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Tennessee & Phil Fulmer are clearly in a perfect storm. Will change be the end result?

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on October 17, 2008

What’s that? Fulmer won’t be fired? Surely you think I’m joking right? Unfortunately I’m not joking.

We all know Fulmer got the dreaded “vote of confidence” from Hamilton this week. For a better perspective you need to read what the Ghost of Neyland of the 3rd Saturday in Blogtober wrote. It’s an excellent piece.

Despite the comments from Hamilton, Fulmer stated that he (Hamilton) has been supportive during this storm of criticism.

“Mike has been very supportive,” Fulmer said Wednesday. “We meet every so often, scheduled, to talk about different things and stuff.

“Obviously we’ve got problems that we’re working through,” Fulmer said, speaking of his team, “but he’s (Hamilton has) shown great confidence and … looking forward to the future.”

Coach Fulmer also stated that he is equally concerned about the status of Rocky Top.

“There’s concern. I’m not going to sit here and say there’s not,” he said. “There’s concern by everybody who loves Tennessee football or Tennessee athletics about where we are and having an opportunity here to still turn the season around and so on. I just couldn’t have been more pleased, and also with some of the friends that I have that are at the trustee level. Those folks have been really good. Contrary to what you might read sometimes.”

OK one day Mike Hamilton is reportedly saying he is not afraid to make a change in coaching and very next day Fulmer is stating he is happy with the support he is getting. (Notice he did not say exactly who was supporting him)

My question is Fulmer is trying to keep from losing control of this team? I truly hope he is able to do that.

Now I’m a distrusting person by nature so something is telling me that though Hamilton’s comments are nice to hear however I don’t exactly believe him. I will believe it when I see it. Talk is cheap.

Fulmer has a six million dollar contract buy-out & the SEC is tougher top to bottom than it has been in years. Those two reasons alone could save his job for at least one more season.

There is also something that I have noticed. Fulmer is resilient like a cockroach. No matter how must Raid and Black Flag you spray, or how many times you wear your pointy shoes, he manages to survive.

Now I know someone will point out that Hamilton said the amount of Fulmer’s buy out is in reserves so money isn’t an issue. Let me remind you of this fact. Mike Hamilton is the sole reason the students are being charged for tickets. That man is more about the “bottom line” then people realize.

This should say it all about Hamilton
This should say it all about Hamilton

Another factor is the recruiting class that he is currently building. Let’s fact it those recruits are watching the games and believing they will start next season. With this team’s performance this season, can you blame them?

Though Fulmer will remain the coach changes will take place. Basically a firing sweep of ALMOST the assistant coaches and/or coordinators.

Here’s a rundown

John Chavis Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers Coach & Associate Head Coach:

  • Chavis is safe so no worries there. The “Mustang” defense shall live on for another season. He was named defensive coordinator at UT in 1995, Chavis has gained recognition as a defensive guru the old-fashioned way — by building hard-nosed teams that have helped Tennessee rank among the stingiest in college football. Whether you like Chavis or not, you have to admit that more often than not the Tennessee defense has been great year in & year out.. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Dave Clawson Offensive Coordinator & Quarterback Coach:

  • He is the candidate to get this year’s Randy Sanders scapegoat award. He sucks & I don’t want to hear about not having the athletes to run the spread option either. One rule in coaching is when you don’t have the players to run a certain game plan you change the game plan. That is something I do not see him doing. I do not see the plays that cater to the offense’s strengths being called.

Latrell Scott Wide Receivers Coach:

  • Bye-Bye Latrell. The receivers have a load of talent but aren’t getting the proper and much needed separation that is required to help out the quarterback. Granted like Clawson this is his first year but life sometimes just isn’t fair.

Greg Adkins Offensive Line Coach:

  • The O-Line could be the major factor of our problems this season. The schemes don’t work and with Adkins being there for four years that means the starters have been coached under him the whole time.

Dan Brooks Defensive Line Coach:

  • Brooks is safe. He has been there 13 years and is a big reason that Chavis looks good. (But obviously not the only reason) If Brooks were to leave it would either be because a new coach as hired or he has taken a job as the defensive coordinator somewhere else.

Steve Caldwell Defensive Ends Coach:

  • Like Brooks he is safe and has been there for 13 years as well. If he were to leave to would be for the same reasons I have stated for Brooks.

Jason Michael Tight Ends/Offensive Line Coach:

  • I hope Jason doesn’t have a problem carrying Adkins’ bags for him.

Stan Drayton Running Backs Coach:

  • He was the Florida Running Backs before coming here….but I say big flipping deal. Outside of the offensive line, the running backs have been the most unmotivated part of the offense this season. If you don’t believe me just look at the production numbers.

