Did two former Tennessee coaches finally make peace?
Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer were spotted shaking hands Friday during Tennessee’s dedication of the Doug Dickey Hall of Fame Plaza and the Doug Dickey Hall of Champions, according to Ryan Callahan of GoVols247.
Both former coaches made appearances at the Ray & Lucy Hand Digital Studio to honor Dickey, who is himself a former Tennessee coach that guided Vols to two SEC championships. He was also the school’s athletic director from 1985-2002.
There has been a long-standing grudge between the two coaches dating back to 1992.
Majors, who finished his career as the Vols’ second winningest coach behind Gen. Robert Neyland, served as Tennessee’s coach from 1977-92. Majors was replaced by Fulmer, who had previously served as his offensive coordinator and interim coach while Majors recovered from heart surgery in 1992.
Fulmer led the Vols to a 3-0 record as the team’s interim coach before Majors returned and Tennessee lost three of its next five games. Majors was forced to resign at the end of the season, and Fulmer was hired as Tennessee’s next coach.
Fulmer coached from 1992-2008 and collected a 152-52 record.
The duo’s relationship was never great after Fulmer took over for Majors, but after many years, it seems the two coaches might finally be putting their differences aside (at least publicly) for what was a feel-good moment below.
A picture I wasn't sure I would ever see, but one that's been a long time coming. pic.twitter.com/m8JGClW5Eq
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) October 3, 2015