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“Fulmer spent more than 30 years at Tennessee as a player, assistant and coach. He finished his coaching career with a 152-52-1 record and remains the last coach in the SEC to win back-to-back league championships, in 1997 and 1998. The Vols won the BCS National Championship in 1998 with a 13-0 record. But that was Fulmer's final SEC championship season, despite reaching the conference title game three more times. He suffered through a pair of losing seasons in his last four years on the job and was forced out following the 2008 season. Fulmer said he has met Tennessee president Joe DiPietro and Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek, neither of whom was in his current position when Fulmer was fired. "I like the new administration a lot," Fulmer said. "I think we have men of integrity and that they want to do the right thing. I really like what Derek (Dooley) is doing with the football program and am excited about where we go from here." Fulmer declined to weigh in specifically on Hamilton's resignation and repeated that he didn't want to dredge up the past. But he did say he believed Tennessee had lost some respect nationally the past couple of years because of its NCAA compliance issues. "Some of the things we've been through are not what we've been about historically, some of the compliance issues we've had," Fulmer said. "I want us to get back to winning championships and to get our respect back from a national standpoint ... and stay out of the NCAA news." Chris Low covers the SEC for ESPN.com.
I'm not politicking for the job, and I don't need a job. But if I can help my university, I'm interested in doing that any way I can.” -- Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer