Could Phillip Fulmer return to Tennessee?
Could Phil Fulmer come back to coach Tennessee again?
The 62-year-old Fulmer was asked that question on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, and said if the opportunity presented itself, he would like to return.
"I've been out four years, I've never once said, 'No, I'm done with coaching,'" Fulmer said. "If I have the opportunity to coach at a very special place - and Tennessee is a very special place - then absolutely, I would take advantage of it. I'd probably, really quickly, put all of my staff back together, or most of them, and get back to work.
"We built a very prideful brand at Tennessee. The style of football we played. It's just terrible to feel where we are right now. There have been so many challenges that we haven't taken on."
Also on the topic of Tennessee, Fulmer was asked what the biggest problems have been for a program that was consistently one of the SEC's best under Fulmer.
"So many of our issues, like at a lot of places, are internal," he said. "Those things have to be addressed. We have such great tradition that we've lost in a short period of time. It's from shooting ourselves in the foot. You can be a top 25 institution and have a great football program. You do it at Ohio State and a lot of places across the country.
"We've gotten our things out of kilter some. And Dave Hart's addressing that. He's the athletic director now, he understands. He's been at places like Florida State and Alabama. He knows. Hopefully we'll get the right coach to come in and get things back on track."
You can listen to the interview by clicking here.
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