Vols’ Barnes to get $26 million over next 5 seasons
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will make $26 million over the next five seasons as part of a hefty raise he will receive after speaking with UCLA about its coaching...
Tennessee announces Barnes will be back next season
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes will be back with the Volunteers next season.
Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer issued a statement Monday night saying "I'm...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has fired women's basketball coach Holly Warlick after a season in which the Lady Vols barely kept their NCAA Tournament streak alive and then promptly lost in...
Former colleagues pay tribute to former Vandy AD Williams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Numerous Vanderbilt officials and former athletes paid tribute to David Williams II on Friday at a funeral for the Southeastern Conference's first black athletic director.
Williams died at the age of 71 on Feb. 8, a week after he had stepped down as Vanderbilt's athletic director.
List of Vols’ violations include Fulmer offering instruction
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has reported a minor NCAA violation that involved athletic director Phillip Fulmer instructing offensive linemen during a football practice.
This was one of eight Level III athletics violations that Tennessee reported over the last six months of 2018. They were obtained through a public records request and first reported by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
Tennessee delays start of construction on Neyland renovation
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is delaying the start of construction on a Neyland Stadium renovation project to review all aspects of the plan.
Noting that he's been on the job for less than a year, athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Thursday that "we simply need time to study all ideas of scope and design" for the project and that delaying it would be "financially prudent."
Tennessee AD Fulmer: Vols ‘working through cultural change’
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said the Volunteers' football program is "working through a cultural change" and that he remains confident in first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.
"I can say with certainty that we've got us a heck of a football coach — absolute certainty," Fulmer said Monday at a Knoxville Quarterback Club luncheon.
The Latest: Tennessee gives out free tickets to evacuees
The Latest on how Hurricane Florence has impacted the college football weekend: (all times local):
Tennessee distributed 1,067 free tickets to its game with UTEP to Hurricane Florence evacuees from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer had announced Wednesday that evacuees would get free tickets as long as they provided IDs showing they're from counties under evacuation orders. Ticket distribution started at 8:30 a.m. for the noon game.
Tennessee’s Barnes gets 3-year contract extension, a raise
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes has received a three-year contract extension and raise that will earn him $21 million over the next six years.
Vols’ Fulmer says he’s comfortable, confident in AD role
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer says his new position didn't require much in the way of on-the-job training.
Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick receives contract extension
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick has received a three-year contract extension as well as a $25,000 raise.
Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Friday that Warlick's contract now runs through the 2021-22 season. Warlick's deal was set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Her annual pay increased from $665,000 to $690,000.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee plans to honor its 1998 national championship team Sept. 22 when the Volunteers host Florida.
Players, coaches and support staff members from the 1998 team will be in Knoxville that weekend for a reunion honoring the 20th anniversary of the title-winning season. The 1998 team was coached by Phillip Fulmer, who took over as Tennessee's athletic director in December.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer praised John Ward for bringing "life and feeling to our living rooms" during a tribute ceremony for the longtime Volunteers football and men's basketball broadcaster.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee wide receiver CJ Fayton is returning to his alma mater in a new position.
Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced the hire of Fayton as the Volunteers' director of VFL (Vol For Life) programming on Tuesday.
Fayton lettered at Tennessee from 2002-05. He also played basketball at Tennessee in 2000-01.
His job involves providing career planning to student-athletes and keeping former Tennessee athletes connected to the university.
KNOXVILLE — Phillip Fulmer had a good feeling about Jeremy Pruitt when the two sat down for the first time four-and-a-half months ago. Even after Fulmer hired Pruitt to be Tennessee’s next football coach, he still had his reservations.
“You never know for sure unless you’ve been around the person for a long period of time,” Fulmer said. “You just don’t know for sure. People can tell you one thing and do another, and that’s often the case.
Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.
Robert Gillespie out as Tennessee’s running backs coach
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Robert Gillespie is no longer part of Tennessee's coaching staff after serving as running backs coach for the last five seasons.
Athletic director Phillip Fulmer confirmed Gillespie's exit Wednesday while speaking to the Big Orange Tip Off Club and indicated the decision was made by new head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Volquest first reported Gillespie's departure.
Gillespie was the lone remaining holdover from former coach Butch Jones' staff. A replacement hasn't been named.
KNOXVILLE — While nothing is official, there is some progress regarding the status of former Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings.
Jennings is enrolled for the spring semester at UT as the star receiver tries to work his way back onto the team.
Jennings was dismissed by then-interm head coach Brady Hoke and athletic director John Currie following a profanity-laced rant directed at the previous coach staff on his Instagram page.
Fulmer wants to restore stability at Tennessee as Vols’ AD
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phillip Fulmer believes stability played a major factor in his coaching success at Tennessee, and he wants to help bring it back.
