Former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer named in Naughright complaints
Peyton Manning isn’t the only former Volunteer great whose name is being mentioned in connection with Jamie Naughright.
Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is also mentioned several times within Naughright’s 27 reported incidents from 1994-96, her time working with the football program.
Naughright accuses Fulmer for conducting alleged inappropriate behavior while also failing to adequately deal with other allegations brought to his attention.
Here are the ones that involve Fulmer:
- Naughright accused Fulmer of “hitting on (her) while I was working on his foot,” by saying “Jamie, you like big men, don’t you?” He denied it. Then-special teams coach Dick O’Brien at the time said that Fulmer “probably did not mean it.”
- Fulmer said he “did not hear” alleged remarks from strength and conditioning coach John Stucky about Naughright’s breasts while she was doing squats.
- Naughright said that, during a lecture given by three officials on sexual assault issues, said one athlete said “men have a right after 12 midnight to take it, if a woman comes to my room. At this hour they only want one thing.” Fulmer, according to the report “said that the specific comment made by an athlete was ‘seriously rebutted’ by the staff, facilitators, and many of the athletes.”
- Naughright said that, when she accused six athletes of taking money from a community service project she ran, one was verbally abusive to and threw money at her. Fulmer, Naughright said, disciplined one of them: “There were six parts to his discipline, which included ‘not being allowed to participate in community service projects orchestrated by Ms. (Naughright).’ The summary concluded that ‘Ms. (Naughright) might have mitigated the situation had she handled it differently,’ while finding that the conduct was not sexual or gender-based.”
- Fulmer, according to the report, confirmed that people within the program “though not himself” called Naughright “Bumper,” which, according to trainer Mike Rollo, was believed to be a reference to her breasts. According to the New York Daily News report, Rollo called Naughright the name because he believed her to be a lesbian. In any case, Naughright complained about in 1992, and the team was forced to take down a nameplate hanging under Naughright’s picture that bore the nickname.
- Fulmer, in his deposition, denied ever speaking to Malcolm Saxon, the ex-Vol who alleged that Rollo came up with the idea to frame Naughright’s claim against Manning as a failed “mooning.” Saxon, the story went, was the one that Manning mooned. Saxon denied that and wrote a letter to Manning in 2002 saying that he should “take responsibility” for what happened, and also that he spoke to Fulmer about it shortly afterward.
Meanwhile, Manning’s name continues to be the main focal point.
His name surfaced in the recent lawsuit filed against Tennessee as a group of six women allege that the University of Tennessee violated Title IX regulations while enabling a hostile sexual environment.