Former Vols Coach Phil Fulmer Speaks at Chattanooga Rotary Club
Chattanooga-(WDEF) During his speech at the Chattanooga Rotary Club, former Vols football coach Phil Fulmer couldn’t resist teasing one of his former adversaries in the ole ball coach, Steve Spurrier.
"I would say this to Steve. In fact I have said it in front of him. Steve is a really good guy until you put a microphone in front of him. (laughter) Then he becomes a jerk." (laughter)
One opponent Fulmer wishes to beat far more than Spurrier is Alzheimer’s disease.
Fulmer is good friends with former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who is fighting Alzheimer’s.
A golf tournament will be held next month in Chattanooga to raise money for the Pat Summitt Foundation.
"She’s still Pat. She still has the stare. She’s still loving and caring. But it’s a hard disease. It has been really sad to see how it has all turned out."
On the football front, Fulmer says UT has a great chance to be in the mix in the SEC East.
"Georgia is probably again the favorite it looks like, but after that, it is up for grabs. We’ve got a chance because we’ve played Georgia really close the last several years. Butch should not be expected to have it completely turned around at this point because of where he started, but he has done a great job recruiting. We’ve got a chance to get into the fight."
Fulmer explains what has him excited about next year’s Vols team.
"Well the return of the quarterback is always good. I’m excited about the tailbacks. Both of those guys look like they are good players. Probably most excited about the influx of defensive linemen."