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Phillip Fulmer named special advisor to Tennessee president

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Legendary Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will return to the university in a new role.

University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro announced the hiring of Fulmer as special advisor to the president for community, athletics and university relations Tuesday.

“Phillip has been a tremendous asset to the University of Tennessee both on and off the field for more than 40 years,” DiPietro said. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with him on the UT President’s Council, and I look forward to working with him in a broader sense to advocate for the University with our key stakeholders.”

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Fulmer also will support intercollegiate athletic programs at each of the UT campuses, in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, the Tennessee athletic department website said.

“This is a special opportunity for me. … I look forward to serving UT campuses statewide, our communities, and UT athletics for the greater good for our great state and the university,” Fulmer said.

UT athletic director John Currie referred to Fulmer as “a perfect ambassador.”

“I’ve appreciated and enjoyed numerous visits with Coach Fulmer since I returned to Knoxville, and I am honored to work with him,” Currie said.

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Fulmer reportedly will make $100,000 a year, and there are some perks associated with the job as well.

Fulmer spent more than 40 years affiliated with the Tennessee football program, joining the team as an offensive lineman in 1968. He returned to the program as an assistant coach under Johnny Majors in 1980 before being promoted to coach in 1992.

Fulmer led the Vols to a national championship in 1998, two SEC championships and seven division titles during 17 years as coach. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

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