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Phillip Fulmer wants Kansas job?

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Three seasons after being fired by Tennessee — it seems longer than that, no? — Phillip Fulmer could be back on the sidelines again at another school.

At least, that’s what Fulmer seems to want. is reporting that Fulmer is interested in the Kansas job that recently opened after Turner Gill was fired after just his second season.

He told me a little over a week ago, ‘Let ’em know I’m interested,’” said a Lawrence resident who worked with Fulmer at Wichita State. “The guy had a 152-52 record playing in the best conference in America! He wanted the job two years ago, and they hired a guy who was 20-30 in a bad league?”

“They”, of course, being KU, and “a guy” being Gill.

But it’s still unclear if Kansas feels the same way about Fulmer; KUSports also breaks down a list of potential candidates for the job. The former Vols coach was apparently interested in the Jayhawks opening two years ago when Gill was hired, and Fulmer hasn’t appeared on many coaching radars since leaving Tennessee.

There was a brief time where Fulmer was thought to be a candidate for the UT athletic director spot, but that ultimately went to David Hart.

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14 Responses to “Phillip Fulmer wants Kansas job?”
  1. rendadoll says: Dec 6, 2011 11:29 AM

    So Baby Huey has decided he wants to coach again? Let us hope he doesn’t pull the antics he did for SEC media days, by NOT showing up. And let us all hope he doesn’t start caring more about bringing the Other Universities in the NCAA down with his fettered and outrageous lines and lies.

    Kansas can do much better, than Wanking Fulmer.

  2. woebegong says: Dec 6, 2011 11:34 AM

    The man knows X’s and O’s. He would have to be a step up from Turner Gill. He survived a lot of years in what is the pressure cooker of the SEC. Bet Tenn. wishes he had never left now. I liked the guy, but the Tenn. admin. though he was going south in his ability to coach the game. Then came Kiffin and Dooley. Wonder what they think now. In the SEC it is always, what have you done for me lately. That means, what did you do last year. Kind of makes me wonder.

  3. teke184 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:01 PM

    Fulmer can coach and it’s a draw to recruits to go out and say “I won a BCS title in the best league in the country! Come play for me!”, but I’m wondering how he’ll do with the resources of Kansas behind him.

    Tennessee recruited nationally every year because the in-state talent wasn’t there to compete with the rest of the SEC, let alone for a national title. The in-state talent for Kansas is worse than that.

    The saving grace for him would have to be playing at least two games in Texas each year between Tech, Baylor, TCU, and UT. Access to that deep talent pool may give him enough material to make Kansas respectable.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Dec 6, 2011 12:03 PM

    Kansas blew it by not taking Mike Leach before WSU. Perfect fit for the Big 12 school. Now they might want to consider Pat Hill (Fresno) before he starts vacationing in Hawaii.

  5. quitcrying says: Dec 6, 2011 1:49 PM

    someone should give ol’ phil a shot!

  6. says: Dec 6, 2011 2:17 PM

    Tennessee recruited nationally every year because the in-state talent wasn’t there to compete with the rest of the SEC, let alone for a national title. The in-state talent for Kansas is worse than that.

    Or because there isn’t a lot of talent in Kansas he’s used to going out of state. The situations are more similar than they are different.

    I think Fulmer would do well in Lawrence….which is why I think it’s a bad idea.

  7. cosanostra71 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:27 PM

    Fulmer is a good coach. I think it would be a solid hire by Kansas.

  8. dhnation21 says: Dec 6, 2011 3:52 PM

    rendadoll – you’re a disrespectful slug that blurs reality through lying to yourself. Please take a moment to research and obtain truth before vomiting lies.

    Kansas would be a good fit for Coach Fulmer, they would lucky to have him. His connections would enable him to assemble a quality staff that would eventually produce his successor. He’s a solid recruiter, someone to stabilize the ship and build a program.

  9. parkerfly says: Dec 6, 2011 4:32 PM

    “Then came Kiffin and Dooley. Wonder what they think now.”

    After seeing what he’s done at USC, they wish Kiffin had stayed.

  10. woebegong says: Dec 6, 2011 4:59 PM

    Kiffin has had a team pretty much handed to him. I guess next year we will see what he can do with his own recruits. Bet he is sorry J. Jones got away and ended up at Georgia.

  11. billymc75 says: Dec 6, 2011 5:40 PM

    This is who A&M should hire!

  12. tideofunc says: Dec 6, 2011 6:55 PM

    i was going to comment about phat phil but my mom and dad, let him r.i.p., taught me to keep remain silent if i could not find one positive thing to say about someone.

  13. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Dec 7, 2011 2:21 AM

    Most definitely Texas A&M should really consider hiring Fulmer. It would be the best move they can make…that guy knows how to coach, he knows sec football, and he has all the connection in seccountry to be a successful recruiter. A&M if you’re smart jump on Fulmer like white on rice and tell him he can have as much donuts as he wants if could coach for you!… Good Luck to both schools, I hope for your success in the future especially A&M because I want my Tigeauxs to go up against the best everytime they play. The way I see it, if we play the best and beat the best, then we must be the best!!! Geaux Tigeauxs!!!

  14. woebegong says: Dec 7, 2011 7:00 AM

    You hit the nail on the head when you said he knows SEC football. He does have a good knowledge of how to survive in the pressure cooker, and he does have contact still down south for recruiting lanes. He would seem to me to be a very good selection for A & M.

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