOT?

-Whose powerful friend wore a “Fire Hamilton” hat to the final game against KY?

-Who really believes the administration’s academic standards killed his recruiting rather than his inability to attract top talent without academic risk, unless legacy?

-Who has lobbied his BOT friends and donors for 3 years to fire the man that fired him?

-Who to this day believes he should still be the head coach at UT, even though no other school has even given him a sniff?

Coach Fulmer deserves appreciation for his achievements for UT, but he had to be terminated for cause. His termination was 3 years past due because of his powerful friends.

Fulmer is a part of UT history, not it’s future. He is not the answer the university needs for fan base unification. What do you think Mike Hamilton was referring to in his statement about division?

No Im referring to the one that won the first NC in 50 Freaking Years at Tennessee! Your judgement is based on the end of his career not his whole career.

turner_c writes:

in response to DonK37920:

No Im referring to the one that won the first NC in 50 Freaking Years at Tennessee! Your judgement is based on the end of his career not his whole career.

I'm not trying to belittle his NC, he deserves all our thanks for that NC. I clearly said "Coach Fulmer deserves appreciation for his achievements for UT".

IMO, winning an NC is not a qualification for AD. Do you feel Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Howard Schnellenberger, and Nick Saban should be candidates?

ddt#1340890 writes:

in response to BNCafego:

Question: Would hiring Coach Fulmer as AD be a step forward or a step backward for UT athletics?
Answer: It would be both. UT is seeking a return to glory and still has a firm foundation of tradition. Hiring Coach Fulmer would be the right step towards restoring the tradition he help build.

What tradition, winning games by 2 points. Run 1st down right tackle, 2nd down left tackle, 3rd down short pass to sideline. Punt and hope defense holds. Man had P. Manning as a QB for 4 years and wasted his talents. Not only no but HELL NO !!!!!!!

NovemberNed writes:

Hire the man who got Hamilton fired in the first place? Yeah, that's logical. Fulmer did nothing but run our football program into the ground, and because of his laziness, we have endured one of the darker ages of Tennessee Football. EPIC FAIL if he even gets to interview for the job!!!

Tennessee Fans are morons.

turner_c writes:

The "Decade of Dominance" was not near as dominating as some remember. The seniors that won the 1998 NC were 1-3 against FL. We couldn't even beat FL with Peyton Manning the prior 3 years. FL had postseason bans a good part of the 90s.

veinsoforange writes:

in response to turner_c:

Are you referring to the same Phillip Fulmer:

-Whose hiring created one of the biggest divisions in UT fan base history?

-Whose influence with the BOT and donors resulted in many qualified AD applicants shunning UT’s AD position when Dickey left?

-Who was more interested in hiring assistants he could control rather than the best he could find?

-Whose blind loyalty to staff caused many underperforming to be retained?

-Who had a losing season in 2005 with an NFL roster?

-Whose first choice to replace Cut as OC used him as a negotiating tool for a bigger and better deal with the Lions?

-Whose second choice to replace Cut as OC, turned him down multiple times, but was fired within a year?

-Who hired Clawson as OC, but named the starting QB before that OC saw anyone run a single play?

-Whose OC wanted to give another QB a shot after UCLA and again after FL, but was overruled?

-Whose OC actually had to resign after the 2008 Auburn game to get another QB a shot?

-Whose 2008 response to criticism from his boss was to brag to the media that he had many friends on the BOT?

-Whose powerful friend wore a “Fire Hamilton” hat to the final game against KY?

-Who really believes the administration’s academic standards killed his recruiting rather than his inability to attract top talent without academic risk, unless legacy?

-Who has lobbied his BOT friends and donors for 3 years to fire the man that fired him?

-Who to this day believes he should still be the head coach at UT, even though no other school has even given him a sniff?

Coach Fulmer deserves appreciation for his achievements for UT, but he had to be terminated for cause. His termination was 3 years past due because of his powerful friends.

