KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has name Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer athletic director after John Currie was relieved of his duties Friday morning.
Fulmer addressed the media along with Chancellor Beverly Davenport.
Fulmer takes over the Vols in the middle of a coaching search which has quickly spiraled into a national joke.
Below, we have a roundup of news and notes from the news conference.
- Dr. Davenport statement: It has indeed been a difficult week. It has not been an easy process. I have heard from Vol nation and I’ve heard what they’ve had to say. They love this University. Our supporters have been passionate, vocal and steadfast in what makes the athletics exceptional, and it’s the people. I asked John Currie to return to Knoxville yesterday afternoon. That had nothing to do with any specific coach. Challenges require tough decisions. Today required one of those decisions. Currie has been suspended from his position and Fulmer will take over. We are here to begin a new era. I’ve asked Phillip to take over the reigns of the coaching search. He understands well the expectations for this athletic department.
- Fulmer statement: This kind of goes without saying, but I’ll say it. The University of Tennessee is an exceptional place. Our athletic program is a bond that connects everyone to our University. Our football program has the history, tradion and resources to play with anyone at any time. That’s what we are going to do again. It’s time that we all pull together to be a part of the solution. I am honored for this opportunity from Dr. Davenport. Our first job is to turn around the football program. It has struggled previous years for various years. I’ve been at Tennessee when it’s at it’s best. Turning our situation around will require teamwork. I’m asking all of our fans, ‘let’s go have fun winning championships.’
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