While Alabama replaced retiring AD Bill Battle quickly, Tennessee has been mired in a long search for its new athletic director.
On Monday afternoon, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum tweeted that his colleague, Chris Low, is reporting that longtime Volunteers coach Phillip Fulmer may be in line to get the job:
.@ClowESPN reports Phillip Fulmer has emerged as a prime candidate to be the Vols next Athletic Director.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 2017
“Since I was 18 years old, UT’s best interests have always been my interest,” Fulmer told Low, via ESPN.com. “I want what is best for UT. Dr. [Beverly] Davenport [UT’s newly named chancellor] has laid out a clear process, and we have to respect the time and her vision to complete that process.”
Other reports have UT-Chattanooga AD David Blackburn linked to the position, but Fulmer is still an interesting option.
Fulmer served as the Vols’ head coach from 1992 to 2008 and was an assistant with the program from 1980 to 1992. In his 16 years at the helm, Fulmer amassed a record of 152-52. He also led the school to the 1998 national championship.
Currently, Fulmer serves as an assistant to the East Tennessee State University athletic director. Blackburn, who has been the AD at Chattanooga for the last three years, also spent a significant amount of time as Tennessee’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration, according to his bio.