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Friday, November 04, 2005

Fire Phil Fulmer

Sports Illustrated agrees with me, and since they get paid to write this stuff, puts up a much more compelling argument.

Here's one thing Tennessee doesn't want to own up to: The real problem with the Vols isn't Randy Sanders, who resigned as offensive coordinator earlier this week. It isn't the season-ending injury to Gerald Riggs Jr. And it isn't a quarterback soap opera with so many twists and turns you'd think they were living on Wysteria Lane. No, the real problem is -- Phillip Fulmer.

Yes, he has the best winning percentage of any coach with at least 10 years experience. He won a national title in 1998 and has five SEC Eastern Division titles in eight years. But to quote Janet Jackson: What Have You Done For Me Lately? Fulmer has just two SEC titles in 13 years and hasn't won one in the past seven. Six years have passed since Tennessee has played in a BCS bowl and the Vols haven't finished in the AP top 10 in four years.

Then there's Fulmer's record against the SEC's other elite coaches. He's 1-4 against Georgia's Mark Richt, 1-3 versus Auburn's Tommy Tuberville and, of course, there's Fulmer's personal Kryptonite, Steve Spurrier, who improved to 8-3 against the Vols' coach with last Saturday's 16-15 win.

Thank You Cory McCartney!!


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