Fulmer is a part of UT history, not it’s future. He is not the answer the university needs for fan base unification. What do you think Mike Hamilton was referring to in his statement about division?

So many good points chas_turner.

Fulmer would be absolutely the worst hire in the school's history, maybe the country. I can't believe even our idiotic fan base would be that foolish to think hiring Falooofagus as AD would be a move in the right direction for our program.

Fulmer literally sucked all the life out of our football program. All he knew to do was hold up either 1 or 2 fingers after a score.

I seriously wouldn't even want him coaching my son in pee wee league, much less running an entire athletic department.

mdvol writes:

Fulmer is the ideal AD choice. Despite what is referenced in previous posts, Fulmer is an excellent ambassador, loyal to the state and the University, well spoken, charismatic, and clearly knows what it takes to compete on a national level. He will keep the money flowing in and create instant stability and credibility.

gatorhator4eva writes:

the president and board of trustees need to stop playing with there balls and hire fulmer. It is a no brainer, a 5 year old could make this decision.

gatorhator4eva writes:

alot of misconceaded people here about fulmer. OPEN YOUR EYES IDIOTS!!!! He holds one of the greatest winning percentages in college football. u keep bashing him but he brought a national championship to tennessee and is right up there with robert neyland.

volman5 writes:

in response to NovemberNed:

Hire the man who got Hamilton fired in the first place? Yeah, that's logical. Fulmer did nothing but run our football program into the ground, and because of his laziness, we have endured one of the darker ages of Tennessee Football. EPIC FAIL if he even gets to interview for the job!!!

Tennessee Fans are morons.

Ned, I do not know you, but you sure seem to have a lot of strong opinions. Do you just hate people?

I can't say I blame you though! Fulmer has no business experience. How can you be the CEO of a $100 million company with NO idea how to run a business??

I agree with you 100%, the majority of Tennessee fans have seemingly NO intelligence when it comes it collegiate athletics and just say things without thinking them through.

NovemberNed writes:

in response to volman5:

Ned, I do not know you, but you sure seem to have a lot of strong opinions. Do you just hate people?

I can't say I blame you though! Fulmer has no business experience. How can you be the CEO of a $100 million company with NO idea how to run a business??

I agree with you 100%, the majority of Tennessee fans have seemingly NO intelligence when it comes it collegiate athletics and just say things without thinking them through.

I hate ignorance. People who want Fulmer back are ignorant.

The last 48 hours have put on display the ignorance of the Tennessee fan base.

djohnnyg writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Not only NO but, HELLLL NOOOOO!!!

Yeah. Why would you want the guy who led your school to a National Championship and won 75 % of his games? Who would want THAT guy?

By the way, how has UT been doing since Fulmer was dismissed? How many SEC titles has UT won or even been anywhere near winning? How many bowl games has UT won since Fulmer? It's been 3 yrs. now and what is the current state of the Vols? Are they gonna beat Florida, Alabama or Georgia this year? C'mon, this is year 3 since he left.

Yeah, you don't want guys of Fulmers ilk running anything.

OrangeHeart writes:

I am and have always been a Fulmer fan. I do believe it was time for him to leave when he did though. I'm not sure he would be the best choice for AD either. There are several good candidates out there, to include the one that they just made Interim AD. People may or may not like Joan Cronan, but she has a lot of experience and I doubt anyone could argue the fact that the womens sports at Tennessee have been top notch for a long time. Whether she gets the job or not, I think she deserves a long hard look.

turner_c writes:

in response to djohnnyg:

Yeah. Why would you want the guy who led your school to a National Championship and won 75 % of his games? Who would want THAT guy?

By the way, how has UT been doing since Fulmer was dismissed? How many SEC titles has UT won or even been anywhere near winning? How many bowl games has UT won since Fulmer? It's been 3 yrs. now and what is the current state of the Vols? Are they gonna beat Florida, Alabama or Georgia this year? C'mon, this is year 3 since he left.

Yeah, you don't want guys of Fulmers ilk running anything.

