Phillip Fulmer had great success at the University of Tennessee. That doesn’t mean that Phillip Fulmer is the greatest coach that has ever lived, or even the greatest coach at UT. But he certainly received quite the accolade recently, as pointed out on Twitter:
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 15, 2012
Are You Serious?!
Apparently, when the Hall of Fame determines if it’s inductees are “worthy citizens,” it doesn’t care if that person is a bitter snitch. As we all know, it was The Great Pumpkin himself that led the way when the NCAA was investigating Alabama for violations. He played a pivotal role in the staggering downfall of the Alabama football program. Needless to say, Alabama fans probably weren’t too thrilled when they heard the big news. He is one of the most hated people in the state of Alabama.
I won’t discredit Fulmer’s wins. Other than Robert Neyland, Fulmer has more wins than any coach in UT football history. When a coach has this much success, it can be through his ability as a molder of young men. Other times a coach benefits from a player that is a weapon of mass destruction; Peyton Manning was that weapon for Fulmer. As much as Fulmer would like to believe that he birthed Peyton Manning out of his giant pumpkin belly and turned him into a quarterback masterpiece, Manning actually existed before and certainly after his time with Fulmer.
You can hear the excitement among the Tennessee faithful. They haven’t had anything to cheer about for a while, so being in the news for this has the UT fans ecstatic. To that crowd I say this: Fulmer is gone.; Manning is gone. When someone gets inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, it is a definite red flag that they can no longer help your program, so calm down.
Perhaps Derek Dooley can one day be inducted. Yeah, I’m laughing too.
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