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    Vols, Fulmer to Part Ways

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    It looks like Tennessee’s dismal 3-6 start to the 2008 NCAA college football season has cost long-time head coach Phillip Fulmer his job. After the 27-6 drubbing suffered at South Carolina on Saturday, the Vols fell to 1-5 in the SEC. At a press conference on Monday, November 3rd, Fulmer announced that he was accepting the university’s request that he step down at the end of the season. Another words – he is being forced out before he’s ready to leave. Fulmer was visibly choked up during the press conference and it will be a shame to see Fulmer go. It is a rare thing these days to see a coach stay at a University for a long period of time. Joe Paterno at Penn State and Bobby Bowden at Florida State are exceptions to the rule. There is always a “win now” mentality at the collegiate level in order to satisfy alumni and boosters alike. To think that many have been calling for Joe Pa’s ouster at Penn State for years, and he now has them on the verge of playing for the National Championship in the BCS Championship Game at the Orange Bowl in January 2009.

    Fulmer was the Vols head coach for the past 17 years. He has a 150-51 record at Tennessee and he coached the team to the National Championship in 1998.


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