Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer reportedly is a strong candidate to become the Volunteers’ next athletic director.
As reported by ESPN’s Chris Low and relayed by Paul Finebaum on Monday, the former Vols coach “has emerged as a prime candidate” to become athletic director at Tennessee.
Fulmer went 152-52 at Tennessee from 1992 to 2008, highlighted by a national title during the 1998 season.
.@ClowESPN reports Phillip Fulmer has emerged as a prime candidate to be the Vols next Athletic Director.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 2017
Current athletic director Dave Hart is set to retire this summer.
On Saturday, a piece published by Mike Organ of The Tennessean included quotes from Fulmer about the former coach’s interest in the position.
“I have really enjoyed getting involved with Dr. (Joe) DiPietro on the President’s Council and doing some things with him,” Fulmer said of the university’s president, when speaking to Organ. “They’ve got a process (in hiring an athletics director) in place and I’m just anxious to see what that process brings.”
Fulmer would be an intriguing hire. He offers deep familiarity with Tennessee, and he likely would be a popular pick among many fans.