KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Phillip Fulmer will not be returning for
an 18th season with Tennessee, according to multiple reports
ESPN.com cited multiple sources that Fulmer met with Tennessee
officials Monday morning where they agreed it would be best if the
coach did not stay on the job after this season. The report says an
announcement will be made later Monday. The Tennessean also
reported Fulmer would announce he would step down.
Athletic director Mike Hamilton and other Tennessee officials
did not immediately return voicemails left by The Associated Press.
Fulmer's agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not immediately return a page
left on his cell phone.
Athletic department officials familiar with the situation told
The Associated Press that an announcement was being readied for
late afternoon. The official declined to be quoted by name because
nothing official has been announced and also would not discuss what
the announcement would be.
The Vols fell to 3-6, 1-5 in the Southeastern Conference after
winning the league's Eastern Division title last season.
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