Fulmer to be honored at Neyland Stadium prior to Saturday's game with Alabama

Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 10:50pm
Staff reports

Four years ago, Tennessee asked Phillip Fulmer to leave. Saturday the University of Tennessee not only welcomes back the former football coach, it plans to honor him.

Prior to the Vols' game against top-ranked Alabama, Fulmer will be recognized for his upcoming induction into National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, which will take place in December.

More than 40 members of the 1997 Southeastern Conference championship team, which went 11-2 and reached the Orange Bowl, will join him. All will be honored in the same pregame ceremony before the 6:05 p.m. kickoff (ESPN).

Taking an advantage of a bye week for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1997, is also expected at Neyland Stadium.

In 16 years as UT’s head coach, Fulmer went 152-52, led the Vols to a national championship in 1998 — the sixth in school history — and won two SEC titles (1997-98). He was fired in 2008 after Tennessee went 5-7, failing to make a bowl, and suffering its fourth straight season with at least four losses.

He is the 22nd former UT player or coach to be inducted into the hall of fame. He joins General Robert R. Neyland, Bowden Wyatt and Doug Dickey as the only Vol coaches to be enshrined.

5 Comments on this post:

By: 4gold on 10/19/12 at 6:25

The return of Pillsbury Phil! Good Ole Rocky Flop. Hope he wears his all orange warm up suit. Great Pumpkin returns..

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

By: JeffF on 10/19/12 at 12:19

4gold, interesting comments from a fan of a team he completely owned. Put your teeth back in before you head to your next beat down.

By: 4gold on 10/21/12 at 6:12

AL 44 UT 13
VU 17 AU 13

Go Dores, Preds, Titans! Go Nashville a great place to live!

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