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    Sources: Fulmer agrees to step down as Vols coach

    Post by robin on Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:44 pm

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3679810

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Phillip Fulmer, who a decade ago brought Tennessee its first national championship in 47 years, will not return as the Volunteers' coach next year, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

    An announcement is planned for Monday at 5 p.m. ET at Neyland Stadium. Fulmer, who has won 150 games at his alma mater and is the dean of SEC coaches, met with Tennessee officials Monday morning, and they reached a mutual agreement that it would be best for all parties if Fulmer did not return next season.

    The sides also agreed that the 58-year-old Fulmer would coach the remainder of the 2008 season, his 17th in Knoxville. He signed a new seven-year contract last summer that was worth $2.4 million this season. A buyout of the contract after this season would cost $6 million.

    The Vols (3-6, 1-5 SEC) have lost three of their past four games and are in danger of posting their second losing season in the past four years.

    "Anybody that likes Tennessee and cares about what the product looks like on the field is frustrated," Fulmer said Sunday night, according to The Tennessean.

    In the story posted on the Nashville newspaper's Web site, Fulmer told his coaches in a Sunday meeting to shield the players from their frustration.

    "It's about our energy, the looks in our eyes, our demeanor and how we approach it in meetings and film sessions," Fulmer said about his coaching staff, according to the Tennessean. "We're professionals and we have and we will continue to be looking forward to playing."

    There had been increasing scrutiny on Fulmer, who took over full time on Nov. 29, 1992 and has been at his alma mater as a player, assistant coach and head coach for more than 30 years.

    The Vols won the national title in 1998 and were one of the top programs in all of college football in the 1990s, but the program hasn't been the same this decade. Tennessee has lost 31 games since the end of the 2001 season.
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    Re: Sources: Fulmer agrees to step down as Vols coach

    Post by vista on Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:14 pm

    well this isn't a huge surprise, but still a little surprising to me
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    Re: Sources: Fulmer agrees to step down as Vols coach

    Post by idog on Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:06 pm

    yeah, a little, i mean he has been there 17 years
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    Re: Sources: Fulmer agrees to step down as Vols coach

    Post by robin on Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:47 am

    yeah. i didn't think he's been doing that bad of a job lately. i know this year was bad, but not all years have been like this
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    Re: Sources: Fulmer agrees to step down as Vols coach

    Post by idog on Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:05 pm

    overall, i think he was a pretty good coach
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    Re: Sources: Fulmer agrees to step down as Vols coach

    Post by robin on Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:54 am

    he was alright

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