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Phillip Fulmer says he hasn’t had any conversations with anyone

Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal spoke to Phillip Fulmer today about his interest in the Kentucky job. The former Tennessee coach told him, “That’s really not for me to say at this point. I haven’t had any conversations with anyone.”  

“They certainly seem very committed from the standpoint of fan loyalty and resources to build a football program,” Fulmer added. “I think being in the [SEC] is nothing but a positive. You don’t have Missouri and Texas A&M running to join it for no reason.”

 

Your thoughts on Phil?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

100 Comments for Phillip Fulmer says he hasn’t had any conversations with anyone



  1. Tosis
    2:57 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    When I read that headline, I thought, “Good.”



  2. gary
    2:57 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Please noooooooooo.



  3. jake blue
    2:58 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    No to Fulmer..next.



  4. true story
    2:59 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    YAY! Another retiree! Do this and we are officially the Old Folks Home of Football!



  5. Lex Chapman
    2:59 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hire whats left of him of we cant get anyone better. At the very least he can build a solid base for us to build upon a la Rich Brooks. The guy coached at won at the highest level for 20 years in the SEC, he deserves a look.



  6. CatGrad7072
    3:02 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    No, no, a thousand times no! He’s a has-been retread.



  7. Dub C
    3:03 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    As much as I like Joker, I thing Fulmer would be a wonderful hire.



  8. RxDad
    3:03 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s pass on Fat Phil. It would tick off the Alabama fans if we hired him though–they hate him with a passion…hahaha



  9. UKBlue1!
    3:05 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, sounds like a great idea. Hire a 63 year old coach, let him coach say 5-6 years and maybe we can find a coach from within his staff to replace him. Great idea! NOT



  10. BillDozer
    3:05 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    It depends who he hired as an OC. The main can operate a program, but I would not want him keeping Sanders around and then employing a cheap offensive system.

    He would not be my first choice but may be worth a look.



  11. Raazoul
    3:05 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Well he’s saying the right things, which tells me he REALLY wants the job. And as much as I don’t want Fulmer or a Re-Tread coach…How many coaches are gonna really WANT to coach here? I’d say some coaches will take the job because it’s in the SEC and they can use it as a stepping stone. That’s fine, but it may not be terrible for a coach to want to be here.



  12. Travis
    3:05 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Some reported that Kentucky officials were meeting Kirby Smart in Alabama, lets hope that it’s true but still don’t think he comes here



  13. fix a flat
    3:06 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I have no problems with this guy, very smart and maybe the best thing that Tenn has ever had in coaching ranks. That being said I think we need some younger blood, someone who will be around for a coulple of years. Nice guy but keep looking.



  14. best1978
    3:08 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hell no.



  15. Seriously?
    3:08 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    C’MON MAN!!!



  16. Bill Curry
    3:10 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Might as well bring me back!



  17. fireant
    3:11 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m out.



  18. Eric K
    3:13 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    NO! HELL NO!! We should start with the OC from Oregon, If that doesn’t work than go to Smart. Please no has beens!! GO CATS!!



  19. Slick Rick
    3:14 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Heck no. This dude is such a retread. There is a reason he can’t get a job. Plus. He ran his boss Johnny majors out of town. Karma stinks doesn’t it Phil?



  20. Jokersajoke
    3:16 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    UK is the only school that mentions Fat Phil as a Head Coaching candidate. He keeps throwing his hat in the ring to every school with a coaching vacancy. There’s a reason no one has been knocking on his door.



  21. JL
    3:17 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Why in the name of heaven would u want a coach of a losing program? Didn’t we just get rid of that?



  22. That's Live Action!
    3:17 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    We may as well give Fulmer a chance, at least we know he’ll stick around for 5 or 6 years. If a younger guy gets it and has any success at all he’ll be picked up by a bigger program anyways.



  23. btowncatfan
    3:17 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    20. Ditto.



  24. BEAST
    3:21 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    no thanks, we’ll stick with Joker.



  25. DougieFresh
    3:22 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’d rather eat a big ole bowl of diarrhea than have Phil Fulmer as football coach.



