Tennessee coaching search to go nationwide

November 4, 2008

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- It's almost a foreign concept at Tennessee to have a nationwide search for a head football coach.

Now that coach Phillip Fulmer has announced he's stepping down at the university's request at the end of this season, it's reality for Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton. And Hamilton wrote in an e-mail late Monday night that the school is starting a national search immediately.

Hamilton said Tennessee has a great university, world-class student-athletes, a tremendous fan base and first-class facilities.

He said this means Tennessee will attract some of the nation's best candidates.

Hamilton said a new coach will be introduced over the next several weeks.


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  • by Rick Location: Spartanburg, SC on Nov 14, 2008 at 11:53 AM
    I am sick and tired of people saying Fulmer stabbed J. Majors in the back. BS! Majors had a bad alcohol problem at the time. He passed out on the couch at the home of a recruit I knew. Fulmer deserved the job at the time. Get over it and get your facts straight.
  • by Tim Location: anderson al on Nov 13, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    I don't think must class was shown to Johnny Majors when he was stabbed in the back by Fulmer.At least Majors was 5-3 when he was ousted.Oh I forgot Fulmer got credit for 3 of the wins ,that was a total crock. Anyway my endorsement goes to Steve Pederson of Boise State.
  • by George Location: Chattanooga on Nov 7, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    Is Fulmer a great recuiter? Yep. Popular with players? Yep. A great coach? Nope. This is a business, folks, and UT football pays the bills for most of the athletic dept. If anything threatens that, it has to be fixed. Truth be told, the Vols have been good IN SPITE OF Fulmer. Special teams have been awful for years, yet Fulmer will not assign that to one coach. The running game has been pitiful the last few years. How can a team have a top 25 recruiting class year after year and squander the talent? Commit personal fouls and jump offsides to the point of embarrasment? It's the coaching, folks, and it starts and ends at the top. JMHO
  • by Ashley Location: Iowa on Nov 7, 2008 at 02:02 AM
    UT FIRE HAMILTON, NO ONE IS GOING TO ACCEPT THE JOB UNTIL HAMILTON IS OUT OF THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ALL TOGETHER. FULMER NEEDS TO LEAVE NOW TOO, AFTER THE WAY HE WAS TREATED, BUT HE HAS TOO MUCH CLASS TO DO THAT TO UT PLAYERS, FANS, AND UT IN GENERAL. I THINK HE SHOULD WALK NOW THOUGH AND LEAVE HAMILTON TO COACH. LMAO, AND THEN HE'LL SEE HOW MUCH HE NEEDS PHIL! (sorry i was screaming w/ the all caps but this makes me scream). :)
  • by Enraged Platypus Location: Tennessee on Nov 6, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    fulmer was 1 of 14 against top 10 ranked opponents at HOME! since 2001, and 14 of 28 againts sec opponents. it was his time to go. i think our only two options for hire that will bring us back is 1.Jon Gruden (will take a miracle) and 2.Lane Kiffin
  • by Joe the Plumber Location: Madisonville, TN on Nov 6, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    I think they need to get rid of Mike Hamilton. If they are cleaning house, he needs to go before anyone else.
  • by Vern Location: KNoxville on Nov 6, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    JOHN, you don't donate enough to get a vote.
  • by John Location: Dandridge TN on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:51 PM
    I want to vote for Chris Peterson of Boise State for next UT Football coach. He is young motivated and has taken Boise from nothing to a force to contend with.
  • by Maximus Location: East TN on Nov 5, 2008 at 10:39 PM
    All I have to say is that I could never support UT Football ever again as long as Mike Hamilton is there. I know who would make a great head coach at UT: Phillip Fulmer! Hamilton, you will, I promise you, rue the day you ousted him. Long live coach Fulmer!!!
  • by mike Location: newport on Nov 5, 2008 at 08:07 PM
    HIRE LANE KIFFIN BEFORE WASHINGTON DOES
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