Reports: Fulmer out at Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Phillip Fulmer will not be returning for an 18th season with Tennessee, according to multiple reports Monday.

ESPN.com cited multiple sources that Fulmer, 58, met with Tennessee officials Monday morning where they agreed it would be best if the coach did not stay on the job after this season. The report says an announcement will be made later Monday. The Tennessean also reported Fulmer would announce he would step down.

Athletic director Mike Hamilton and other Tennessee officials did not immediately return voicemails left by The Associated Press. Fulmer did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone. Neither did Fulmer’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, immediately return a page left on his cell phone nor the coach’s attorney, Jeff Hagood, return a message left at his office.

Athletic department officials familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that an announcement was being readied for late afternoon. The official declined to be quoted by name because nothing official has been announced and also would not discuss what the announcement would be.

The Vols fell to 3-6, 1-5 in the Southeastern Conference after winning the league’s Eastern Division title last season after a 27-6 loss at South Carolina on Saturday night.

“Anybody that likes Tennessee and cares about what the product looks like on the field is frustrated,” Fulmer said Sunday.

Fulmer currently has a record of 150-51 all-time in 17 years, which includes 1992 in which he coached three games in place of then-head coach Johnny Majors while he had heart surgery. Majors was ousted after he returned following a loss at South Carolina but finished the regular season.

Tennessee officially named Fulmer head coach on Nov. 29, 1992, and he led the Vols to the 1998 national championship – the school’s first since 1951.

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sctex
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sctex 11/03/08 - 12:15 pm
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Goodbye fatboy Fulmer! Go

Goodbye fatboy Fulmer! Go Gamecocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGA sucks!

Waymore
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Waymore 11/03/08 - 12:45 pm
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The fatboy comment was a

The fatboy comment was a little off base, huh? Are you sure that you aren't a UGA fan?

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r11mcbell 11/03/08 - 01:06 pm
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Wow, with a successful record

Wow, with a successful record like that, what a surprise. Someone will get a very good coach

STHS_REBELS
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STHS_REBELS 11/03/08 - 01:07 pm
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14-7 UGA over USC

14-7 UGA over USC

sctex
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sctex 11/03/08 - 01:52 pm
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49-10

49-10

fighterzack
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fighterzack 11/03/08 - 02:01 pm
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You are correct r11mcbell, it

You are correct r11mcbell, it is a bad move, but Tennessee will lose him nonetheless. Disposable society- have a bad season, kick him to the curb, forget about his other stellar seasons, National Championship, and great recruiting.

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J.W. 11/03/08 - 02:07 pm
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I'm from Tennessee and I can

I'm from Tennessee and I can tell you that the VOL allumni aren't concerned about what you've done...they live by what have you done for me LATELY! Looks like coaching teams wearing orange is bad luck for coaches this year.

PTHS225
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PTHS225 11/03/08 - 02:18 pm
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Maybe they can hire Spurrier

Maybe they can hire Spurrier since he is from Johnson City anyway.....

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 11/03/08 - 03:20 pm
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Too late. I heard they have

Too late. I heard they have already offered Nick Saban $100 more than whatever Bama will pay.

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sunflower61 11/03/08 - 03:25 pm
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Its not what you have done

Its not what you have done for me but what have you done for me lately. Its sad the way coaches get kicked to the curb when they have a couple bad seasons.

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roymccoy 11/03/08 - 04:39 pm
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if you wear orange, i don't

if you wear orange, i don't care for you, but fulmer is a very good coach! he may wind up at auburn or miss. st. he'll guide someone somewhere!

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PTHS225 11/03/08 - 08:39 pm
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How about Clemsux? Their

How about Clemsux? Their faded orange shade is almost the same as the Vols'. Maybe he could recycle a few neckties.

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steve-o 11/03/08 - 09:46 pm
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I HATE the vols, but I

I HATE the vols, but I respect the team, and their fan loyalty. I don't think it is all Fulmer's fault. He used to be able to recruit anyone, from anywhere. He got Peyton Manning for pete's sake! He won the national championship for UT in 1998, and is a great coach. I believe that canning Fulmer will send UT further into the abyss. They will be worse than S.car soon, and that's a looooooooooong way down, son.

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steve-o 11/03/08 - 09:55 pm
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S.car fans- Spurrier was

S.car fans- Spurrier was spotted in the GAP trying on puke orange shirts.

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55 F-100 11/04/08 - 05:42 am
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Fulmer is Tennessee born,

Fulmer is Tennessee born, played football at Tennessee, and coached at Tennessee. I do not believe that he will ever coach on the College level again, because I do not believe that his heart will let him. Love him or hate him, he did a great job at UT. Good Luck, Coach Fulmer.

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corgimom 11/04/08 - 07:34 am
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Let Spurrier go to TN, good

Let Spurrier go to TN, good riddance.

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MrOrlet 11/04/08 - 12:35 pm
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Good Luck to Coach Fulmer.

Good Luck to Coach Fulmer. As a Georgia fan, I can't say I'm sorry to see him go but he helped make the SEC East the toughest division in College Football. He exhibited a loyalty to his institution that is rare in today's game and he served with integrity. Now we can hate the "Evil Genius" even more since we don't have to waste the energy on TN. Go Dawgs!

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