Oh I don't disagree, I actually think that he is a better actor than most of the action stars of today. He is a kind of proof, though, that it is possible to get discovered no matter where you come from.
With Fulmer as AD we might actually climb out of this hole. We haven’t had leadership in 15 years that understood the importance of investing in quality hires. It will take some time though. Even Fulmer said it would take 2 more classes to get back to being talented enough again.
I viewed the Fulmer hire in the same way I did the Barnes hire. Worst case both would bring much needed stability to this university and their programs. Best case, they would surpass the stability level and get us back to the top, and imo both men have done just that and have the basketball program and the AD as a whole headed in the right direction.
I think people underestimate how much of a problem Cheek was (moreso than DiPietro). The guy talked like he wanted to dismantle Tennessee athletics on a daily basis. He was the type of guy who thought sports had little place in an academic setting and only opened the university up to problems. His retirement was a godsend.
Regarding PF, notice how we're no longer paying good money to "search" firms to find coaching candidates to interview? IMO when it comes to the coaching profession, they are a complete waste of time and money. If the AD doesn't have a few curriculum vitaes in his/her desk and/or can make a few phone calls to fill coaching vacancies with solid winning people, then you don't have a very good AD. We do, PF is doing a very good job IMO.
That's just it, firing coaches is a lot like playing black jack and deciding whether to stay or hit. Fulmer was a good coach, good enough that when he had the right players he could win it all, was he the best coach in the history of college football? No. Was he the best coach in the game at the time he was fired? No, but his track record was such that he didn't look up at many. Fulmer was an 18 not a 21, but we chose to hit and busted. The odds were very good that was what was going to happen. It was unlikely that we would get a better coach, in fact, we got several much worse ones.
I’ll say to start, Fulmer is a VFL and welcome in my home to share a meal anytime.
That said, when we fired him it was time. He was complacent, stubborn, and had come to resent and lash out at any suggestion that he change. He had started to throw his players under the bus (remember the constant “failed to develop” excuse for recruiting busts?), and aside from hiring Cut back to try and get the band back together, his hiring record was abysmal and he retained incompetent coaches far too long (hello Randy Sanders)
I firmly believe the experience humbled him, and I was psyched when we hired him after a few months once I saw the change. He is much more like the 90s Fulmer these days than the 2000s Fulmer and I am excited to see where he takes us.
Hell yes he is right!! He said since 2003 we have not had an administration that was interested in any advancement of our athletic department. I did not know the year but 10000% agree. He told it like it was and is and I don't know which of the 3 most recent coaching adjustments will be his legacy but I hope all three are. Was not sold on Phil at the start but he has rubbed off on me some. FB as he said is the cash cow but he wants all of the programs to be top notch!!!!!!!
Do none of you guys remember he had two losing seasons in his last four years?!?!?!?!? That had nothing to do with administration! Nothing to do with the school president nor the Athletic Director!
Fulmer is just using that to discredit his failures as a coach at the end. Those in administration were not interfering with his coaching. They were not recruiting. They were not decreasing Fulmers budget for things like recruiting.
Well, given that our Athletic Department only recently got modern with coaches’ salaries (coordinators were way behind), I say “thank goodness we finally have an AD who gets it...and showed it with Barnes and Chaney.”
Said the guy with the 6 million dollar golden parachute. Dooley and Jones would disagree. He is right of course but the problem was with the contracts they were given. Take a guy making less than a million and give him a 4 million dollar buyout clause???
Amen! Amen! Randy Boyd quickly jumped in and obtained financial support from donors to keep Barnes here. He is a good business man and a UT graduate. Boyd would have made a better Governor than the Auburn jerk Lee. Get this when the SEC Mens Basketball tournament was held in Nashville, Governor Lee invited the whole Auburn group to the Governors mansion and totally ignored Barnes and the whole UT basketball team. We need to replace Lee when his term is ended and elect Boyd.
Lee is head and shoulders a better person than Boyd ever will be, just because Boyd attended UT doesn't make him a better candidate for governor. Boyd was a Haslam supporter and vice versa, that's why he is where he is now, no thanks.