Fulmer back on Rocky Top

Vols Athletic Director Phil Fulmer
Photo Credit Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

It has been one wild week in Knoxville as the coaching search has been all but normal.

Fulmer Era

After the fans revolted when current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was announced, the Vols have been turned down by at least three other prospects including Jeff Brohm, Mike Gundy and Dave Doeren.

As of last night, John Currie, the athletic director at the time, was in talks with current Washington State head coach Mike Leach about filling the vacancy. All reports indicated the conversations were going well.

Tennessee fans everywhere expected to wake up on Friday morning to an announcement that Leach would be name the next man in charge of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Vol nation woke up to something much different.

Currie Relieved of Duties

Reports followed that Currie had been in Los Angeles meeting with Leach without the approval of the Tennessee administration. He flew back to Knoxville where he was informed that he would be relieved of his duties as the athletic director.

Notable college football insider, Brett McMurphy, broke the news this afternoon that former head coach of the Volunteers, Phil Fulmer, would be named as acting athletics director.

Fulmer and Chancellor Beverly Davenport recently held a press conference announcing Fulmer as the new AD.

Vols fans should now be able to breathe a sigh of relief. While the coaching search is still in full swing, there isn’t anybody better to take control of the search than the man who grew up in Tennessee, played for Tennessee, coached at Tennessee and brought the most recent national championship to Tennessee nearly 20 years ago.

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My name is Taylor Hodges, and I live in Montgomery, Alabama, where I am the assistant sports information director at Faulkner University. I am a lifelong Tennessee Vols and Indianapolis Colts fan, and I am a lover of all things sports. I love writing about sports, and I hope to continue to do so as a career for as long as possible.