Poll Results

Poll: Should Tennessee consider re-hiring Phillip Fulmer?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
61% 12215
No
 
38% 7766
total votes: 19981

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Comments » 117

bljvol writes:

Why would you rehire the very person who put us in this current situation??????? dumbest thing Hart could do if that happens stick a fork in it the Tennessee Football program is FOREVER HISTORY in being relevant in any conference Get over FULMER great coach in his day but that ship has long sailed. Hart needs to get his head out of his arse and go get the best of the best regardless of the cost

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Fulmer can go 5&7 and keep this program afloat..

rbwtn writes:

Attention anyone who would like to coach at the University of Tennessee please call NOW. Seriously Phillip Fulmer wasn't given the means to get the program back on it's feet when he finally had some bad seasons. Great coaches have bad seasons but the school sticks with them and doesn't listen to fans. Fulmer deserved to continue to see if he could pull us out. NOW I'd give him a chance because we know His attitude I'm for it and would be confident. Get HIM!

rbwtn writes:

The AD at TN. missed the Catch of the Day; Wisconsin's coach.

azasev writes:

I f Foolmer is SOO greta why has he NOT been offered a job over the last FOUR years..? and dont tell me he did not want to coach elsewhere he made it very clear he wanted several jobs(minnesota,Indiana) so just please explain why NO ONE wanted the GREAT coach...but heck we will take him back..Get Ken Sparks at CN anyone but COUNT THE MONEY FOOLMER

btamom writes:

I don't understand all of these folks who hate Fulmer! He loved UT and gave 25+ years to the school in one form or another.He loves UT and you won't find that type of loyalty with anyone else no matter how much money you throw at them or what promises you make to them. Yet when he has 2 or 3 seasons that were not the best and people are screaming for him to go. Well what goes around comes around. That is why we are the laughing stock of the NCAA. We need a coach who loves this school as much as you say you do! We need Fulmer back!

Tenn_Traveler writes:

Tressel or Davis would be good candidates. Also, it makes sense to consider K Smart. Maybe even Pitrino??

With that said, why not consider a coach with a national championship, hall of fame, 2 SEC championships, 152-52 record and ZERO NCAA violation issues (never lied to authorities)? "A smart person will change their mind and a fool never will"!!
Go Vols!!

BrassMonkey writes:

As much as I hate to say it, it is time to let Fulmer come in for a year or two and Bill Snyder Knoxville back into shape. Karma is biting us right now and the only way to stop is to right the wrong that took place when we canned our HOF coach once season removed from the SEC championship.

BigOrangeRock writes:

GO FULMER!!!

BigOrangeFreak writes:

Seeing this poll was alarming to me, but what's even more alarming is the number of people who answered "yes" to it.

I love Coach Fulmer and the contributions he made for our football program. He was an anchor for us for many years and guided us to places we had not been in the modern era. That being said, it became obvious to me--and apparently to many others--that the game had passed him by. His attitude and actions showed that he felt he was not answerable to the program and for that reason, he was FIRED. You don't get a do-over after something like that.

We need to move on, and while it is appealing to try to go back and recreate a period that offered a great deal of success for UT, it is impossible. Ask yourself this: What else would we have to do to reinvent that formula? Bring back David Cutcliffe also? Not going to happen. He's happy at Duke. Bring back John Chavis? Not going to happen. He's happy at LSU.

The fact many Fulmer supporters fail to acknowledge is that much of Fulmer's success can be directly attributed to strong support from Chavis and Cutcliffe. In their absence, Fulmer--and UT--suffered many losses we would not have if they were still with Fulmer.

It's time to move on and put this to rest. Fulmer is not the answer.

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

We just need somebody to watch the program til Peyton retires!!! Part of the stipulation for the next hire should be, whenever Peyton wants it, you're out of here.

pcorange writes:

Anyone who says Fulmer is the reason we are in this shape is either ignorant to reality or is just completely incompetent. Phillip Fulmer is the best available coach out there right now. He bleeds orange. I was in favor of a change in 2008, but I am man enough to admit it was a dreadful mistake. We need to grovel and beg Coach Fulmer to come back home and help us dig out of this cesspool we've become.

bjohns23 writes:

Let's remember why Fulmer got fired in the first place, Dave Clawson. This is reflective of a coach's ability to surround himself with competent assistants. He is also the coach that decided to make Randy Sanders OC. The college game eveolves and good coaches do too. Fulmer just stuck with the same old BS over and over. He coasted on his recruiting ability when he did not have good competition, but Richt, Saban, Meyer, and Miles changed all of that. UT has been a sinking ship since then so why go back to complacency when there is nothing to be complacent about anymore. We need a firecracker as the head coach. There is a lot to be said about coaches who exude passion in their job.

