Phillip Fulmer has spoken about the rumors connecting him to Tennessee’s athletic director job, and it’s clear he’s interested in the position.
The former Tennessee coach sat down with WBIR’s Russell Biven on Thursday. Fulmer was asked about recent reports that mentioned he’s a strong candidate for the role, which will open up when current athletic director Dave Hart retire this summer.
Here’s Fulmer’s response:
“I’m honored my name is out there and it’s obviously a great opportunity for someone,” said Fulmer of his candidacy for the AD position. “Chancellor Davenport made it very clear that there’s a process that she wants to go through and I’m going to respect that process. That’s really probably as far as I want to go with it at this point. I think that’s best for everybody.”
When Fulmer’s name came up as a prime candidate for the athletic director position, many former Vols were excited at the prospect of bringing the Tennessee family back together.
“Family is the key word,” Fulmer told Biven.
“I think at this point we’ve struggled and missed a lot in the last few years with a lot of the change in leadership at the university and not just in athletics. Dave Hart’s done a really good job for his time there and we’re at a crucial point. Again, I should probably stay away from that but the Tennessee family, that’s an important thing when you talk about our culture.”
Despite the buzz around Fulmer, it appears the hiring of the former coach as Tennessee’s athletic director is not imminent. Still, it will be worth watching the developments out of Knoxville in the coming days and weeks.
Fulmer went 152-52 at Tennessee from 1992 to 2008, highlighted by a national title during the 1998 season. It would be interesting to see how he would approach the responsibilities of an athletic director if hired.