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Fulmer is out at Tennessee

Phillip Fulmer is the latest to fall victim to the coaching carousel that is college football.

Fulmer met with Tennessee officials Monday and agreed to finish out the remainder of the 2008 season, before stepping down from his position as head coach.

An announcement of his resignation is slated for Monday at Neyland Stadium.

After devoting thirty years to the Vols as a player, assistant or head coach, two losing seasons in the last four years spelled the end of Fulmer’s run in Knoxville.

Fulmer took over as Tennessee’s head coach in 1993 and brought the school their first national championship in 47 years when he won in 1998. His firing proves, once again, that universities nor professional organizations show any loyalty to the coaches that propel them to the level of success they expect from their programs year in and year out.

Fulmer won a total of 150 games in the SEC, which happens to be one of, if not the toughest leagues in college football.

Each year, the leash and shelf life of coaches become drastically shorter. College programs are setting a dangerous precedence that illuminates the fact that screaming alumni and officials looking for immediate wins can run a coach out of town, even if he built the program into a national power, winning big games for an entire decade as Fulmer did for the Vols in the 90s.


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