Arkansas Football: Phillip Fulmer Would Have Been a Good Fit with the Razorbacks

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterMay 16, 2012

Former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer
Former Tennessee head coach Phillip FulmerStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Tuesday was a banner day for former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer. The former Tennessee head coach was named to the College Football Hall of Fame's class of 2012.

But that wasn't the only news item Fulmer's name appeared in on Tuesday.

In an interview with the 3HL radio program on WGFX 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Fulmer told Clay Travis, Blaine Bishop and Brent Dougherty that he would have been interested in the opening (via: 3HL's Twitter account):

Phillip Fulmer tells us, "...the Arkansas job, I would've jumped all over." #SEC

— Brent, Clay & Blaine (@3HL1045) May 15, 2012

It would have been a good fit, too.

I wrote in mid-April that Fulmer had the pedigree to be able to step in and be a CEO-type head coach for Arkansas, and that the move could serve both parties very well. 

Phillip Fulmer will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012
Phillip Fulmer will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

For Fulmer, it would have allowed him a way back into the coaching ranks, something that he's been trying to do since he resigned from the Tennessee Volunteers in the fall of 2008. Additionally, he would have stepped into a situation that is ready-made for a national title run, which could only help his future job prospects.

For Arkansas, things still worked out well. John L. Smith was the only potential candidate that could provide the Razorbacks with program continuity and BCS-level coaching experience.

The thought of Fulmer coaching at Arkansas may have rubbed some Arkansas fans the wrong way, but the guy is a Hall of Fame coach now. How many of those are just sitting around in April looking for jobs?

To listen to the full Phillip Fulmer interview on 3HL, click here