Vols AD Phil Fulmer Has No Desire to Possibly Coach Tennessee Again


Vols athletic director Phil Fulmer shut down the rumors Wednesday night that he might slide over and coach the football team again if they continue to struggle under Jeremy Pruitt. On the Vols radio call-in show, Fulmer said he’s not coaching again because he enjoys the extra time he has with his family. He hasn’t coached since getting fired as the Vols head coach in 2008. Fulmer also reiterated on Wednesday that he has full confidence in Jeremy Pruitt.

Said Fulmer:”But I’m going to tell you this. I totally believe in Coach Pruitt and the job that he is doing. He’s a leader. He’s a recruiter. He’s a hard worker. He’s tough minded. He confronts the issues that we have.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.