Fulmer playing inaccurate blame game

Updated: February 16, 2011, 4:17 PM ET
By Ryan McGee

Before we get started I want to tip my cap to Houston quarterback Case Keenum. Sunday's news that he would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL made me physically ill. He's a good kid and a great QB. Here's hoping the NCAA does the right thing and gives him a medical waiver, he gets his knee fixed and makes it back to take another shot at the all-time passing yardage and TD marks.

Now on to the downs …

First Down: Phil Fulmer's tired act

As I drove home Friday morning from N.C. State's drubbing of Cincinnati, every college football radio show that I tuned into -- from ESPN to Sirius XM to local AM sports talk -- spent a considerable amount of time discussing the downfall of Tennessee football over the past three years.

Much of that conversation was spurred by the words of former Volunteer head coach Phillip Fulmer, who last week rolled out his annual "Tennessee wasn't bad until after I was fired" routine for anyone that would listen.