It’s clear that there is mutual interest between the University of Tennessee and Phillip Fulmer for their open athletic director position. What is not clear is when that hire might take place. Despite multiple reports indicating that Fulmer’s hiring was close to a done deal, Jimmy Hyams of WNML in Knoxville is reporting that that timeline is not accurate:
Multiple sources: Reports that UT hiring Phillip Fulmer as AD `almost done' are incorrect. Timeline for hiring is April or May, maybe March
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) January 17, 2017
Hyams tweet does not necessarily mean that earlier reports are inaccurate — it’s possible Fulmer and Tennessee have a general understanding of what the potential deal would look like already — but it is certainly an indication that anyone expecting an official announcement from either the former coach or the university in the next few days would be wise to exercise some patience.