tenndave writes:

You Fulmer haters are like democrats. Fulmer had nothing to do with the past 4 years. He is not George Bush. Take responsibility for your actions. You wanted him fired, You got it. The program went into a tailspin and stayed there and got worse and you think it is his fault. Like many democrats you try to blame all your shortcomings on someone else. That my friends is true arrogance.

pcorange writes:

in response to azasev:

I f Foolmer is SOO greta why has he NOT been offered a job over the last FOUR years..? and dont tell me he did not want to coach elsewhere he made it very clear he wanted several jobs(minnesota,Indiana) so just please explain why NO ONE wanted the GREAT coach...but heck we will take him back..Get Ken Sparks at CN anyone but COUNT THE MONEY FOOLMER

How do you know he hasn't been offered a job? You don't know that. He said when he was forced out here that he would consider coaching again if it were the right opportunity at a place he felt like he would have what he needed to win. He may have had opportunities that none of us know about. Not every university airs its dirty laundry out in the press the way UT does.

TKO writes:

Hire Petrino! NOW!

Razor784 writes:

Fulmer was great at one time, but there's a reason he hasn't gotten a quality coaching offer since he left UT

budd#207344 writes:

in response to rbwtn:

Attention anyone who would like to coach at the University of Tennessee please call NOW. Seriously Phillip Fulmer wasn't given the means to get the program back on it's feet when he finally had some bad seasons. Great coaches have bad seasons but the school sticks with them and doesn't listen to fans. Fulmer deserved to continue to see if he could pull us out. NOW I'd give him a chance because we know His attitude I'm for it and would be confident. Get HIM!

Fulmer was given the chance to improve his recruiting. Didn't do it.
Fulmer was given the chance to hire a new OC. Hired an idiot who could not make his offense work.
Fulmer was given the chance to get rid of said OC . Didn't do it
Fulmer had the job and got lazy and let it slip.
No do overs. Got watch the film and work like heck somewhere else.
No rehire!

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to azasev:

I f Foolmer is SOO greta why has he NOT been offered a job over the last FOUR years..? and dont tell me he did not want to coach elsewhere he made it very clear he wanted several jobs(minnesota,Indiana) so just please explain why NO ONE wanted the GREAT coach...but heck we will take him back..Get Ken Sparks at CN anyone but COUNT THE MONEY FOOLMER

That childish thing you do with Fulmer's name, you know, the "Foolmer" thing, well that kind of eliminates you from any intelligent discussion on the subject, doesn't it?

JDX47 writes:

Why was Butch Jones never considered and ended up at COLORADO...that has to be a crappier situation than UT.

fearthehound writes:

in response to azasev:

I f Foolmer is SOO greta why has he NOT been offered a job over the last FOUR years..? and dont tell me he did not want to coach elsewhere he made it very clear he wanted several jobs(minnesota,Indiana) so just please explain why NO ONE wanted the GREAT coach...but heck we will take him back..Get Ken Sparks at CN anyone but COUNT THE MONEY FOOLMER

Where is the logic in this post? We observed the man coaching for 16 years as a head coach and several others as an assistant. Why in the world would we need to make a judgement as to if he's a desirable coach based on whether another team wants him or not?

Kryptonite_22 writes:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT...The vols do NOT I repeat do NOT need to rehire Phillip Fulmer! Look at his record against the current coaches that are still coaching in the SEC!!! He got OWNED by Fla, Sc, Ga, and Ala...so what makes you think the guy can come in four years later and reverse those trends? People need to really think before posting STUPID things like this. I also want to say that the vols do NOT need to hire Butch Davis, Bobby Petrino or Jim Tressle!!! Did you forget we are on probation with the NCAA? Jim Tressle can't even get a college coaching job right now. Please pull your head out of your arses and stop posting phooey without THINKING first!!!!

st8of10ec writes:

I voted yes but in the capacity of A.D. & then I'd go out on a limb & hire Tee Martin as our Head Coach.

Orangethrunthru writes:

What this needs is stability. I say hire Fulmer back bring in Kippy or T martin or someone who has potential and groom him to be the replacement for Fulmer. Let there be a documented understanding to this effect. We can save ourselves alot of grief down the road if we can put something like this into place ....

