Phillip Fulmer was very adamant on his stance about the “One Time Transfer:
“I don’t think we’re holding the kids accountable enough period to be honest with you. You come in and you’re not the starting whatever as a freshman and you got the chance to transfer, I don’t know if that’s healthy. I don’t know if that’s telling our youth the right thing. Fight through some things, after 30 hours of academic work or something, some number that makes you commit”
“That’s awful hard on the coaches, you know you got a guy then all the sudden you don’t, I don’t like anything about that. So, I’ll have a vote, but don’t think I’ll be making the decision”
Ain’t it turr’ble when you make life awful hard on the coaches?
Here’s a reminder of Tennessee’s epic 2019 journey:
The Vols didn’t finish within three touchdowns of a ranked opponent and enjoyed their typical November, capped off by a one-point bowl win over a mediocre Big Ten team.
I dunno, Phil. I know you want everyone to pat your back for hiring Pruitt, but it looks like a lot of UT seasons we’ve seen in the last decade. Except for the opening two losses, that is.
Shorter Mark Wiedmer: If Phil Fulmer wanted to show a real sign of confidence in Jeremy Pruitt, he’d wear a suit.
Knoxville sure is a strange place these days. Not that I’m complaining.
No worries, Jeremy. You got this.
“I do believe that we’ll be better. Would I love to sit here and say, ‘We’re going to win 10 or 11.’ Absolutely. I’d love to say that, but that’s up to everything falling right and kids coming through.”
No, really, you got this.
So much of Fulmer’s AD legacy, though, will be linked to his first hire and whether Pruitt delivers in elevating Tennessee’s program.
The Vols are coming off their seventh losing season in the past 11 years.
“This program, in my time around it, has never been at this place,” said Fulmer, who was UT’s coach from 1992-2008 after previously serving as an assistant for his alma mater. “I mean, in three out of the (last) five years, we had nobody drafted. At Tennessee? Are you kidding?
Jeremy Pruitt knows who butters his bread.
Pruitt explained how the Hall of Fame former Tennessee initiated the recent practice adjustment and why it should benefit his players in the long run.
“Really it was Coach Fulmer’s idea,” Pruitt said after Wednesday’s practice. “I thought it was a great idea. We’ve never done this any at the other places I’ve been, but you’re talking about 15 or 20 minutes at the end of practice…”
Either he’s quickly mastered the art of sucking up, or knows how to throw the right kind of bone to keep someone off his back. Only problem either way is that it’s Fulmer we’re talking about here. If push came to shove, neither theory would matter.
He’s just heppin’, man. Whether you need it or not.
Per Rivals UT beat writer:
The most interesting and notable note from Tuesday was Phillip Fulmer’s presence on the field. The former Hall of Fame coach has been at every practice this fall, but today, Fulmer wasn’t in khakis and a jacket but full sweats with a practice outline in his hand. He watched the QBs, WRs and TEs, but mostly observed the offensive line, offering tips to Trey Smith, K’Rojhn Calbert, Drew Richmond and Riley Locklear, among others.
In case you ever wondered how much Jeremy Pruitt wanted a head coaching job, that’s how much.
Remember, Tennessee fans, it’s not what Phillip Fulmer can do for you; it’s what you can do for Phillip Fulmer.
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?