The University of Tennessee's athletic director position will be vacant come the end of June and ex-coach Phillip Fulmer is interested in the job, according to ESPN's Chris Low. Current athletic director will step down on June 30 as the NCAA investigates the university for a dozen violations between its men's basketball and football teams.
Fulmer told ESPN's Low:
"We'll see what the feelings are of the people there at the university and the decision-makers, and that's simply where we are right now. I'm not politicking for the job, and I don't need a job. But if I can help my university, I'm interested in doing that any way I can."
Fulmer was fired after the 2008 season when his Volunteers went 5-7. But he went 152-52 in his career with Tennessee and won the first BCS National Title during the 1998 season.
Over at Rocky Top Talk, Fulmer's possible return is met with some skepticism:
But is it a good idea? Fulmer has no experience from an administration or non-football standpoint. He's clearly an old school guy, though that's not to say he couldn't adapt where needed. And it would create, shall we say, an interesting dynamic for Derek Dooley, to have a boss who was on that sideline just three seasons ago.
According to their unscientific poll of over 300 votes, 54 percent of Tennessee fans believe Fulmer should be brought back as the athletic director. But there's still a few weeks left in June for other candidates to emerge. Just because Fulmer is a former Vols coach, and a good one at that, doesn't mean he should automatically be the frontrunner.