Volsguy writes:

60% have Voted Yes and the only ones seeming to slam his name is the 39% at this point. I would hire him in a second. I would love to have defense again and have our big bowlingball type running backs again as well. EVERY coach can have a few bad years so get real. Don't give me Fulmer was the problem as thats silly to say. 11-2 in 2001 10-3 in 03 and 04 9-4 in 06 10-4 in 07, Thats not to bad if you ask me. Yes 2 losing seasons but I think Fulmer would not take it for granted this time around. Can anyone say K-State.

1UTVFL writes:

Are we seriuosly having this discussion..wow..why in the god lords name would we hire him back? Do not get me wrong, he was the s--t at one time, no denying that..but I just for the life of me cannot see that bringing him back is a logical move..no way! Hell I hear Monte Kiffin is looking for work too..maybe we should try that one..geez..

volfast40time writes:

in response to azasev:

I f Foolmer is SOO greta why has he NOT been offered a job over the last FOUR years..? and dont tell me he did not want to coach elsewhere he made it very clear he wanted several jobs(minnesota,Indiana) so just please explain why NO ONE wanted the GREAT coach...but heck we will take him back..Get Ken Sparks at CN anyone but COUNT THE MONEY FOOLMER

I cant see the veer working at ut ha

hueypilot writes:

in response to TKO:

Hire Petrino! NOW!

I agree. Hire Phil as HC and Petrino as offensive cooordinator. Give Petrino a year or two in the penalty box so he can prove he can be a good boy again. He won't be able to hire bimbos half his age in that job. He'll do what he does best. Coach offensive football and regain his bonafides as a football coach. He won't be under the bright glare of the HC position but working in the background developing a high scoring offense. Oh, and hire Johnny Chavis to coach the defense and trot out to every recruit in the south how many kids he's put in the NFL in the past twenty years. We'll be back "in the mix" in 2-3 years.

sticknmove15 writes:

in response to MiserableFloridaVol:

We just need somebody to watch the program til Peyton retires!!! Part of the stipulation for the next hire should be, whenever Peyton wants it, you're out of here.

Maybe the most ignorant post I've ever seen on here.....then again, probably not.

SBWB2 writes:

in response to rbwtn:

The AD at TN. missed the Catch of the Day; Wisconsin's coach.

yep... if they hire tommy tubby-ville, I quit.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

60%, I can't believe it. Yeah I can. Good Grief!

BFL

DalTexVol writes:

in response to tenndave:

You Fulmer haters are like democrats. Fulmer had nothing to do with the past 4 years. He is not George Bush. Take responsibility for your actions. You wanted him fired, You got it. The program went into a tailspin and stayed there and got worse and you think it is his fault. Like many democrats you try to blame all your shortcomings on someone else. That my friends is true arrogance.

Hmmm--I like and respect Coach Fulmer and I am also a Democrat. Therefore, your premise is invalid.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to tenndave:

You Fulmer haters are like democrats. Fulmer had nothing to do with the past 4 years. He is not George Bush. Take responsibility for your actions. You wanted him fired, You got it. The program went into a tailspin and stayed there and got worse and you think it is his fault. Like many democrats you try to blame all your shortcomings on someone else. That my friends is true arrogance.

Now I'm totally confused. So, since I like Coach Fulmer, I'm supposed to be a Republican--because he is not George Bush? If it's OK with you, I think I'll keep respecting Coach Fulmer and voting Democrat. But, I am glad to learn that Fulmer is not George Bush. The resemblance is remarkable.

IndyVolFan writes:

The only reason I would say yes is that we're already paying him from his buyout. He was fine as long as he had good assistants. IF, we keep the current OC, OL, an RB coaches and he brings Chief or someone like him back in. Get Dale Jones on D. We could turn things around quickly and still not be out too much money.

Let me be very clear...I thought he had to go when he did. He'd lost the program and we were becoming irrelevant. The players laughing on the sideline while losing to Bama with Neyland 50% red, and also the Wyoming game that year; I thought those things alone were signs that he'd lost it. Manning or any of our old LBs would have torn a kid's head off for joking around while getting pummeled by our biggest rival.

Now has he learned his lesson and could he come back rejuvenated and with a purpose, maybe? He would definitely understand what it means to play Tennessee football without having to visit the museum or do a Google search.

Can't really believe I'm saying this. But it'd be better than some of the irrelevant coaches we've looked at in the past.

Moesart writes:

Wow, there are a lot of dumb people that post here. Phil Fulmer IS THE VERY REASON TENNESSEE FOOTBALL IS IN A HOLE. Just bring back Mike Hamilton too while you are at it.

