Fulmer calls Lane Kiffin arrogant, wonders how he got USC job

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says Lane Kiffin's "arrogant attitude turned people off" and wondered how Kiffin was able to land prestigious head coaching jobs at Tennessee and Southern California.

Fulmer, who now works as an analyst for CBS, was forced to resign by Tennessee after the 2008 season and replaced by Kiffin. After one season at Tennessee, Kiffin left the Volunteers to replace Pete Carroll at USC.

On the CBS halftime show, Fulmer said the people of Tennessee felt betrayed by Kiffin when he left Knoxville "with basically his hat in his hand and a bunch of NCAA compliance questions.

"And often his arrogant attitude turned people off. The bigger question in my opinion is how does a guy like this end up with two jobs with historic football teams like Tennessee and USC?"


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  • by jim Location: 37871 on Sep 20, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    COACH FULMER WAS A GREAT COACH AT TN , NO COACH WILL EVER WALK IN HIS FOOT STEPS.
  • by Truth Location: Everywhere on Sep 20, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    The NCAA is a racket...a criminal enterprise
  • by Tn Girl Location: Ohio on Sep 20, 2010 at 05:46 AM
    You can say what you want about Coach Phillip Fulmer. He always and still has Tennessee Vols best interests at heart!He needs to be The Tennessee Athletic Director not Hamilton!!!!!Go Vols!
  • by JESSICA Location: heiskell on Sep 19, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    this is for trat I agree with you bout fulmer. his time was done here at tennessee. Great coach back in the day but like i said his time was over. kiffen can go where ever he wants as long as its not tennessee. what he did and said was uncalled for. i think you need to get on the BIG ORANGE DOOLEY. this man is going to make us all proud to be a vol. GO BIG ORANGE!!!!!!
  • by oliver Location: 37701 on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM
    I agree with Coach Fulmer. Hes a super nice gentleman. Met him at Texas roadhouse and he took time to chat with me.
  • by Jon Location: Knoxville on Sep 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    Fulmer's one to call someone arrogant. No one more arrogant than Fulmer himself!
  • by trat Location: 37921 on Sep 19, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    Typical comment from has been Fulmer.....Bigger question is how Fulmer managed to hold on to his job as long as he did. No wonder he can't find another head coaching job. I just wish Kiffen was still here, Tennessee would probably have beaten Florida if he was!
  • by Cathy Location: Knoxville on Sep 19, 2010 at 06:44 AM
    FULMER FOR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - AMEN! BRING SOME CLASS BACK TO UT.
  • by Kevin Location: Knoxville on Sep 18, 2010 at 10:37 PM
    The answer alot of times can be found at the top of the athletic organization. Fulmer for AD.
  • by johnnie Location: maryville,tennessee on Sep 18, 2010 at 10:03 PM
    The vol nation has to miss coach phillip fulmer and the great years he gave Tennessee.

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