The University of Tennessee has announced today that ex-coach Phillip Fulmer will remain at Tennessee as a special assistant to the university president, John Petersen. Check out the full story from WBIR in Knoxville.
For me personally, this is great, great news.
Any wounds that are still open as most of Vol Nation moves on with Lane Kiffin just got healed a little more, because we won't have to see Fulmer wearing anything other than the Power T and the right shade of orange. This certainly doesn't rule out Fulmer coaching in the future, but does keep him in the program, the family, and as anything positive he can be for Lane Kiffin.
This is, to me, the best news the program has had in a long time—Fulmer detractors have their new man who's working hard on the recruiting trail, and Fulmer supporters still have him in the program. Let the healing begin...even if it's slow, the Vols are making steps in the right direction.
Vol fans will also get a chance to see Monte Kiffin's defense tonight as Tampa Bay takes on Carolina on Monday Night Football. Combined with today's news that Eric Berry was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, this is a great day to be a Tennessee Vol...and there haven't been many of those lately.