KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer has been away from the sidelines since being let go in 2008.
But the 62-year-old Fulmer says he’s “much too young to be retired,” and he hasn’t closed the door on a returning to coaching.
“There’s nothing like the smell of the grass of an SEC stadium in the fall,” he said during an interview with the News Sentinel this week.
On his dismissal:
“It was just a strange time (in 2008). Circumstances happened. The patience or loyalty or whatever, at that particular moment wasn’t all it needed to be, in my opinion. But that’s water over the dam. There’s nobody (currently at UT) who had anything to do with that. And I’m a Vol. I have been my whole adult life.”
On returning to coaching:
“I don’t think you can ever say never. I never thought I’d be out of coaching until I retired, and I’m much too young to be retired. I enjoy work and I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long, long time as far as taking care of myself. My energy level hasn’t changed. I’m enjoying life, enjoying children and grandchildren. But there’s nothing like the smell of the grass of an SEC stadium in the fall.”