Quinton Points Out:
ESPN is reporting that Phil is gone. It's officially a "step down" rather than a "pack your stuff and leave." Presser is supposed to happen sometime later today. As for a replacement, I humbly suggest Kevin Ramsey.
At least there's something to smile about today. More to follow.
-- More from Volquest.com including these stats: "Sources indicated that Fulmer's fate had been sealed even before the team lost its 20th game since 2005. The Vols are just 3-9 in their last 12 against Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Further, against the Southeastern Conference's "Big 5" of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and LSU they are just 12-21 since 2001."
-- Tennessee has not launch a formal coaching search for head football coach since 1976, and they haven't been outside of the Vol Nation for a head coach since then either. Fulmer was on the coaching staff for Johnny Majors when Majors was fired. Majors, who was also a UT alum, started at Tennessee in 1977.
-- The Vols have only hired outside of the SEC once since 1963.
-- UT has only been without a UT alum as head coach for about 14 total years since General Neyland retired following the 1952 season.