College Football Hall of Fame Coach Phillip Fulmer recently hosted the 14th annual Phillip Fulmer Golf Classic to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley. The tournament is held at Willow Creek Golf Club in Knoxville, Tennessee. Former Tennessee Volunteers football player Shawn Bryson was this year’s special guest.
Recently, Mike Strange and I were joined by former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer as well as former Vols and NFL FB/RB Shawn Bryson on the “News Sentinel Sports Page” radio talk show on “The Sports Animal” (WNML) in Knoxville.
To hear our entire interview with Phillip Fulmer and Shawn Bryson, click the video to the left.
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On his new role helping East Tennessee State University start football…
“I’m excited about their excitement. They’re very excited about football starting back. They asked me to do the coaching thing. That’s kind of I think in the rear view window from that standpoint but I told them I’d help them. We came up with this consultant thought. They wanted a couple year obligation. I said let’s do four months. Four months from now you get the coach you may not even need me”
On returning on-campus to the University of Tennessee…
“I’ve been invited back and I’ll go back but right now it’s just really still a little bit difficult. I’m not mad at anybody or anything like that. I’ve been on that football field 30-plus years and helped build it. It’s just a little bit emotional for me to go back right now but I will, soon.”
On Butch Jones reaching out to former Vols players and coaches…
“I’ve seen it firsthand. We spent a couple of hours together and several times on the phone talking about different things. That’s what you have to do. We created a family during our time there. Kids brought their kids to practice. Hardly ever anybody got turned away. We haven’t been as agreeable to that in the last 3 or 4 years and that’s a mistake.”
On the new training facility at the University of Tennessee…
“It’s an amazing place. I’ve never seen anything like it.
On Butch Jones reaching out to the former UT players…
“I think he’s done a great job. He’s reached out to me. I know he’s reached out to a lot of former players. I think he’s doing a great job communicating with all of us and making us feel welcome.”
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