Stability — built on trust, expectations and communications — was replaced by upheaval.
After taking over as athletic director last month, Fulmer has been working to return Tennessee to the cohesion it enjoyed in its peak years.
Phillip Fulmer has been on the job three weeks today. In 21 days, Fulmer has hired a football coach, he’s worked the recruiting trail and he’s doing all he can to handle Tennessee football until Jeremy Pruitt returns to Knoxville full time. Fulmer sat down with Vol quest.com to discuss in detail the search, his coach, as well as the direction of his athletic department.
Q: What was your reaction when Chancellor Davenport asked you to be the AD, were you surprised?
Ex-Vols AD Currie, Schiano had agreed on $27 million deal
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Greg Schiano signed a memorandum of understanding to make the Ohio State defensive coordinator the new Volunteers football coach before the deal fell apart amid a public backlash.
Saban on Vols picking Pruitt as head coach: ‘I think it’s wonderful’
ATLANTA — Nick Saban will need a new defensive coordinator.
Jeremy Pruitt was named Tennessee’s head coach Thursday morning, ending the Volunteers’ whirlwind 25-day coaching search that publicly cycled through at least five candidates, featured a fan revolt on social media and, ultimately, got athletics director John Currie fired.
Alabama football: Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt named Tennessee head coach
TUSCALOOSA — Nick Saban will need a new defensive coordinator.
Jeremy Pruitt was named Tennessee’s head coach Thursday morning, ending the Volunteers’ whirlwind 25-day coaching search that publicly cycled through at least five candidates, featured a fan revolt on social media and, ultimately, got athletic director John Currie fired.
Tennessee's coaching search has turned to Les Miles.
New UT athletic director Phillip Fulmer has contacted Miles about the open job in Knoxville, Tennessee, 247Sports.com reported on Saturday evening.
Miles texted The Advocate in response to the report: "No real news!!" it said.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Phillip Fulmer stepped up to the podium and graciously accepted the Outback Bowl trophy.
No. 16 Tennessee overcame injuries, academic suspensions and the impending departure of two key assistant coaches to beat No. 18 Wisconsin 21-17 Tuesday for the Volunteers' first 10-win season since 2004.
Tennessee names Fulmer AD, places Currie on paid leave
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has turned to its familiar past to comfort its uneasy fan base in an attempt to rescue what has been a tumultuous and embarrassing football coaching search.
The man Volunteers faithful blamed for the chaos: John Currie. Chancellor Beverly Davenport, who watched as the search was bungled seemingly at each turn, finally had enough.
For the fourth time in a decade, Tennessee is back on the market for new head football coach. Here’s the VolQuest.com coaching board: 1.0
THE BIG NAMES
JON GRUDEN The former Tennessee graduate assistant has been an obsession of Vol fans since Phillip Fulmer was relieved of duties in 2008. Gruden has never publicly slammed the door on coaching again but despite all the rumblings of the last decade, Gruden has never been close to being the coach of the Vols.
‘We’re trying to build a program’: Can Matt Luke at Ole Miss replicate Ed Orgeron’s move from interim to full-time coach at LSU?
OXFORD, Miss. — Ed Orgeron turned to Pete Carroll, Pete Jenkins and Jimmy Johnson, while interim coach at LSU last season.
Matt Luke turned to Phillip Fulmer, David Cutcliffe and Mike MacIntyre, while interim coach at Ole Miss this season.
Both of them, Orgeron and Luke, received a similar message from their different coaching mentors: be yourself.
Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.
Tennessee announced its eight-person class Thursday.
The class also includes softball pitcher Monica Abbott, former men's swimming coach Ray Bussard, Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin, former Colorado Rockies slugger Todd Helton, former swimmer Jeremy Linn and former women's track star Delisa Walton Myricks.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.
DiPietro announced the hiring Tuesday. The part-time job will pay Fulmer $100,000 per year, plus a monthly allowance of $2,500 to cover expenses not reimbursed by the school. He will also receive eight skybox tickets for each home football game.
Nannie Lee Fulmer, mother of Phillip Fulmer, dies at 91
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) — Nannie Lee Fulmer, the mother of former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer, has died. She was 91.
Jim Cortner, funeral director at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester, Tennessee, confirmed Monday that Fulmer died Sunday at NHC Healthcare in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Tennessee athletic officials also confirmed that she had died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The SEC East is relying heavily on three former Nick Saban assistants to restore balance to the league.
The division that once reigned with the likes of Steve Spurrier, Phillip Fulmer, Mark Richt and Urban Meyer hasn't won a Southeastern Conference title in eight years. Saban and Alabama still lead a formidable parade of Western Division teams but there's an abundance of new blood in that sometimes overlooked East.