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Fulmer interested in Irish opening

One of the names on the periphery of the discussion for potential replacements for Charlie Weis at Notre Dame has been Phil Fulmer.

According to a colleague of Fulmer’s, the former Tennessee head coach would like to move from the periphery and into the realm of serious discussion.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who works with Fulmer on CBS Sports, says the coach is indeed interested in the opening.

I know he’s interested, and he’s an aggressive, relentless recruiter,” Lemming said. “He would bring in a real good staff, and he’s a relentless worker.”

There’s been no indication from the school that Fulmer is under consideration for the Irish job.  Then again, there’s been no indication that he isn’t, so it’s safe to say we can officially toss the Fulmer log onto the rumor mill fire.

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22 Responses to “Fulmer interested in Irish opening”
  1. BengalsDouche2 says: Dec 4, 2009 1:42 PM

    Good. Maybe that’ll keep Brian Kelly here in Cincy out of the fire. lol Doubtful but we can dream.

  2. Robert Garcia (vegasrobert) says: Dec 4, 2009 1:43 PM

    It’s getting quite sad how Phil Fulmer keeps announcing his interest for open jobs but NO schools have announced him on any of their “lists”.
    Someone needs to grab him from a 2nd tier school – if he wises up and takes it – so we don’t have to listen to his begging – I mean public pitches – for a job that doesnt want him.

  3. BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2009 1:57 PM

    Agreed with above. Phil Fulmer is like Floyd Reece with GM jobs last year.

  4. leatherneck says: Dec 4, 2009 2:07 PM

    What nothing on the Fighting Irish turning down a bowl, because THEY KNOW THEY WOULD LOSE, no matter who they played.

  5. xacvol says: Dec 4, 2009 2:11 PM

    @Garcia
    That sounds sooo profound. Im sure no one would be interested in a coach that has won two SEC Titles(while playing in a total of 5 SEC Championship Games), a BCS National Championship, a record of 152-52 (thats a .745 winning %), and consistently had top 10 ranked recruiting classes. Not bad for a 13 year tenure…Yep no one would be interested in that.

  6. hrudey says: Dec 4, 2009 2:48 PM

    Fulmer interested in filling the opening in his face with various manners of pork.
    (Look, as a Gator fan, I’m required to make the Fatboy Phil reference.)

  7. Hong Kong Phooey says: Dec 4, 2009 2:55 PM

    I’m interested as well.

  8. DCroz says: Dec 4, 2009 3:06 PM

    Fulmer has the record to make him suitable for the ND job, but does he have the personality? It would seem to be a very odd fit, but then again, who would have thought Lou Holtz would have fit in South Bend the way he did?
    Really, it all would depend on which Fulmer would show up. Would it be the Fulmer who coached several big-time players (including one named Payton Manning–has anyone heard from him lately?) and won one national and two SEC titles? Or would it be the Fulmer who accomplished next to nothing in the second half of his tenure, aside from having one highly disappointing season after another?
    Fulmer definitely has the ability, but he would definitely be a big gamble on ND’s part if they decided to go with him.

  9. gator_prof says: Dec 4, 2009 3:07 PM

    Phil is by far the most accomplished coach that ND would have since Holtz.
    For those of you fans from 2nd tier football conferences (read non-SEC fans), you could probably inflate his winning percentage by a .100 if he coached outside the SEC.

  10. hitman23 says: Dec 4, 2009 3:46 PM

    stoops already signed this morning so fulmer can go scratch. dont know why its not reported yet. it is done

  11. frank booth says: Dec 4, 2009 4:03 PM

    ND said that they would offer the job to Fullmer as soon as Foge Fazio responds to their offer. As of 4:00 today, Fazio is still not returning any calls.

  12. BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2009 5:08 PM

    Community College_prof,
    Ha, that would be quite an accomplishment when you consider the bump up in competition. Let’s pretend that Phillip was coaching at UF this year and he just got done wrapping up a grueling schedule against a whopping ONE ranked team in regular season play (finally get another one this week…. don’t overexert yourself there). To have to go to ND and then play against TWO ranked teams would be challenging by comparison.
    The SEC is the posterchild for why a playoff is needed, but not for the reason Rebels would cite. Implementing playoffs would diminish the cupcake schedules that schools in the SEC schedule.
    Charleston Southern
    Troy
    Tennessee
    at Kentucky
    at No. 4 LSU
    Arkansas
    at Mississippi State
    vs. Georgia*
    Vanderbilt
    at South Carolina
    Florida International
    Florida State
    vs. No. 2 Alabama*

  13. BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2009 5:10 PM

    ….oh, plus he could no longer recruit players with marshmallows for brains. That “Student” part of Student-Athlete would inconveniently come into play.

