It is a sad day today in college football, especially for many University of Tennessee fans, I being one. Today Coach Phillip Fulmer coached his last game as the head football coach at Tennessee. He has basically been forced out of the position he has held for 17 seasons. Coach Fulmer’s accomplishments include an NCAA Football National Championship in 1998, and a 150-51 coaching record. That is just shy of winning 75% percent of his games as the head coach at Tennessee. It is the third highest winning percentage in active coaches with at least ten years of experience. Coach Fulmer has been on the sidelines for UT for 422 games, dating back to 1968. That is all together 35 seasons as a player, student assistant, offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and head coach. A truly amazing, and devoted man to the University of Tennessee family. The whole story by ESPN can be found here.
Today coach Fulmer ran out of the locker room and through the “T” with his players for the last time. I wonder if he is thinking about the disappointing season this year? I wonder if he is focused on the game at hand against their border state rival Kentucky? If I know him, he is. The coach is indeed going out a winner.
The final score tells the tale. Kentucky 10, Tennessee 28. Goodbye coach. We love you.