Tommy Tuberville expects great things from Phil Fulmer-Jeremy Pruitt duo

“(Laughs about meddling) Well, it’s a tough scenario to be honest with you. You usually don’t have it from the administration, you usually get some from boosters, which I had at several schools,” he said. “And I’ve seen other coaches have problems. But if you handle it right, it will all work out.

“The main thing is having somebody in the athletic director’s position that really understands football and what coaches do and go through and what they need and don’t need; Phillip is perfect for that.

“I know Phillip, he’s a smart guy, he understands it, he’s not going to push Jeremy Pruitt around. He’s going to mentor him; he wants Tennessee to win as much as anybody. And so I think it’s going to be a scenario a lot like Wisconsin. Barry Alvarez is the best athletic director in college, they win in almost every sport and Phillip Fulmer will do the same thing. He understands coaches and the No. 1 thing about being an athletic director is hiring them (coaches) and managing your coaches. Everything else will take care of itself. This stuff about we need to hire an A.D. to go out and raise money or do this or do that… that doesn’t solve problems. What solves problems is keeping your coaches there, helping them understand what helps them and Phillip Fulmer is a perfect choice.”

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