In a surprising turn of events the Tennessee Volunteer football program has officially announced the next head coach as Phil Fulmer.
Phillip Fulmer coached at Tennessee from 1980 until 2008, covering various including offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and eventually head coach in 1992. He was recently named athletic director for University of Tennessee.
“I am pleased to announce that my dear friend Phil Fulmer will be the next head coach of the Volunteers,” Fulmer said in a morning press conference. “I have the deepest respect for Phil’s ability to lead Tennessee back to a national championship, something that has not been done since his time with the program. He is one of the greatest minds in football and extremely handsome if I must say so. It was a long process but I think we have found the right person to move forward.”
The announcement comes after several within the Tennessee program felt Fulmer was attempting to sabotage the coaching search early on in the process before being named athletic director.
Fulmer, apparently intending to retain both roles moving forward, quickly switched stances during the press conference to address the media as the new head coach.
“Thank you director Fulmer, I am extremely excited to be back on the sidelines coaching the volunteers again,” Fulmer continued. “I have a lot of love for this university, the players, and our alumni. I am excited to get out on the recruiting trail and build a winning program.”
Fulmer says he also plans to retain his role with CBS sports, and has announced that he will step up and provide color commentary for all Volunteer football games in the 2018 season.