KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The solution for Tennessee fans to have things like they want it, which would be 1990s flavor and success moving forward, is to hire the people that made those things happen.
It’s not the most conventional idea, but the Vols have a unique situation on their hands, along with some unique options that other schools don’t or haven’t had.
Retired Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer is 67 years old — one year older than Nick Saban. Fulmer gets around fine and is more than capable of handling the job, as he has shown with hands-on coaching at his annual summer camps in Gatlinburg.
It becomes even more realistic when you consider he could be paired up with his former national championship defensive coordinator again, 61-year-old John Chavis.
Chavis is himself qualified to be a head coach, and essentially has served as the head coach of defense at his last two stops at LSU and Texas A&M.
Fulmer and Chavis can be had — SEC Country have sources that confirm that directly.
The key to the deal, however, would be getting former Tennessee national championship QB Tee Martin back as an associate head coach and offensive coordinator.
Martin, essentially, would be groomed as a head coach of the future.
Martin is currently the offensive coordinator at Southern Cal, and while he might not be ready for all that comes with the Vols’ head coaching job, he could be instrumental in moving the program forward working with veterans Fulmer and Chavis.
Former Tennessee linebacker Kevin Simon could be another piece to the puzzle, as he has worked in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons in scouting.
Martin and Simon appear to be two of the brightest young minds in football, and they are Vols’ resources lacking only the experience that Fulmer and Chavis could bring atop the organization.
Could Martin and Simon be the Fulmer and Chavis of the future? A look at their resumes and background suggests as much, especially when one considers their proven ability to recruit and evaluate talent at the highest level.
Tennessee has current assistant coaches that would certainly be worthy of keeping as well, carryovers from Butch Jones’ staff that would help transition recruits and current talent.
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss a potential package deal that, while admittedly out of the box, could leave everyone on Rocky Top smiling.
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