He’s here for you.

I know we direct a fair amount of snark Tennessee’s way these days regarding the Fulmer-Pruitt relationship, but serious question here:  can anyone come up with another example besides Fulmer of an athletic director who’s been so willing to thrust himself into the media limelight over the direction of a program with a new head coach?

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27 responses to “He’s here for you.

  1. ASEF

    None that ended well.

    AD sidebar: Jim Jackett, the AD at Michigan who followed Dave Brandon, is shutting down Ford’s sedan lines?

    We often note the myopic ways of ADs and attribute it to university types pretending to be business people. But maybe AD positions just attract mediocrity from all walks.

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    • ASEF

      Jim Hackett

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    • Stoopnagle

      “Pass-the-busk-ism”

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    • Jack Klompus

      Profits are minimal in sedans and people are moving more and more to crossover/SUV type vehicles. So, it’s a smart move actually. Ford makes all of their money with their trucks.

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      • ASEF

        Wasn’t the truck market stopped dead in its tracks by gasoline prices a few years ago? I don’t see Toyota or Honda abandoning the Camry or Accord. If you want to be in the car industry… maybe build a better car.

        We buy used, 2 or 3 years old, to eliminate the steepest part of the depreciation curve. A 2016 or 2017 Ford Fusion was high on our list for our son’s college car next year – because he and his friends were really taken by it. Not anymore.

        Ford was turning it around, imo. Really solid buzz on their sedans in my neck of the woods, and stronger as you moved down the age/means ladders. And now they just punt.

        If I was smart enough to figure out how to make a bet that Ford deeply regrets this move 10 years from now, I would – and I am not a betting person.

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        • Russ

          Yep, very short-sighted by Ford/Hackett. Of course, by the time this comes back to bite Ford (hard), Hackett will be long gone enjoying the fruits of his retirement/firing/whatever.

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        • Soccer Dawg

          The Ford Fusion has a significant history of transmission and electronic control panel problems,. I would steer clear.,

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          • ASEF

            Gee, sounds like the Ford Fairmont my mom bought 40 years ago. Does it stall when coming down a hill and you have to stop?

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          • I’m thinking of a used Land Rover 2008-2011…thoughts suggestions? 😉

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            • Cosmic Dawg

              Yes, Toyota Sequoia. My wife and I were just talking the other day how our Sequoia we bought used was the best investment we ever made.

              🙂

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              • PTC DAWG

                Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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              • Macallanlover

                Don’t care which make/model you select, if it has Toyoto Motor Company stamped on it, you will very happy with your decision. Their reliability is almost too good, wife gets mad at me because I drive them for 200K miles plus; just see no need to make a change when it operates fine. Finally get rid of them because the leather begins to crack. Up keep pretty much limited to gas, oil changes, tires, and batteries.

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        • Gaskilldawg

          Right, Camrys and Accords will remain on the market because thos3 models get th3 top market share in the US. Ford’s sedans do not sell nearly as well here.

          In Europe Ford’s sedans dominate the market. Ford will continue to sell sedans in Europe, as long as potential tariffs and/or sanctions do not affect them.

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      • tbia

        Correct, in some ways many sedans were kept around to improve fleet fuel mileage requirements. Since those have been rolled back, it is not important anymore.

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    • Erk's Forehead

      I prefer the days of Football Coaches being AD’s.

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  2. Stoopnagle

    Barry Alvarez? And it worked well enough.

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  3. dubyadee

    There was less media attention in general at the time, but Vince Dooley had a significant media presence during Ray Goff’s tenure.

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  4. Bill Glennon

    How about Arizona State AD Ray Anderson with the hiring of Herm Edwards, his former client? From a schadenfreude perspective, I just wish that was an SEC rival. If ASU fails and fails more spectuacularly than UT might, who will forget this missive from the esteemed Mr. Anderson regarding UT and Fulmer:

    “The athletic department there is perceived there as a cluster . . . their athletic director, now Phil Fulmer, in the athletic director’s world is a pariah. It is not a good situation.”

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  5. Bryan D Ramsey

    Not College, but Jerry Jones with Jimmy Johnson and Barry and the rest of them. Hasn’t turned out well since Johnson left.

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  6. 79Dawg

    Michael F’in Adams?

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  7. ADGM after January 2, 2018

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