Tennessee Football: A Big Mistake

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It was only fifteen years ago when Rocky Top was on top of the college football world. January 4, 1999 the Tennessee Volunteer’s won the first ever BCS national championship under head coach Phillip Fulmer. The power that coach Fulmer made in Knoxville did not stop there as he accomplished seven more ranked finishes after that national championship. Many teams would kill for the success the Volunteers had under coach Fulmer. Then one uneventful season in 2008 led to the force resignation of coach Fulmer. The Volunteers have not been the same since

Phillip Fulmer’s Accomplishments (1992-2008)

Lets look a little closer at what Tennessee got rid of…..

1998 National Championship
2 Conference Championships (1997 & 1998)
152-52 record 74% winning percentage
15 out of 17 seasons were winning seasons
5-12 record vs. rival Florida
15-1 record vs. rival Vanderbilt
16-0 record vs. rival Kentucky
11-5 record vs. rival Alabama
8-7 bowl record with three BCS Bowl appearances

Post Fulmer (2009-)

23-27 record
Only One winning season (2009 7-6)
ZERO wins against rival Alabama
ZERO wins against rival Florida
26 game winning streak against rival UK broken (2011)
ONE bowl win
ZERO BCS Bowl appearances

I imagine every Volunteer fan misses wins against teams like Alabama and Florida. Just the little things such as winning records, or SEC East titles. Now for the next couple years Tennessee fans get to look forward to the Butch Jones era. A guy who has made pit stops at Central Michigan and Cincinnati hauling in a mediocre 50-27 record in the mighty conferences such as the MAC and Big East. Although he has started off his tenure with a top 25 recruiting class there maybe some hope, but some are still frustrated with the decision a couple of years ago. Forcing out your schools second winningest coach and not having patience with him may not have been the best idea. The I want to win now philosophy is a slippery slope that might ruin your future.