He is also the same guy that ran our FB program into the ground in the 9 years following that NC. You seem to forget he had losing season two of his last 4 years and was fired for cause, unfortunately 3 years too late.

fratricide08 writes:

Fulmer is a steady hand, predictable, and yes, sometimes boring. Despite that driving some in the Fanbase nutty as we moved into a the age of more flash and entertainment centered football that appealed to our lowered attention span and collective egos these are all qualities you *want* in an AD. Fulmer couldn't adapt to the expectations of being a 'more exciting' coach in a world of exciting coaches -- if he had I think he'd been given a little more room to have some bad seasons -- but he's just the type we need to steady our program post-NCAA violations and coaching turnovers (and yes it does need to be steadied right now). He has a tendency to mull things over and really think about them which again is a good quality for an AD.

I wish Joan Cronan would be given a chance to stay if she wishes too rather than just serving as interim as I think she could do a fantastic job too.

What we don't need is an AD who acts like sooooo many of our past Presidents brought in from outside. They treat the University like their personal bank account and didn't care at all about the University. Both Phil Fulmer and Joan Cronan love this place and we need that much for the hard times ahead with the NCAA.

Oh and don't think I'm bashing anyone for preferring flash and coach generated excitement. I loved Bruce Pearl for the excitement and emotion he brought to the program. And wished on many occasions that Fulmer would show something more than his Spock-like poker face.

thevoice writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

I like Fulmer. I think he could do a good job. I just don't think this is the right move considering how many people have a deep and lasting dislike of him.

Frizz, I'm with you. Fulmer is capable, however under these circumstances and considering the divided nature (look at the poll, about 50/50) of Fulmer's fan base, the timing is way off. Cheek knows this, thankfully! Hence his nation-wide search.

FWBVol writes:

in response to turner_c:

He is also the same guy that ran our FB program into the ground in the 9 years following that NC. You seem to forget he had losing season two of his last 4 years and was fired for cause, unfortunately 3 years too late.

Yeah, Phillip Fulmer had run the program so far into the ground that we were in the SEC championship game the year before he was fird and finished the season 10-4.

I always thought Phillip Fulmer should have been given another year to turn things around. You can go back and verify that in my old posts. I don't think we would be any worse off in football today if Fulmer had been coach rather than Kiffin.

fbmf624#277664 writes:

in response to DonK37920:

Fulmer is a Great choice! Either Fulmer or Holloway would be my top two but ultimately its up to the Haslems and Jimmy Cheek! And they will almost certainly go with someone outside the Tennessee family. There are personal feelings and politics involved in this decision way above the normal fans understanding.

Unfortunately, Fulmer gets a lot of unfounded criticism on this site and other VOL sites. I get that his teams became stale in his last few years and it was time to move on, but what he did for Tennessee football may never be rivaled again. He took an above average program and made it a top 10 and several years top 5 program for a long period of time. And he won our first NC in almost 50 years! Anyone who grew up following the Vols through the 70s and 80s can really appreciate the job he did, and know what it was like before he became the coach. I find that most of the harsh criticism of Fulmer comes from the younger fan base that has only been following UT for 10 years or so.

I am glad that someone knows whats going on. CPF went to tenn, played at tenn, and coached at tenn. I am tired of theses out of town shirts running our school into the ground. Hire people from Tennessee who knows what we are about from the president on down to the AD. No more losing to florida and looking stupid by teams we should beat. It is time to be feared once again and with coach fulmer we will get those great players that we once got and the great players we have now will feel what it is to truley be a Tennessee Vol. In my family we live by only one motto WE ARE BORN ORANGE,WE BLEED ORANGE, AND WE DIE ORANGE. I will never beat them when they are down and will stand behind them NO MATTER WHAT!!!!

BNCafego writes:

in response to ddt#1340890:

What tradition, winning games by 2 points. Run 1st down right tackle, 2nd down left tackle, 3rd down short pass to sideline. Punt and hope defense holds. Man had P. Manning as a QB for 4 years and wasted his talents. Not only no but HELL NO !!!!!!!

