The selflessness of Phil Fulmer knows no bounds.
According to Tennessee President Joe DiPietro’s phone records as part of documents obtained by The Daily Times, Fulmer told prominent Tennessee donor John “Thunder” Thornton “all they would have to do is ask” for him to become the Vols head coach once again.
Thornton told DiPietro in a text message on Nov. 29 about a “long talk” he had with former Alabama athletic director Bill Battle the day before.
Thornton said that talk involved whether or not Fulmer would return to coaching. Thornton’s message said he “doubted it.”
But, Thornton’s talk with Battle prompted him to ask Fulmer, and his message to DiPietro references former athletic director John Currie and booster Jimmy Haslam.
“Bill, Phillip and I hunt and fish a good bit together,” Thornton wrote to DiPietro. “We talked about Bama’s loss Saturday and our search. Bill asked me if Phillip would consider coaching UT. I told him I doubted it because I didn’t think he’d work for Currie. This morning I asked Phillip that question and he replied ‘all they would have to do is ask.’ So, there’s another option for you but probably not one Jim would go along with. Thunder”
DiPietro replied that he was, “surprised by Phillip’s interest in coaching again.”
Thornton then told DiPietro that Fulmer, “was feeling bad for the university that he loves,” and would only return to coaching if it was at Tennessee.
How convenient is it now for Tennessee that Fulmer is the AD? He doesn’t even need to leave his office to find a head coaching candidate.
Have a great day, Jeremy.
If you haven’t seen this picture of Elijah Holyfield — and it’s been all over the Intertubes the last day or so — prepare to be shocked and awed.
Great googly mooglies… how would you like to be a defensive back trying to tackle him in the open field under a head of steam?
Chip Towers reports that John Lilly has joined Jeremy Pruitt’s Tennessee staff as an offensive analyst.
I’m not offering this as an editorial comment in any way, but simply to point how other schools go about their financial business.
Florida is about to embark on an ambitious facility upgrade plan involving a new baseball and football facility estimated to cost around $130 million. Here’s how the athletic department plans to pay for it:
For the entire $130 million project (an additional $4 million is needed for relocation of the maintenance department and infrastructure costs), Florida has already secured about $73 million in funding. Of that $73 million, $50 million will be bonded, in a measure approved by the Board of Trustees on Friday. That measure must still be approved by the Board of Governors at the end of June. Another $13 million has already been secured in philanthropic support, while $10 million comes from UAA investment earnings.
That leaves Florida needing to raise about $57 million more prior to breaking ground on the stand-alone football facility.
So, $50 million in borrowing, $13 million directly from donors and $10 million from reserve fund earnings. Definitely different from Athens.
On the other hand, nobody on Mullen’s football staff has called Florida’s AD out for being cheap on the arms race front.
If you’re trying to measure how deep your college football addiction runs, keep in mind that Vanderbilt’s spring game will be televised on the SEC Network tomorrow at 5PM.
I’m gonna go out on a real limb here today and suggest this isn’t going to go well.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered NCAA President Mark Emmert to be deposed in former USC assistant coach Todd McNair’s defamation lawsuit against the organization.
“Plaintiff needs, and has the right, to depose Emmert in order to investigate the intent and knowledge behind one of the statements Plaintiff alleges to be defamatory,” Judge Frederick Shaller wrote in a tentative ruling issued before a hearing on the matter Thursday.
Given the NCAA’s track record in discovery, you’d think this would be a matter ripe for settlement, but you’re not Donald Remy.
Oh, there’s also this nice touch.
The judge is a USC graduate whom the NCAA unsuccessfully tried to remove from the case in 2016.
Now if I can only find that popcorn bag I opened to watch the Ole Miss litigation…
Ordinarily, I’d dismiss this as little more than preseason happy talk…
When Kirby Smart was asked whether Zamir White, the five-star Georgia tailback recruit coming off a knee injury, would be ready for fall camp, Smart acknowledged that it was hard to tell. Then he invited the media to judge for itself.
“You guys are going to see him out there,” Smart said before Georgia’s spring practice. “He’ll probably be doing some individual trials, and you make your own assessment.”
Admittedly it’s hard to say much from watching for a little more than 10 minutes. But White does appear to be ahead of schedule, considering he tore his ACL only in December.
White, wearing a brace around his right knee, is able to run during run and pass route polish drills. In those drills he was doing everything the other tailbacks were doing. But when the tailbacks went into drills when they did more – such as cutting – White sat it out, going to the side on his own. Ron Courson, the head athletic trainer, walked over to White at one point and had him jog in a zig-zag pattern up the sideline. White will also not be doing any contact drills this spring.
Still, while there are many limits to what White will do this spring, the early signs are encouraging.
… but since this is Georgia, the land of Ron Courson and Nick Chubb’s recovery, I’ve decided to keep an open mind.