This strikes me as incredibly pathetic:
The University of Tennessee Athletic Department today offered a statement from head football coach Lane Kiffin for fans critical of Phillip Fulmer being chosen to receive the 2009 Robert R. Neyland Award.
“Coach Fulmer has had a tremendous impact on Tennessee,” Kiffin said. “He’s the second- winningest coach in Tennessee history behind General Neyland. It’s only fitting that he receives this prestigious award. I hope all Tennessee fans will show up early Saturday to show their appreciation for all he has done for our program, our university and our state.”
I just can’t figure out the worse part here – that there are Vol fans pissed off enough to object to honoring a guy that’s won ’em a MNC and a few conference titles, or that Fulmer’s being bailed out by Junior.
I’m not a Fulmer fan by any means, but that Orange and White Game should be one cringe-inducing experience this Saturday.