KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee didn’t play this week, but that doesn’t mean it was a quiet week on Rocky Top.
The Vols have been mired in a coaching search that has turned into a national punch line. The latest turn led to athletic director John Currie being stripped of his powers. Tennessee moved Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer into the position.
The instability in Knoxville kept the Vols in last place for the second consecutive week in the SEC Country Power Poll, released Sunday.
Tennessee will be happy to close the book on the 2017 season. The Vols were winless in the SEC and lost eight games, the most in program history.
Fulmer brings a breath of hope, though. Fans believe the former coach might be exactly what the program needs to return to the top of college football. He certainly won his introductory news conference Friday.
“We need energy, passion and focus from every Vol fan, alumni, coach and athlete,” Fulmer said. “Let’s be so unified and enthusiastic we even win over the naysayers.
“I’m asking all of our fans, our alumni, our student-athletes and coaches: Let’s go have some fun winning championships.”
There is a young core of players the new coach can certainly build around. Offensive tackle Trey Smith and safety Nigel Warrior are leaders on their respective side of the ball. The right hire could quickly turn around the Tennessee situation.
Fulmer might have come into power at the right time for the Vols.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankings
Results are below:Results are below:
|1||Georgia (13 - 2)||260||20||3||1||1|
|2||Auburn (10 - 4)||232||0||1||2||3|
|3||Alabama (13 - 1)||228||0||2||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||198||0||4||4||5|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||172||0||5||4||9|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||150||0||6||5||12|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||137||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||121||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||105||0||9||8||11|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||85||0||10||8||11|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||62||0||11||6||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||43||0||12||7||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||23||0||13||12||14|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||4||0||14||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)