  14. edgy says: Dec 4, 2009 5:14 PM

    If it wasn’t for the fact that Blighting Irish coaches don’t stick around that long, I’d have a problem with his age (60 by the time the season starts). Rockne had the longest tenure at 13 years while Holtz lasted 11, so if they get 8-10 years out of him, it wouldn’t be too bad. But still, they’d be better off going with a younger coach, like Brian Kelly, who’s almost 10 years his junior.

  15. hrudey says: Dec 4, 2009 5:56 PM

    BrownsTown: I should just defer to you on this, as you’re obviously an expert on losing teams. I mean, they should just put a “Property of Pittsburgh” sticker on the Browns’ helmets. But regardless, Alabama and Florida have more wins over top 30 teams (Sagarin’s rankings) than anyone else in the country. Florida owns or plays the owner of six of the 11 crystal footballs awarded to date on an annual basis. Not only does the SEC have the top two teams in the country, again, but the third and fourth teams in the SEC East also just beat the teams playing for the ACC championship tomorrow.
    You make the same mistake a lot of people do — looking solely at the rankings as if a game becomes quality if a team is #25 and ceases to be if they’re down to #26. And while I will agree that the whole “they beat each other up” argument with the SEC is a bit over-relied on, look at their records when they take on other BCS conferences and you’ll see that there’s some truth to it too.

  16. BrownsTown says: Dec 4, 2009 9:42 PM

    hrudey,
    I hope you didn’t spend a lot of time on that intro.
    Moving on, um, yeah, most people define a “good” game by being against a ranked opponent. That’s kind of how things work in college football. But go ahead and tout the #26 – #30 teams if you want.
    Speaking of records, how come the SEC has a .500 record vs. the Big Ten in bowl games over the last 6-7 years? That doesn’t sound very successful.
    “That doesn’t sound very successful.” That statement also applies to fighting wars, operating a public education system, staying above the poverty line, and living in racial harmony. But you got Tim Tebow, so there’s always that.

  17. gator_prof says: Dec 4, 2009 10:18 PM

    BrownsTown,
    I will try to break this down to a level that perhaps even you can understand.
    Simply put, the SEC is 5-0 in the BCS championship game. UF and LSU each have as many titles as any other conference. There is a good shot that will be 6-0 and 4 in a row for the SEC.
    The SEC also is 12-5 in BCS bowls.
    BTW, the Little Ten are sub 0.500 in both categories. Here is a source.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowl_Championship_Series
    Given these facts, I am curious about your definition of success.
    No one cares about the “also ran” bowls, unless you route for “also ran” teams, so please don’t come back with such nonsense as a measure of true success.
    I don’t understand why people hate on Tebow. He is a good player, had a good GPA, and by all accounts is a genuinely good guy who spends an awful lot of time helping out other folks. Then again, I am sure that someone like yourself is just as accomplished, talented and community service oriented. Jealously would never cause people to lash out.

  18. hrudey says: Dec 4, 2009 11:05 PM

    See, you miss the point. Boise played a top 10 team and a whole lot of teams that sucked. Florida played a team that was at the time top 10, and a lot of good but not great teams. Teams like Georgia, South Carolina, etc. have shown that they can, on a given day, rise up and beat a ranked team. And if a team can compete with ranked teams and win some of those games, those are quality opponents. People who want to look as quality as being “top 25 or not” are free to do so, but it doesn’t mean I have to subscribe to their simplistic world.
    As far as the Big Ten v. SEC: I’m not going to look up each conferences bowl results for whatever time period you wish to define. The SEC went 6-2 last season, and the Big Ten went 1-6. The SEC wins titles, and the Big Ten loses BCS title games and the Rose Bowl.

  19. xacvol says: Dec 5, 2009 12:29 AM

    @browntown
    Whats the Big 10 record in BCS games against SEC schools?
    Plus, go APP STATE!

  20. skinny pigeon says: Dec 5, 2009 3:25 AM

    “. . . a coach that has won two SEC Titles(while playing in a total of 5 SEC Championship Games), a BCS National Championship, a record of 152-52 (thats a .745 winning %), and consistently had top 10 ranked recruiting classes. Not bad for a 13 year tenure…”
    Makes you wonder why Tennessee went from a 1st-tier coach to a 2nd-tier coach.

  21. FJC1109 says: Dec 7, 2009 1:31 PM

    I am no great UT fan, nor am I a Fulmer apologist. But, he has produced on the field and in recruiting. If Phil # 1 shows up it could a return to the late 1980’s and Mr. Holtz, if Phil# 2 shows up, we have the Davies-Willingham-Weiss era continued.
    Also, Rocky Top is not exactly a low-key place when it comes to its football expectations; so Phil should be able to acclimate to the ND hot seat. I like Kelly for the job, just don’t know if he is suited for the ND pressure cooker.

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