Former Tennessee Volunteers coach Phil Fulmer has been part of college football's biggest rumor for the past couple days, ever since former Vols assistant Doug Matthews told Nashville radio that the College Football Hall of Famer has heard from the Arkansas Razorbacks about their vacant coaching job. The report has been confirmed by the Sporting News's Matt Hayes, albeit with a reported stipulation: no interim gig.
Fulmer, who's been vocal about coaching again since being fired in 2008, denies he's been in touch, but certainly sounds like he's open to the idea:
"When I left Tennessee, I was asked if I would coach again, and I said I would consider it if it was at a place where I could compete for a championship,'' Fulmer said. "Arkansas does qualify as that kind of place, as there is a very solid foundation there.''
Athletic director Jeff Long advises everyone to settle down and ignore the flashing orange lights:
Hog Fans, please remain calm and please do not believe rumors.But do come out to the the spring game and support our young men!! #gohogs— Jeff Long (@jefflongUA) April 18, 2012