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Fulmer doesn't think he'll get AD job

Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:03 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee has named Joan Cronan as its interim athletic director following the resignation of Mike Hamilton, but that doesn't mean the search for a full-time replacement has ended. As you'd expect, one name that comes up pretty often as a candidate is former coach Phil Fulmer. Fulmer himself has let it be known that he'd be interested in the job, but just because he's interested that doesn't mean he likes his chances.

Fulmer admitted as much while attending a charity golf tournament this week in Tennessee.

“I don’t think I’ll be one of the guys they’ll even consider,’’ Fulmer told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “Because they’re probably looking for a sitting athletic director, more than likely.

“And that’s good. That’s no problem. I’m just interested to see who it’s going to be.’’ 

Fulmer's logic is hard to argue with. Yes, he may still be a sentimental favorite amongst Tennessee fans, but just because he's won a national championship at Tennessee doesn't mean he's the most attractive candidate to run the entire athletic department. Besides, if any former Tennessee head coach should become an athletic director, it should be Lane Kiffin.

Imagine the fun we'd all have with that. 


Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2011 2:55 pm

Fulmer doesn't think he'll get AD job

I cannot see another candidate better than the former head coach Fulmer to be the AD. It might be that the current powers might think he would be to powerful and take away some of their clout. This should not be a reason  not to hire a man that has given so much to Tennessee.

You know the current crop of Tennessee coaches would toe the line as they would know that Fulmer had been around the track a few times. He would also know the sec in and out, the rules, legal means of avoiding any possible sanctions thus keeping the program out of trouble. The could also learn a few things from him that would tightened the bonds between himself and the current coaches.

Others seeking the A.D. position you might hire could be using the position as a means to obtain another. Fulmer would not take the position to put himself in line for another A.D. position down the line.

The other coaches in the sec know and respect him for his work as the head coach of Tennessee. He would have the school and program at heart and do nothing to cause it to be in any serious trouble with the NCAA.

You , at times, look far and wide for a solution to a problem when the answer is looking you directly in the eye willing to help solve the very problem you might create.

I hope your reference to Lane Kiffin was your attempt at a little humor. If it was it was very little humor.


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