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Could Fulmer’s Faults As A Coach Hurt His A.D. Chances At UT?

The more people that state their non-interest in Tennessee’s open AD job, the better the odds become for distant fallback candidate Phillip Fulmer.  But David Climer of The Tennessean wonders if some of the things Fulmer was criticized for as a coach might hurt his AD chances:

“… there were some significant hiccups on his watch as football coach — and I’m not just talking about an inability to beat Florida.  He had 11 players arrested or cited by police during a 14-month period in 2004-05.  That’s a red flag at a program where discipline finally is being stressed.

Also, Fulmer was loyal to his assistant coaches — often to a fault.  He was slow to make changes on his staff.  These days, you can’t afford to hang onto an underachieving coach.”

Climer’s piece is a column and therefore it’s one man’s opinion.  Our opinion is a bit different.  While we believe Tennessee would best be served by avoiding candidates who bring baggage to the job — as Fulmer would — we don’t think a string of arrests during a 14-month stretch of a 16-year coaching run should submarine the ex-coach’s chances.


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