Phillip Fulmer (born September 1, 1950) is the head football coach at East Tennessee State University. He was a TV college football analyst and a former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football team, who compiled a 152–52 record from 1992 to 2008 as head coach. He is best known for coaching the Volunteers in the first ever BCS National Championship Game in 1998, defeating Florida State University. Fulmer was the Volunteers' 20th head football coach.
At the end of his tenure at Tennessee, Fulmer had the second-highest number of wins of any head coach in Tennessee history, just 21 behind legendary coach Robert Neyland. Fulmer also was only the third coach in Tennessee history to win a claimed national championship. His 1997 and 1998 teams remain (as of 2011) to be the last teams to win consecutive SEC championships. Despite a decline in the later years of his career, he was considered by many to be an icon of college football, especially one of institutional loyalty. In recognition of his accomplishments at Tennessee, Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
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... Those four seasons, the Vols were led by Fulmer, Offensive Coordinator David Cutcliffe and Defensive Coordinator John Chavis. 1998, the Vols made three more trips to the SEC Championship Game with Fulmer as the head coach 2001, 2004, and 2007 ... which reunited the successful group of Fulmer, Chavis and Cutcliffe ...