Phillip Fulmer named to College Football Hall of Fame

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:40pm
Staff reports

Former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was among the 17 players and coaches named to the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame Class, The National Football Foundation announced Tuesday.

Fulmer won just short of 75 percent of his games as Volunteers coach from 1992-2008. He led one national championship and two Southeastern Conference championship teams, guided his team to 15 bowl games and 13 final Top 25 rankings and coached 19 first-team All-Americans.

He was selected along with Jimmy Johnson, who coached Oklahoma State and Miami (Fla.) and R.C. Slocum, who coached Texas A&M, and a group of players that includes Steve Barthkowski, Dave Casper, Art Monk and Jonathan Ogden

"I am honored to be joining such an elite group of coaches selected to The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame," Fulmer said in a release issued by UT. "There are so many people to thank, but it must start with my wife Vicky and my children. It was never a job for us, but very much a lifestyle. They certainly sacrificed a lot for me to live my passion.

"I am grateful to my wonderful staff who worked so hard and stayed so loyal to UT for many years. They did their jobs well, and were great mentors and examples for our young men.

"I am proud of the many outstanding young men that played for us. They trusted us to come to Tennessee, worked really hard for us, and were rewarded with the best era in modern Tennessee football. There are hundreds of special relationships that will be there forever.”

Coaches are eligible three years after retirement or immediately upon retirement if that coach is 70 or older. Coaches can only be considered if they coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games and had a winning percentage of .600 or better.

Fulmer went 152-52 at Tennessee.

The class formally will be inducted at a December ceremony in New York, will be recognized at the 2013 Sugar Bowl and officially will be enshrined during the summer of 2013.