Phillip Fulmer, head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, officially announced that he is stepping down at the end of the season. While it is clear this was not Fulmer’s decision, he was very dignified in the way he handled the situation. I have included the video provided by knoxnews.com containing the full, unedited, and very emotional statement from Coach Fulmer.
I personally have mixed feelings about Fulmer’s departure. He has been an outstanding coach for UT if you look at what he has done completely over the last 17 years. He has led the Vols to 2 SEC titles and a national championship. He holds an overall record of 150-51, and has finished six seasons in the top 10 nationally and 13 seasons ranked in the top 25. There is no doubt that Fulmer has accomplished some great things at the University of Tennessee. On the other hand, when you look at the past few years, the number of wins has slowly declined. I think now is a good time for a change, although I do hate to see Fulmer go.
I know Coach Fulmer most likely won’t find this post and read it, but I want to say thank you to him anyway for his commitment and loyalty to UT football. His leadership over the past 17 years has been outstanding. We will miss having Fulmer on the sidelines.
Now, I anxiously await the press conference where we will meet the next UT coach. I don’t even want to speculate at this point on who that coach might be. I’ve read lots of names, some of them very well-known, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.