You dare to jeer at UT's traditions? The 100,000 plus who stand and cheer as the team runs through the marching band's power T have a different opinion.

hg25 writes:

Phil was a great coach but an even better team manager, he lost his touch when he couldn't relate to the kids anymore, but he would be working with adults in this job, He could bring us back to the top, he has a passion for winning and heart for The University of Tennessee!

OldNumber7 writes:

This is a popularity response - like voting Schwarzenegger governor. Fulmer's tenure as coach was characterized by one terrible executive decision after another. It was his irresponsibility with a national championship offensive coordinator position that was his undoing. This would be a terrible hire as he has no backbone required for this position.

turner_c writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Yeah, Phillip Fulmer had run the program so far into the ground that we were in the SEC championship game the year before he was fird and finished the season 10-4.

I always thought Phillip Fulmer should have been given another year to turn things around. You can go back and verify that in my old posts. I don't think we would be any worse off in football today if Fulmer had been coach rather than Kiffin.

Coach Fulmer didn't get fired for his personality. He didn't get fired because he won an NC for all of us 9 years earlier. At UT, FB coaching success is all about winning and UT wasn't doing enough of it. My lifelong friends that are UT fans and season ticket holders began dropping their ticket in 2002, and AL took over Neyland Stadium in 2008.

Are you really gloating on the 2007 season when Cal exposed us on national TV and FL dominated us winning by 39 points? Don't you realize he would have been fired that season if he hadn't have scrapped by 4 "little sisters" of the SEC the end of the season, 2 of them in overtime? The team that beat us by 39 points didn't make the SECC because others beat them.
Making the SECC in 2007 was the unluckiest thing that happened to us because we would have rid ourselves of Coach Fulmer then and avoided the disaster of 2008.

I was one fan vocalizing against the hiring of Lane Kiffin, weakest resume of all candidates, but I fail to see how any rational person can suggest Fulmer's retention past the 2008 season could possibly be an improvement. His termination was already 3 years past due and clearly reflected in our roster talent. The FB program was in steady decline and recruiting showed little hope for improvement.

The best assistants Coach Fulmer ever had were John Chavis and David Cutcliff, both Johnny Majors hires. They also happen to be the only 2 coaches that could keep Fulmer from micromanaging their areas of responsibility. If Cut had stayed in 2007, we could have ended up with Terrelle Pryor and be wearing OSU's shoes.

harrierncd#500054 writes:

Under no circumstances should the university or athletic department ever employ such a manipulative, self-serving, and dishonest person as Phillip Fulmer has shown himself to be whenever he's been given the opportunity since 1992 (possibly earlier, but I wasn't paying much attention then). I'm sure that there are worse candidates for the position of athletic director than Fulmer, but none immediately come to mind.

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to djohnnyg:

Yeah. Why would you want the guy who led your school to a National Championship and won 75 % of his games? Who would want THAT guy?

By the way, how has UT been doing since Fulmer was dismissed? How many SEC titles has UT won or even been anywhere near winning? How many bowl games has UT won since Fulmer? It's been 3 yrs. now and what is the current state of the Vols? Are they gonna beat Florida, Alabama or Georgia this year? C'mon, this is year 3 since he left.

Yeah, you don't want guys of Fulmers ilk running anything.

See post from Turner_C above. That says it all!!

AncientVolFan writes:

I don't really know and never will know if Fulmer was the cause of UT football program going down. I do know their are two possiblities. One it was a great program and Fulmer ran it down.
Or, two, it was a medium program and Fulmer kept it afloat better than anyone since Neyland.