GerryOP writes:

in response to tenndave:

You Fulmer haters are like democrats. Fulmer had nothing to do with the past 4 years. He is not George Bush. Take responsibility for your actions. You wanted him fired, You got it. The program went into a tailspin and stayed there and got worse and you think it is his fault. Like many democrats you try to blame all your shortcomings on someone else. That my friends is true arrogance.

And you my friend are a classic example of true ignorance.

BigOrangeRock writes:

in response to Moesart:

Wow, there are a lot of dumb people that post here. Phil Fulmer IS THE VERY REASON TENNESSEE FOOTBALL IS IN A HOLE. Just bring back Mike Hamilton too while you are at it.

Wow, you are in a minority.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to tenndave:

You Fulmer haters are like democrats. Fulmer had nothing to do with the past 4 years. He is not George Bush. Take responsibility for your actions. You wanted him fired, You got it. The program went into a tailspin and stayed there and got worse and you think it is his fault. Like many democrats you try to blame all your shortcomings on someone else. That my friends is true arrogance.

Very well stated!

We ALL must realize that Mike Hamilton made a HUGE error when he fired Fulmer in 2008. The program needs stability right now and Phil Fulmer could provide it!

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

I didn't agree with the firing of Coach Fulmer, but bringing him back is not the solution. We need a fresh start with a new young (not too young) energetic coach who can get the ship back on course. There is no shortage of qualified candidates, I'm just surprised that Hart wasn't more prepared for this. I would have thought that he would have been in contact with the agents of about 20 candidates before pulling the plug on Dooley.

SandySpringsVol writes:

"Waaah-waaah-waaah!!! We haven't hired a coach! We're never going to get one! Fire Hart! Fire Cheek! Fire Martin! Fire Haslam! Fire Dooley - oh wait, he's already been fired... Anyway, fire him again, he was that bad! Get Fulmer back! Hire Majors! Hire Battle! Hire Chavis! Hire Randy Sanders - um, hold up on that last one..."

For all of you who have gone off the deep end and are throwing tantrums like spoiled two year olds, this is the time to be patient and let the process work. There are plenty of good candidates left.

Davis or Petrino could likely be hired today, but the university probably thinks they can do better, and they probably will.

In the meantime, try to stop acting like idiots -- it reflects badly on the university and its fan base.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Razor784:

Fulmer was great at one time, but there's a reason he hasn't gotten a quality coaching offer since he left UT

Please. Tell us.

Nevermind. I have a theory. He was fired. How many coaches who were fired after many years at the same place, with championships on their resume, have been offered another job at the same or higher level? I can't think of any. There are probably a few, but they were also probably fired for off-the-field reasons, not for losing too many games.

It's doubtful that any major BCS school, specially a contender (like UT had been for so long), would offer a fired coach. Many of those kinds of coaches take lesser jobs, but Fulmer made it pretty clear that he wouldn't. Why should he, with his resume, and his bank account?

BigOrangeRock writes:

Bottom line, Bring Fulmer back.

The Rock has spoken.

SaneVolFan writes:

in response to Kryptonite_22:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT...The vols do NOT I repeat do NOT need to rehire Phillip Fulmer! Look at his record against the current coaches that are still coaching in the SEC!!! He got OWNED by Fla, Sc, Ga, and Ala...so what makes you think the guy can come in four years later and reverse those trends? People need to really think before posting STUPID things like this. I also want to say that the vols do NOT need to hire Butch Davis, Bobby Petrino or Jim Tressle!!! Did you forget we are on probation with the NCAA? Jim Tressle can't even get a college coaching job right now. Please pull your head out of your arses and stop posting phooey without THINKING first!!!!

You should heed your own advice, dude. I'm not saying they would or should hire Fulmer back, but if you're going to talk about his record maybe you should look at it first. He won the east 4 of his last 8 years. And yes, he lost to those schools at times during that stretch but he had an 11-win season, 3 10-win seasons, a 9 win season, and only the 2 losing seasons. If you win the east half the time in your "bad years", I would say that's pretty decent. Especially considering 3 of those teams you mentioned are in the east. We haven't even sniffed the rear end of that record in the last 4 years.

SandySpringsVol writes:

Here's a poll that the KNS won't run...

"Do you think that the Knoxville News-Sentinel and GoVolsXtra have helped or hurt Tennessee's attempt to hire a new coach?"

ARANGEVOL writes:

DAY 18

Why do people think he would want the job back?

After Mr Hamilton, Kiffen and Dooley made it even worse!?

I cant understand why a lot of fans think the U.T. job is such an attraction. Its not its a night mare.

