Wednesday, May 14 2014, 10:52 PM EDT
Fulmer In Town Telling Stories
The American Red Cross held its annual hero awards luncheon and former Vols coach Phil Fulmer was the keynote speaker.
Fulmer spoke about preparedness and reflected on some of his fondest memories as Tennessee's coach. There were many to choose from: an 11-5 record against Alabama, two SEC championships, and the 1998 BCS National Championship.
Fulmer also spoke with the media about this upcoming Vols squad. He noted that Butch Jones has been a welcoming presence and has reached out to former players. Fulmer said Jones has recruited well but likely needs another strong class to restore the Vols to top-shelf caliber.
Specifically, Fulmer said the Vols can't rely on drawing up the perfect play every play. At some point, athletes have to start making plays on the field, which he noted had not happened too often in the past. But he felt strongly that the Vols are headed in the right direction.
As for himself, the former coach who won 74 percent of his games, is spending much more time with his grandchildren and children. Right now, he's hobbling on crutches while recovering from his knee replacement surgery. He said the knee is coming along nicely.
He continues his consulting duties with East Tennessee State University and said he "enjoys the stew" out of the job, but will always be a Vol.
by John Madewell
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