Larry Slade Defensive Backs Coach:

  • Again another keeper. It’s rather hard to argue with the firing of any coach on defense when they are truly the reason the VOLS are worth watching on TV.

If a coaching change is to be occurring it needs to be done with class or it will take a long time to rebuild. Tennessee needs a smooth transition so that they do not lose what has been built to this point.

I don’t want to see anything like what is happening at Clemson, with the players’ bad mouthing coach Bowden & top rated recruits de-committing.

If we, as the VOL Nation, can remain a class act, everyone, including new recruits and coaches will take notice.

Also we all need to remember Coach Fulmer’s hard work and dedication to the University is the reason expectations are so high.

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7 Responses to “Tennessee & Phil Fulmer are clearly in a perfect storm. Will change be the end result?”

  1. Kreeves said

    I totally disagree – we have to fire Fulmer to get top talent. It may take time to re-build so we should go ahead and get started!!!!!!! FIRE FULMLER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I’m not saying let’s not fire Fulmer, I’m saying I believe in the end Hamilton will give him another year.

  3. Jacob said

    “We started paying…now start winning.” HAHAHAHA that’s priceless

  4. cousinwalter said

    He is not recruiting like he used to. Switching to the West Coast offense when your meal ticket, Arian Foster, is a power running back was not the brightest idea Fulmer has come up with.
    Losing Coach Cut or even Trooper Davis has not helped. In what direction is Jonathon Crompton’s career going? If its over what a priceless investment that is turned out to be.UT has always had a good QB during Fulmer’s tenure and now they do not.
    Tennessee has failed to reload when they have lost assistant coaches in the past 10 years since the National Championship- Cutcliff, Trooper Davis, Randy Sanders, or even Rodney Garner.
    I don’t see why you wouldn’t fire him. Its as if they don’t have a plan.

  5. PAT said

    THE THIRD WEEK IN OCTOBER WAS A WEEKEND WE ALL LOOK FORWARD TO FOR MANY YEARS. THE RIVAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN WITH CLASS AND FUN. WHEN ALABAMA AND THE PROBATION HAPPENED IT TURNED UGLY. THE BAMA FANS HATE FULMER AND BLAME HIM. THE RIVAL TOOK A TURN IN VOLS FAVOR AND THE RIVALRY BACAME UGLY. IT IS NOT THE SAME ANYMORE. I REMEBER HATING ALABAMA BECAUSE THEY BEAT US 11 STRAIGHT YEARS BUT WE ALWAYS LOVED THE CHANCE TO WIN AND ALWAYS FELT LIKE WE COULD. THIS YEAR I HAD NO FAITH WE COULD WIN. I HAVE NO FAITH WE CAN WIN AGAINST VANDY OR KENTUCKY. WE HAVE WON 2 SEC TITLES AND ONE NATIONAL TITLE IN 17 YEARS. PHILIP FULMER LOVES TENNESSEE AND PLAYED FOR THE VOLS, IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE AND COACH FULMER WILL DO WHAT IS BEST FOR TENNESSEE FOOTBALL.
    I HOPE WE CAN SUPPORT WHAT DECISIONS ARE MADE AND WITH RESPECT TO COACH FULMER. I LIVE IN ALABAMA AND THE YEARS TO COME IN OCTOBER ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH. WE DO NEED A CHANGE. THE SEC IS THE BEST BUT THE TENNESSEE FOOTBALL PROGRAM SHOULD BE THE POWERHOUSE. I HOPE WE CAN TURN IT AROUND.

  6. I am a life-long Vol fan of Vol sports; softball basketball,( especially the LADY VOLS), and of course football. I bleed orange everytime the Vols lose and with regard to football I now need a transfusion of “hope for the future”. Yes their are perials in firing Fulmer. Remember Alambama struggled for years before Saban. BUT, giving Fulmer more time isn’t the answer. He is a good guy, a true lover of Tennessee, but regardless of his character he needs to bow-out , hopefully gracefully would be best. There is always the” Devil you know & the Devil you don’t know”scenario, but his methods and decisions have caught up with him. His conservative, same old, same old style has dated the Vol program. The players love the guy, but thats not enough! Silently “we”meaning players, coaches,fans, media, etc have lost faith; mentally it is now all heading south. Everthing has a limited warrenty and sadly although a nice man his time has run out; he’s a fighter no doubt, but he knows what is happening. He has had a good run, better than most. I think he will surprise us and will do the right thing. Taking one for the team is leaving with class!

  7. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but, I think that Phil Fulmer is just George W. in a “Fat Suit”. I mean, think about it… Have you ever seen them in the same place, at the same time? Plus, what other two people do you know that run some of the Top Jobs in America, but give some of the worst possible results. And somehow they’re teflon… Makes you think, Hmmmmmmmm.

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