It isn’t back to being on the sideline, but it’s closer than he was before. On Tuesday, the University of Tennessee announced on their own athletics website that they will be bringing back a familiar face to Volunteers fans.
Former head coach Phillip Fulmer has been hired in a volunteer capacity as “special assistant to the UT President.”
That means he’ll report directly to University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro. Fulmer is a native Tennessean, and is beloved by the fans of the university.
They’re undoubtedly thrilled to have him back in the fold. Even if his exact duties remain vague and generalized.
Going by the statement released by the university, it doesn’t seem like they really know what they plan to have him do either:
Fulmer will serve as an ambassador for the University system at community and athletics events, support the intercollegiate athletic programs at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, and work with UT government relations and alumni affairs leadership to advocate for the statewide system with elected officials and UT alumni.
It appears that his main duty will be “to advocate for the statewide system,” whatever that means.
Regardless of how well he advocates, Fulmer will always be remembered as a Volunteers football player, and the head ball coach for 17 years. He finished his coaching career with Tennessee after winning 151 games and winning a National Championship in 1998.
Lane Kiffin was hired after Fulmer’s tenure ended. Kiffin left after his first year.