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Phillip Fulmer: We were NCAA compliant

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Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said on Sunday that he wasn’t aware of any payments made to former Volunteer running back Arian Foster and that his program was clean during his time in Knoxville.  Foster’s comments about taking money at Tennessee were revealed last week via an interview he did for a documentary.

Fulmer released a statement saying: “As the head coach at Tennessee for 17 years, I took great pride in having a program that was NCAA compliant, as did our staff and administration. If we knew of a violation, big or small, we reported it.”

Foster played at Tennessee for Fulmer from 2005-2008.

According to the NCAA, there is a four-year statute of limitations on such allegations, but the organization can decide that extenuating circumstances warrant another investigation.

Don’t expect anything to come of this, but do expect more players to tell similar tales in the future as respect for the NCAA continues to wane.

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12 Responses to “Phillip Fulmer: We were NCAA compliant”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:10 PM

    Well, is almost Halloween. Time for the (not so great) Big Orange Pumpkin to reappear.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 22, 2013 10:12 PM

    Arian Foster was provided unlimited food during the hours that the athletic dining hall was open, which is from dawn til late in the evening. No athlete ever goes hungry.

    Not only is he not believable, he has cashed out, and is screwing the Texans over nowadays with his lack of effort.

  3. vols84 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:17 PM

    Arian Foster has an agenda. He wasn’t a fan favorite while in Knoxville. He fumbled a lot and during big moments of a game.

    Another thing missed in all of this was you go to school at Tennessee, Florida, Bama, LSU, or any other program to better yourself to make a living. Just like every other student, you sacrifice by putting in your time so that one day you can make money. He got mad because coach drove a Lexus. Coach was a grown man who had been into the same situation and got an education to better himself. Foster is just a bitter angry soul.

  4. taintedlombardis says: Sep 23, 2013 12:40 AM

    Look at the pathetic Tennessee fans.

  5. sportsfan18 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:49 AM

    Coach says they were NCAA compliant.

    If Foster took money, even if they weren’t aware, there were NOT NCAA compliant coach…

    Just SAYING that you were NCAA compliant doesn’t make it so…

  6. earpaniac says: Sep 23, 2013 1:43 AM

    With the ridiculousness of NCAA rules, I seriously doubt there is one div 1 school that isn’t “dirty”. By that I don’t mean they are all giving money and cars to players. If a coach or booster, etc buys a kid lunch, they have broken a NCAA rule. And that is insane.

  7. Slim Charles says: Sep 23, 2013 2:23 AM

    Yeah, lot of Tennessee fans whining. Sorry guys, it’s your turn. The only lesson you can learn is to not crow loudly when another team gets popped because your team will likely be next.

  8. baredon says: Sep 23, 2013 9:25 AM

    Come on…. Wake up everyone… The coaches may not know the exact events, but they ALL know that things are being done for the sports players….money, gifts and other benefits from the supporters….

  9. vie05ua says: Sep 23, 2013 10:16 AM

    Fulmer’s trying to make himself relevent again. His success came from blowing the whistle on potential competition. He’s nothing but a crybaby, and now that his era is being questioned, he’s gonna turn into a red-topped pumpkin again.

  10. bigdinla says: Sep 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    Don’t worry Fulmer will just provide evidence of Ole miss cheating. UT is fine!

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 23, 2013 2:45 PM

    I’m a Texans fan but I’m getting more than fed up with Arian Foster’s antics this year.

    While I agree with everything he’s saying, you can’t just throw your old coach under the bus like that.

  12. gacanefan says: Sep 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    They don’t call it the Fulmer Cup for nothing.

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