Vols Phil Fulmer Responds to Critical Remarks From Geno Auriemma


Former Lady Vol Evina Westbrook transferred to UConn after last year, but her appeal to play right away was recently denied by the NCAA. Huskies coach Geno Auriemma remarked on the decision Wednesday night, and he threw the Lady Vols program under the bus, which was surprising to UT athletic director Phil Fulmer.

Said Auriemma after his team’s win over Vanderbilt on Wednesday:”A kid is in an environment that’s not necessarily healthy. An environment that if you knew what the environment was, which I can’t say, you would not want your kid in that environment. And the athletic director there knows it.”
Said Fulmer to WVLT-TV in Knoxville:”Coach. He doesn’t know me at all. I’ve never met him that I know of. I’m sure I would remember. I don’t really know him either. I’m very proud of our program and what we have done here. We’re moving forward with our Lady Vol basketball.”

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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.