REVEALED: UT’s recruiting problem

Tennessee’s Phil Fulmer is known for skulduggery. After all, when he couldn’t land players, the first thing that crossed his mind was the other guys had to be cheating. (Often he was right, but that’s beside the point.)

Now Fulmer can’t land recruits because he tells players one thing, and when he gets them on campus does another. Don’t believe me? What about a top recruit? Don’ta Hightower told that UT was persistent in its recruiting efforts, but he wasn’t interested due in large part to Fulmer’s past dishonesty:

“After I committed, Vanderbilt was still trying to talk to me a little bit, but Tennessee was the worst about it. They kept calling and trying to come down but I didn’t talk to them. From the start I didn’t think Tennessee was the right place for me – they’ve been known to recruit you for one position and put you at another – so that’s partly what it was about.”

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This revelation that top recruits are shunning UT over Fulmer’s character should give more ammo to the Fire Fulmer crowd.

Fulmer’s on thin ice in Knoxville over a host of issues. Discipline was the latest bludgeoning device, but that is always cover for a failure to win. Nobody cares about discipline when you are winning SEC titles—and don’t deceive yourself, John Adams wouldn’t have called for Fulmer’s head in February if UT had upset LSU to win the conference crown.

While some UT fans remain passionate in their defense of Fulmer, I’ve spoken to several UT supporters who want Fulmer out. Knowledgeable UT fans are worried that the state’s limited supply of SEC caliber talent are finding their way to other teams. The Hightower revelation means it just got harder to recruit for Fulmer.

With a resurgent Alabama under Nick Saban, Urban Meyer leading Florida, and the best Georgia team in memory set to take the field in 2008—how long can Fulmer last?


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    Look at the bright side: at least he’s not setting in a tree stand while Nick Saban is out snatching his potential prospects left and right, like the API Cowgirls’ coach is.

    Either way, now that he has no team to tattle tale on, he basically has no where to run and hide. His days are numbered in Knoxville, just as Tubby’s is down on the ugliest trailer park on the plains.

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    Coach Tony Franklin

    yep, thats right….fire Fat Phil and hire me in his place. I keep hearing that TommyTubby say that he’s been wanting to talk to them folks up there next year but he cant get away for any of his “hunting” trip…..I’m Tony Franklin Damnit! With my spread we could rule the universe! Guaranteed to get 750 yards a game or your money back*

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    TONY, TONY, TONY!!! You will SUFFER the wrath of the Al Borges karma. Yes, indeed (my smoking hot wife is also playing a helping hand in it as well). You’ll probably bolt for Texas in a year or so; quite possibly Troy when their head coach retires!!


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    Coach Tony Franklin

    bite me Borges the hutt!!! I’m Tony Franklin Damnit! I invented the “air raid” offense! I made Hal Mumme a star baby!!! I ‘m Tony Fucking Franlin Damnit!
    I am one of the rare few who’s B.O. smells so good I dont even have to bathe!!!When your as cool as Tony Franklin you dont need to shampoo either Jack!
    I’m Tony Franklin Damnit!
    I’ve got my own web site and book because I am so damn hott! Your wife might just leave your fat ass to hook up with a real stud like me! I’m Tony Franklin! And Tony Frankin knows how to make hot monkey love DAMNIT!

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    Nicky Satana

    i hear you all the time on finnebaum and thought i would check out your site. to put it frankly, your journalism sucks. sorry dude, but this “revelation” of yours is about as significant as how paul’s asshole tastes after you eat it every day from 2-6. Hate to break the news but every single person who follows football already knew about this. its not top secret info. the reason why everyone knew about this is because every coach in America gets in the heads of recruits and tells them that the other coaches are gonna switch them to a position that they don’t want to play if he goes there. only difference is this poor kid believed every bit of what saban was selling and from the sound of it didn’t ever really wanna play at UT in the first place. Saban came in under the radar and therefore has been extremely successful right from the start. it won’t be so easy in the future. so keep breaking the jaw dropping news shane. you should start charging for your content cause the shit you are selling is that good. your customers are probably desperate enough that they will pay anybody to write anything good.

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