Phillip Fulmer hasn’t coached at Tennessee in almost a decade, but he still knows how to win points with Volunteer fans.
At a local charity event in Knoxville on Thursday, the former Vols head coach cracked a joke about what he was up to while Lane Kiffin was at Tennessee. Fulmer went into broadcasting for a time after his firing in 2008, but he said that was mostly to avoid the new coach.
“I did CBS for a couple of years and that was a lot of fun to get a chance to do that,” Fulmer said, according to the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Rhiannon Potkey. “But it was real time-consuming. I really did it mostly to get me out of town while Kiffin was here.”
Fulmer didn’t have to leave town for very long. Kiffin left Knoxville after just one season to take the head coaching job at USC. He’s now the head coach at Florida Atlantic after three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Tennessee recently considered hiring Fulmer as athletic director after current AD Dave Hart announced he was stepping down this June. The school eventually settled on Kansas State AD John Currie, but the support for Fulmer’s candidacy proved Tennessee fans still think fondly of him.
And any jokes about Kiffin’s time in Knoxville will only make him more popular.