AngusGibson writes:

So many people are judging the question of hiring Fulmer as AD based on how he coached in football. Remember that he's not being hired as a head coach. Therefore, the results of the seasons under his control of the football team are irrelevant to a certain extent. What needs to be judged is not his coaching abilities, but rather his managerial abilities. Can he manage a staff of subordinates? Absolutely. Can he represent the treasured history of UT athletics, pageantry, and tradition? Of course - he's a walking billboard for UT sports! Can having him at the helm of the Athletics Department help sway recruits to come to UT? Even a majority of Fulmer's detractors will say that he could do so MUCH better than Hamilton could. Fulmer's recruiting skill is well-documented, and don't think for a moment that an athletic director doesn't have an influence on recruits. Will hiring him mean that our football team will go back to the perceived low point of Fulmer's coaching career? Of course not - DOOLEY is coaching the football team, so it's not up to Fulmer to produce a winning football team.

My verdict, and please remember that this is all my opinion, and I am by no means an expert on this subject, is that Phillip Fulmer would be a great athletics director. My vote is for either him or Condredge Holloway - another walking billboard for UT Athletics.

Chope writes:

in response to DonK37920:

No Im referring to the one that won the first NC in 50 Freaking Years at Tennessee! Your judgement is based on the end of his career not his whole career.

I will never understand a Tennessee fan hating Phil Fulmer. A guy who has spent his whole life in Tennessee, had the sucess he had, won a national championship. I think it was time for a change at UT ( not the one we got ). But to hate one of us, I will never understand.

turner_c writes:

in response to AngusGibson:

So many people are judging the question of hiring Fulmer as AD based on how he coached in football. Remember that he's not being hired as a head coach. Therefore, the results of the seasons under his control of the football team are irrelevant to a certain extent. What needs to be judged is not his coaching abilities, but rather his managerial abilities. Can he manage a staff of subordinates? Absolutely. Can he represent the treasured history of UT athletics, pageantry, and tradition? Of course - he's a walking billboard for UT sports! Can having him at the helm of the Athletics Department help sway recruits to come to UT? Even a majority of Fulmer's detractors will say that he could do so MUCH better than Hamilton could. Fulmer's recruiting skill is well-documented, and don't think for a moment that an athletic director doesn't have an influence on recruits. Will hiring him mean that our football team will go back to the perceived low point of Fulmer's coaching career? Of course not - DOOLEY is coaching the football team, so it's not up to Fulmer to produce a winning football team.

My verdict, and please remember that this is all my opinion, and I am by no means an expert on this subject, is that Phillip Fulmer would be a great athletics director. My vote is for either him or Condredge Holloway - another walking billboard for UT Athletics.

I love Condredge Holloway and Phillip Fulmer both. I'm not sure Condredge has the desire to be our AD. My fear with Fulmer is that he believes to this day he should be the UT FB coach and cannot see the decline of the program his last 4 years. If you were Chancellor Cheek, would you hire someone with more influence with the BOT and major donors than you have? Look at the careers of two of the three former Fulmer bosses at UT, Majors and Hamilton.

My bigger concern is that his personality as HC would not change as AD; specifically, he would interfere/micromanage his FB coach.

Many Fulmer supporters blame Dave Clawson and/or Randy Sanders for the demise of our FB program. Both have proven to be successful when not micromanaged and their areas of responsibilities dictated to them.

On a good day, Rick Clausen could throw the ball only about 15 yards accurately. Could our demise in 2005 been the HC's desire to recruit Clausen younger brother, overridding his OC on the QB starter? After all, Sanders fielded a pretty good offense the year before with 2 true frosh at QB.

Dave Clausen has been successful at every stop but UT, where as OC he had absolutely no input into his starting QB or any other positions. Fulmer named Crompton starter before Spring camp and I've covered Clawson resignation after the AU game in another post.

No FB coach will be successful in such an environment, not even the General.

UofTNVol writes:

Absolutely NOT. I appreciate what Phil did before he drove our program into the ditch. Phil Fulmer has still not held himself accountable at all for the decline of the football program, or any of the problems that happened on his watch. (And there were problems, remember?)

You University of Phil Fulmer fans are in denial, just like he is, and you need to wake up before you support a terrible mistake. Hiring Fulmer would be a disaster.

