Fulmer on UT adversity: 'We're Tennessee and we'll be back'

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

FARRAGUT (WVLT) -- Phillip Fulmer took to the golf course for the UT Lettermen's Golf Outing Friday. He also took a swing at answering a few questions from the Sports Overtime team.

Chief among the queries tossed his way: what message does Fulmer have for Tennessee fans, whose program has endured plenty of adversity lately?

"We have been through a lot, but we're Tennessee and we'll be back," Fulmer said. "All of us want that as fast as we can."

Fulmer proceeded to credit UT's administration, with one notable absence -- athletic director Mike Hamilton, who fired Fulmer in 2008.

"I think we've got a really fine president and chancellor," Fulmer said. "Hopefully the administration will continue to support [Tennessee football coach] Derek [Dooley] and the new basketball coach and it'll all go well."

Fulmer said he thought Dooley was a good coach who had done well so far.

"I think he's done a good job as far as understanding our culture, and recruiting," Fulmer said. "He'll do well. He just needs a lot of support."

Fulmer and dozens of other UT lettermen were golfing at Avalon in Loudon County. Several of those former players will be on hand for Saturday's Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium.

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