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Phillip Fulmer joins East Tennessee State as assistant (to the) AD

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Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has expressed interest in getting back into football recently. He’ll get his wish at East Tennessee State.

The university announced on Tuesday that Fulmer would serve as a special assistant to the athletic director for football — I swear that’s his real title and not one of my corny “Office” references — as the school restarts a program that was disbanded in 2003.

“When you have a chance to use the knowledge and skill of a Hall of Fame coach who has won a national championship and is revered as one of the truly great coaches in college football, you have to jump on that opportunity,” AD Richard Sander said during a press conference. “Phil Fulmer will make a huge contribution to the success of ETSU football.”

Fulmer has been out of coaching since being released by Tennessee in 2008. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this past year after posting a 152-52 record with the Vols over his career, which included a national championship.

“It is very exciting to be asked to work with Dr. Noland and Dr. Sander to help them any way I can to launch college football again at ETSU,” Fulmer said. “I am extremely impressed with Dr. Noland’s passion to build upon and enhance the culture of excellence at ETSU. Dr. Noland and Dr. Sander both believe and understand that sports, and in this case football, is important to both the students and the alumni of a university. It can help them enjoy and enhance the college experience, as well as stay connected for years to come.”

Fulmer’s shown interest in previous openings at Arkansas and Kansas, but was ultimately passed over.

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19 Responses to “Phillip Fulmer joins East Tennessee State as assistant (to the) AD”
  1. be4bama says: Apr 2, 2013 7:38 PM

    ETSU……really? New low for Fulmer.

  2. vols84 says: Apr 2, 2013 10:17 PM

    He’s not the coach, he’s helping them get their program started as an advisor. It’s not to far down the road from UT.

  3. tuscaloosaguy says: Apr 3, 2013 12:03 AM

    Phat Phil. There must be a Krispy Kreme or Dukin’ Doughnuts in town.

  4. sssjim7 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:12 AM

    Cool… I didn’t know ETSU stop playing football… here’s to hoping they get it up and running successfully! I remember watching them play the Citadel way back when… lol

    Best of luck!

  5. jacobamopars says: Apr 3, 2013 12:16 PM

    Great opportunity for ETSU to build a very good program and it’s a good way for Fulmer to get back into football without the headaches of coaching!!! They will have a good programs really soon and to any of you morons that are wanting to slam Fulmer I say to you F/O! He was and will always be one of the greatest coaches in college football and at UT!!!

  6. be4bama says: Apr 3, 2013 12:52 PM

    jacobamopars, by what standards to you compare Fulmer to when declaring him one of college football’s greatest?

  7. jacobamopars says: Apr 3, 2013 1:07 PM

    Well lets see, He has the 2nd best win loss ratio in CFA history behind only Bowden just to name one thing!!

  8. be4bama says: Apr 3, 2013 1:25 PM

    Great coaches don’t get fired!! They retire.

  9. delashmit says: Apr 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    Good news for Phil and ETSU. Phil is my all time favorite Tennessee Vol football coach who was wrongly fired by Mike Hamilton and his destroying the Tennessee program.

    As to those who disagree with Fulmer as being a great football coach look at his win percentage and he is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

    If Butch Jones can do as well as Phil did then Tennessee will be back to prominence.

  10. pricecube says: Apr 3, 2013 5:53 PM


    He owned Bama for a decade. I understand why you dislike the guy.

  11. be4bama says: Apr 3, 2013 7:51 PM

    49-38-7. BAMA’s record against UT

  12. sssjim7 says: Apr 3, 2013 11:28 PM

    Uh, be4bama, what are you quoting? Phil Fulmers’ record against Alabama while coaching at Tennessee was 11-4.

    Not sure what you were referring to…???

  13. jacobamopars says: Apr 4, 2013 12:08 AM

    I ‘ll take Fulmer’s career record any day over Sabans!!! And as for why be4bama and others like him are concerned they do not like Fulmer because he was responsible for reporting ‘BAMA’s violations to the NCAA a few years back which earned ‘Bama a couple years pf probation and bowl ban because of their illegal activity!!! Basically Bama has an ATM machine set up on their sidelines and they’ve made a great many withdrawals from that machine over the years for many different reasons……..some of it has been for the many assorted refs that have passed through Tuscaloosa especially for certain big games that have been played there but an even bigger amounts that have been withdrawn for some of their more special players!!! Just like Robin Hood, Rob from the rich boosters and give to the poor players that would have otherwise never came to Alabama to start with!!!!

  14. be4bama says: Apr 4, 2013 7:25 AM

    What are you smoking jacob? Fulmer over Saban now that’s hilarious 49-39-7 is the series record. BAMA has won 49 UT 39 and 7 ties. Do you understand now?

  15. be4bama says: Apr 4, 2013 7:27 AM

    sssjim do you understand now too?

  16. jacobamopars says: Apr 4, 2013 7:41 AM

    And you think that has anything to do with Saban you tideturd?? Again, Fulmers record against the elephants is 11-4 period and yes I will take Fulmer over Saban or any other SEC coach and that would include BEAR too!!! When it’s all said and done Fulmers record will stand the test of time……will Sabans??? I doubt it because he has proven that when the going gets tough he leaves!!!

  17. coastalex says: Apr 4, 2013 4:48 PM

    Good for you Coach, good luck to you! We (TN fans) messed up when we axed you and I’m not afraid to admit it.

  18. coastalex says: Apr 4, 2013 4:50 PM

    Why are BAMA fans such @$$holes…seriously. I just don’t get it.

  19. jacobamopars says: Apr 4, 2013 6:20 PM

    Bama’ is the rectum of the SEC so they can’t help but be a bunch of assholes!!

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