Mark63 writes:

I would say yes to Phil Fulmer, on being the new AD of Tennessee. The reason why. He is truly for the players, and not for himself. I would most certainly hire him. He can make a 100% difference, in that department, and he would not interfere with the recuitment of all the programs there. He would let the coaches do what is necessary to bring in the talent to UT.

Go4Two writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Not only NO but, HELLLL NOOOOO!!!

I have followed UT sports for several years I cannot think of another example of a future hall of fame coach being treated so poorly by the fan base. Can anyone think of any coach that won at the level of coach Fulmer that has as many fans that dislike him.

Go4Two writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Not only NO but, HELLLL NOOOOO!!!

It would appear the football Gods disagree. Since the firing of CPF we have hired two football coaches, Have voilation in Football, Fired the basketball coach which will lead to some type of probation, fired the baseball coach, saw a decline in the once powerful track team even the all mighty Lady Vols have not been the same. Looks like hiring CPF as AD might do the job

TeeBall writes:

Why not? I'm sure Phil would "work like heck" to get the job done and would watch the film of other good AD's in order to figure out what to do. We "sure as heck" don't want an articulate, intelligent, personable and professional to be our AD ... shoot no !!!

dvol writes:

in response to DonK37920:

Fulmer is a Great choice! Either Fulmer or Holloway would be my top two but ultimately its up to the Haslems and Jimmy Cheek! And they will almost certainly go with someone outside the Tennessee family. There are personal feelings and politics involved in this decision way above the normal fans understanding.

Unfortunately, Fulmer gets a lot of unfounded criticism on this site and other VOL sites. I get that his teams became stale in his last few years and it was time to move on, but what he did for Tennessee football may never be rivaled again. He took an above average program and made it a top 10 and several years top 5 program for a long period of time. And he won our first NC in almost 50 years! Anyone who grew up following the Vols through the 70s and 80s can really appreciate the job he did, and know what it was like before he became the coach. I find that most of the harsh criticism of Fulmer comes from the younger fan base that has only been following UT for 10 years or so.

This is a good post. But, unlike you I don't think it is just the young fans who lost faith in fulmer as a coach. I'm 57 and I have seen the bad times as well as the good. When fulmer took over like him or not Majors had the program on the right track. To his credit fulmer expanded on the talent Majors had and added to it to build the N.C. team.(all his own recruits) whatever the reason after the 2001 season fulmer became a bad CEO he got lazy and rich and seemed to lose interest in recruiting and motivating his coaches and players. Lets not forget for the most part his coaching staff stayed in place all those years until R. Sanders got thrown under the bus to try and save his job. I say this because I think Randy has proved at Ky. he knows how to coach. I said all this to say that I think hiring fulmer as A.D. would divide the fan base even more than it is now. I'm not sure fulmer would know when it would be time to let dooley go after all he didn't think it was time for him to go as a coach and if you are honest with yourself and look at what was going on with our F.B. team you know he had to go.

utk1996 writes:

Most reasonable people who love UT realize Coach Fulmer is a loyal and legendary Vol who is a wonderful leader. He is respected by Dooley and Summitt, understands the culture, and would be a tremendous fundraiser due to his connections and notoriety. There are no negatives. We would be lucky to have Coach Fulmer be the voice of the athletic department. His record speaks for itself. He is a winner and a national champion, not to mention a loyal Tennessee Volunteer.

utk1996 writes:

Who cares about dividing the fan base? To the so-called fans who don't like it, let them stay home or support another university. Fulmer is an alumnus, a state native, a man who bleeds orange, and a winner who won a national champion and was respected enough by Peyton Manning to say no to the NFL and return for his senior season. Ask Peyton Manning if he supports Phil Fulmer for AD. Ask Al Wilson. Who cares about the naysayers. Some people will complain about anything. He is clearly the man for the job.

Go4Two writes:

Rumor has it Peyton is really putting the pressure on to have Phil named AD.

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