Phillip Fulmer named acting Athletics Director for UT Vols


    The University of Tennessee announced Phillip Fulmer as acting director of atheletics on Friday.

    Previous AD John Currie and the university parted ways Friday morning after a reported "disastrous" and fruitless search for a head football coach.

    "Phillip Fulmer will begin serving as athletic director effective immediately," Chancellor Beverly Davenport said. "I have taken these steps in the best interest of the university. I am confident that Phillip understands the need to support our student-athletes and our commitment to excellence in all athletic programs. I appreciate his willingness to serve during this critical time. No one better understands the storied history of Vol athletics and its deep connection to alumni and fans, and I believe he will be a unifying presence for all of us committed to the university's success."

    Fulmer is the second-winningest coach in Tennessee football history, UT said. He compiled a 152-52 career record in 17 seasons at the helm of the program. He's also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

    Fulmer will now lead in the search for a head football coach.

    A news conference is slated for 3 p.m. CST Friday. Watch live on our Facebook page.

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