Breaking News from Knoxville

Not that this is surprising:  Phil Fulmer won’t return to coach the Vols next year.  A news conference is scheduled for 5pm eastern.  He’ll finish out 2008 and step down.

I don’t think anyone is surprised by this move considering the level of play they have been at all season.  You can point at the past few seasons and see the slow gradual decline of the program that was part of the two headed SEC East beast in the 90’s.  I don’t particularly like Coach Fulmer much, and I hate to see the possibility of Tennessee getting better, but I hope they show class in how they handle this.  I don’t expect it, but I hope they do.

The Volunteers are in a tough situation regarding their search.  Had the story been he is stepping down now, you have to think Chavis is named Interim head coach.  Now, it is anybody’s ball game.


2 Responses to “Breaking News from Knoxville”

  1. 1 Oshea2002
    November 3, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    This program is clearly out of control, and needs the kind of discipline and leadership that only Tyrone Willingham can provide.

  2. 2 Jimmy Cracked Corndawg
    November 3, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    According to Volquest, the long list to replace Phat Phil:

    Lane Kiffin, Will Muschamp, Jim Grobe, Brian Kelly, Tim Brewster, Gary Patterson, Turner Gill, Mike Leach, Doug Marrone, Charlie Strong and Mike Locksley.
    (Of course, Kiffin and Muschamp are also on Clemson’s list and Leach will be on everyone’s list.)

    Chavis won’t be the next guy at UT. If Fulmer’s out, then his staff won’t be far behind. AD’s and powers-that-be think of them as part of the problem. Fulmer’s hiring was different. It wasn’t that Johnny Majors was doing that bad; he could have lasted a while longer if it weren’t for circumstances. When he got sick, UT realized Phat Phil was the real deal, so they fired Majors so as not to lose their diamond in the rough.

    David Cutcliffe, meanwhile, who is not being mentioned for the post, is a different story. He isn’t on board the sinking ship and is a name everyone associates only with the good times at UT. That’s an advantage Chavis doesn’t have.

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