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Philip Fulmer: ‘I’m certainly not retired’

Phillip Fulmer in 2013. (KNS photo by Saul Young)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — SI.com has a good story on former Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer’s role in East Tennessee State’s start-up football program.

“I’m certainly not retired,” Fulmer told SI’s Zac Ellis. “People ask me all the time, ‘How are you doing with retirement?’ I’m certainly not retired. I’ve got like three jobs it seems like.”

ETSU ultimately hired Carl Torbush, a coaching veteran who is well-liked and respected in the business. ETSU plays its first game in 2015.


Tennessee’s coaching turnover in this century is about average for topsy-turvy SEC

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has made few coaching changes on his staff since his hiring in 2001.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee has had 44 different coaches come through Knoxville since 2001.

That’s a lot, right?

Believe it or not, it’s almost exactly average for the cutthroat league. The average team has churned through 43.79 head and assistant coaches since 2001, according to analysis by David Morrison of the Columbia (Mo.) Tribune.

For Tennessee, the 2001 starting point is arbitrary. Morrison used it for his analysis because that’s when Gary Pinkel arrived at Mizzou. Pinkel and Georgia coach Mark Richt were both hired that year. Not surprisingly, the Tigers and Bulldogs have had the most stable staffs among the 14 teams in the league.

Check out this spreadsheet if you want to see every coach at every school since 2001. Florida leads the way with 56 total coaches. That’s a lot of turnover for a school that won two national championships during this stretch.

The offensive and defensive coordinator positions were two of the most volatile spots in the survey, changing hands eight times since 2001.

Tennessee beat them in that category, with nine coaches responsible for tight ends in the last 13 years: Doug Marrone (2001); Jimmy Ray Stephens (2002); Greg Adkins (2003-05); Matt Luke (2006-07); Jason Michael (2008, TEs); Jim Chaney (2009, also OC); Eric Russell (2010-11, TEs); Charlie Coiner (2012, TEs); Mark Elder (2013-14, TEs).

(Under former coach Phillip Fulmer, the tight ends coach often handled tackles as well).

The entire data-heavy blog is worth checking out.

Tennessee football practice report: Phillip Fulmer visits with Butch Jones (with practice video and photos)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was a guest at Tuesday’s practice at the Anderson Training Center.

Fulmer, who was on crutches, spoke with Jones before the start of the workout.

The Vols moved indoors because of heavy rain (and expected snow later tonight).

Tennessee (4-7, 1-6 SEC) plays Kentucky (2-9, 1-6) on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.)

Check out some photos (above) and videos (below) from Tuesday’s session.

Tennessee is 9th ‘most valuable’ team in college football, according to Forbes

dave-hart-kns.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart and new coach Butch Jones talk frequently of the importance of the Vols’ football “brand.”

Even former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, when I spoke to him earlier this month at his Hall of Fame induction, spoke of the importance of rebuilding Tennessee’s iconic national brand in college football.

“We have built a brand at Tennessee that we lost, but we can get back,” Fulmer said.

Despite five years of mediocre football, the road may not be as long as some think.

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Butch Jones says former coaches Dickey, Majors, Fulmer have been ‘extremely supportive’

phillip-fulmer-hof.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — New Tennessee coach Butch Jones said he’s already spoken to three former coaches who were the face of Vols football for nearly three decades.

Jones said he spoke with Doug Dickey (1964-1969), Johnny Majors (1977-1992) and Phillip Fulmer (1992-2008) shortly after being hired.

“They’ve been extremely supportive,” Jones said Sunday night on “The Nation” sports radio show. “We have such a great tradition here, and I want to embrace that. I want our players to understand what they’re representing when they put that Power T on. That’s going to be at the core of our program — our tradition and how we build on that.”

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Phillip Fulmer on returning to coaching: ‘Never say never’


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.

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Peyton Manning preparing for return to Knoxville this weekend

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will be honored before Saturday’s game against Alabama for his upcoming induction into the College Hall of Fame. We’ll have a big story on Fulmer in Thursday’s News Sentinel (linked here as soon it’s online).

Fulmer’s most prominent former player, quarterback Peyton Manning, is making the trip to Knoxville for the ceremony. Tennessee will also honor the 1997 SEC championship team on which Manning was a senior star.

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