VOL FOR EVER

BigOrangeFreak writes:

in response to tenndave:

You Fulmer haters are like democrats. Fulmer had nothing to do with the past 4 years. He is not George Bush. Take responsibility for your actions. You wanted him fired, You got it. The program went into a tailspin and stayed there and got worse and you think it is his fault. Like many democrats you try to blame all your shortcomings on someone else. That my friends is true arrogance.

Your comments are idiotic on so many levels I almost decided not to reply. My thinking is that trying to reason with someone who makes comments like you did is like arguing with a pre-schooler.

First of all, this is a SPORTS SITE and comments should be limited to SPORTS ISSUES. People who are bitter about politics should find an approprate forum and air their grievances there.

We have big enough issues to deal with that HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS!

Fulmer was fired because he consistently did less with more and it finally caught up with him. He felt like because he had played at Tennessee, come up through the coaching ranks at Tennessee, and won a National Championship at Tennessee, that he was not accountable to anyone, and that he was bigger than the program. Like many UT fans, I appreciated Coach Fulmer when he was humble and hungry about the job; at some point in his career, he lost both of those traits, and suffered the consequences.

To say that the program went "into a tailspin" after he was fired is inaccurate. It was in a tailspin in the last few years of his tenure and ignorant fans with their heads in the sand were just unwilling to face that fact.

cdldoc#211897 writes:

in response to BigOrangeFreak:

Your comments are idiotic on so many levels I almost decided not to reply. My thinking is that trying to reason with someone who makes comments like you did is like arguing with a pre-schooler.

First of all, this is a SPORTS SITE and comments should be limited to SPORTS ISSUES. People who are bitter about politics should find an approprate forum and air their grievances there.

We have big enough issues to deal with that HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS!

Fulmer was fired because he consistently did less with more and it finally caught up with him. He felt like because he had played at Tennessee, come up through the coaching ranks at Tennessee, and won a National Championship at Tennessee, that he was not accountable to anyone, and that he was bigger than the program. Like many UT fans, I appreciated Coach Fulmer when he was humble and hungry about the job; at some point in his career, he lost both of those traits, and suffered the consequences.

To say that the program went "into a tailspin" after he was fired is inaccurate. It was in a tailspin in the last few years of his tenure and ignorant fans with their heads in the sand were just unwilling to face that fact.

Freak, "your comments are idiotic on so many levels I almost decided not to reply. My thinking is that trying to reason with someone who makes comments like you did is like arguing with a pre-schooler." Mostly you are an insulting sophomoric pest.

Less with more is way better than none.

VOLNCAL writes:

Lane Kiffin and Dooley are responsible for the past years since Coach Fulmer was let go. Different coaches coming and going, recruits bailing because of uncertainty with the program, coaches bailing for better opportunities...No one knows CPF job opportunity offers. Yes, he had a massive buy out of the contract, which means he probably wasn't marketing for another job; However, he is Tennessee through and through. He is loyal to the school, has a hall of fame background and knows what it takes to compete in the SEC. Based on those credentials and all the attributes we fans are calling for in a coach right now, how could you over-look him? I think his name alone would attract recruits, perhaps not from their young mind-set but there parents know the history, and in reality, aren't the parents a big part of a player's recruitment in today's time? As a fan I'm not enthused about rolling the dice on a bargain-basement coach without a proven track record. Just my humble opinion and it is only worth the amount of time it took to type this out. :-)

jandspreuss writes:

in response to bljvol:

Why would you rehire the very person who put us in this current situation??????? dumbest thing Hart could do if that happens stick a fork in it the Tennessee Football program is FOREVER HISTORY in being relevant in any conference Get over FULMER great coach in his day but that ship has long sailed. Hart needs to get his head out of his arse and go get the best of the best regardless of the cost

People like you are why we are in this mess. We were in the SEC championship game in 2007 and fired our coach midway through 2008. How crazy is that? Beg Fulmer and Chavis to come back and hope they say yes.

BigOrangeFreak writes:

in response to cdldoc#211897:

Freak, "your comments are idiotic on so many levels I almost decided not to reply. My thinking is that trying to reason with someone who makes comments like you did is like arguing with a pre-schooler." Mostly you are an insulting sophomoric pest.

Less with more is way better than none.

How original! You basically stole my entire post and think that proves your point?

"Less with more is way better than none."

That's your argument? Sounds kinda like "At least we don't suck as bad as we used to!" You sound like the kind of guy who wouldn't mind getting scraps thrown to him from the guy who's eating steak.

Is that you Dave Hart?

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