June 26th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer has said from the time he took over that his No. 1 priority is to turn around the slumping football program. That hasn’t happened just yet. But while the football program is still trying to find its footing, Tennessee’s overall athletic department is prospering under Fulmer. In Fulmer’s first full school year as athletic director, Tennessee is on the verge of its first top-30 finish in the Directors’ Cup all-sports standings since 2010-11. “I’m enjoying it,” Fulmer said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. Fulmer was hired in December 2017 to rescue a football coaching search that had gone awry. He responded a week later by hiring Jeremy Pruitt, who was Alabama’s defensive coordinator at the time. Fulmer, 68, had an eventful 2018-19 year during which he conducted one basketball coaching search and nearly had to do another. After a season in which Tennessee held the No. 1 ranking for nearly a month and reached a regional semifinal , men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes nearly left for UCLA. – STEVE MEGARGEE, thenewstribune. – Read More

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