Tennessee sports writer hears “rumors” about one of the candidates for the open UT AD gig and decides to disseminate them in an column.
Anytime I asked someone, “What’s wrong with Blackburn?” I got rave reviews on what a great hire he would be. But I also heard rumors.
“I heard he has a drinking problem,” someone who doesn’t know Blackburn told me.
“I think he has health issues,” someone else who didn’t know Blackburn told me.
Then, someone who does know Blackburn said, “I think he has diabetes.”
“Some people think he’s too nice a guy to make tough decisions,” said someone else.
Gosh, I wonder who would try to start a whisper campaign like that. It’s not like Phil Fulmer would stoop to that kind of thing to win a job, is it?
Either this article is a snark masterpiece, or… well, good grief.
Phil Fulmer makes his case to be UT’s next AD. Hey, he can’t be any worse than Mike Hamilton. (Not that we need him to be.)
Kirk Herbstreit believes that the SEC East will come down to Tennessee or Georgia this season, with a slight lean towards the Vols.
So does Phil Fulmer. Although with Fulmer, you get the bonus shot taken at South Carolina. Old habits die hard. (Speaking of which, I bet Spurrier files that away for future reference.)
Guess who Phil Fulmer’s favorite SEC head coach is?
Q: Do you have a coach in the SEC right now other than Butch Jones who you appreciate?
A: “I think Mark Richt has done a fabulous job at Georgia. He’s gotten some of the same grief that you get occasionally when you don’t always win the championship at a school that wants to win the championship. He’s done a fabulous job, and he’s done it the right way. I think a lot of him, and as far as favorite people, he would probably be the one.”
Think there’s a little “that’s how you’re supposed to treat a guy, UT” in that?
For some reason, Butch Jones thought it would be a good idea for Phil Fulmer to drop in and give a little pep talk to the team. Aside from making sure everyone in the room knew that he had nothing to do with Tennessee’s present troubles, it’s hard for me to guess what helpful suggestions he might have passed along. Any of y’all have an idea?
Phil Fulmer goes Sergent Schultz on the Arian Foster pay allegations. Big shock, there.
Money? What money?
I’m surprised nobody in the media has yet to dig up which UT coach got a new Lexus while Foster was there. The list of candidates can’t be too long.