  26. tom
    3:23 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    The guy can sure win football games. What other coach with a national championship ring could we hope to get? Although, to be fair, that’s whatr Minnesota said when they hired Tubby…so it might not work after all. lol



  27. Bill Parcells
    3:26 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    No way, talk about Commonwealth really being empty. We need to hire a young, energetic coach that has a dynamic offensive playbook, with a winning record. And yes, I am talking about myself.



  28. J.T.
    3:26 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I say YES. He is the most accomplished coach we could EVER HOPE to hire at UK. Who cares if he’s a “retiree” or a “retread”? Who are we to look a gift horse in the mouth? That being said, he won’t be my first choice, but he’s in my realistic top 3.



  29. Rockfield, KY
    3:27 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I met Phil this summer and really liked him. Plus his daughter is smoking hot.

    As far as coaching goes, I don’t know how good he’d be. I’m a fan and I’ve never been tasked with building a NCAA football program.



  30. chad
    3:28 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    If another SEC school has fired that head coach, I don’t want to hire him. There is a reason he was fired.



  31. FeedMeSeymour
    3:28 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I have no problem with Fulmer being a possibility. He’s won in the SEC. Has a little chip on his shoulder with trying to prove himself. I’d take him with some young energetic coordinators for sure.



  32. putinrichie
    3:29 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Talk about an uninspiring hire…..he is someone that you only go to if you are desparate and have been turned down by your first 20 candidates. If Fulmer really wants to coach D-1 football, he should go somewhere like LA Tech or WKU after Dykes and Taggart bolt this year.



  33. Pedro
    3:30 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Come to Kentucky, we can sing rocky top together..



  34. Weeze
    3:31 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    We all would love to hire a BIG name guy like: Gruden or Ryan, but we really need to be realistic about this. If Tenn, Auburn, Arkansas, Miami, VA Tech, or possibly Arizona, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin or Michigan become available, WE ARE SCREWED! ALL of these schools would get a better coach than UK if it came down to choosing. Not saying all of these schools would be looking, but wouldn’t bet that some will be. I would not rule out anyone that is a proven HC at this time. And PF is a proven HC. Not my first choice but not sure my first choice would come here.



  35. buddyblue62
    3:33 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    heeellllllll nooooooooo



  36. fireant
    3:35 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink


  37. SUPER FAN
    3:35 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Why has Tee Martin’s name not come up. He would make a great coach. If Sanders was gone.



  38. tangledupinblue
    3:36 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    PLEASE PEOPLE ! You do realize that Fulmer never had a successful season after Cutcliffe left Tennessee . Why do you think he was fired .



  39. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    3:36 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I do not want that hog-head sonuvabiscuit as my coach.



  40. malibu
    3:45 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I will never support this school again if fat boy here get the head coaching job. Another bullsh*t post by the boys of KSR



  41. Bob Skallen
    3:49 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Kirby Smart, Mike Leach, or Sonny Dykes.



  42. bluetooth
    3:51 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    jeff drummond tweeted that uk officials were seen in the offices of alabama football , presumably to meet with kirby smart . YES !



  43. Wildcat3331
    3:54 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer is no.4 on my list:
    1. Kirby Smart
    2. Sonny Dykes
    3. Cutcliffe
    4. Fulmer
    5. Neal Brown
    6. Petrino
    7. Mike Leach



  44. BBN
    3:55 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    ohh thats a great idea hire the guy who pretty much started the 26 year streak……. GO FOR KIRBY SMART OR SONNY DYKES!!!!



  45. BlueTexan
    3:56 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    BEWARE BBN!!! Barnfart is so ineffective in HC hires (he had to turn to Brooks due to his Oregon ties) that Fulmer is probably #1 on Barnfart’s list – after all, he was at UT when Fulmer was there…TRUST Barnfart to screw-up this hire also.



  46. Richard Simmons
    3:58 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    too fat



  47. Dud Wash
    4:03 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    As Darth Vader would say, Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!



  48. JT
    4:04 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I can remember some of these same comments against John Calipari when we were going for a basketball coach to replace Gillispie. Some fans just ain’t very smart.. they have opinions but little knowledge of who is best for the program. I have no problem with Fulmer as HC, but would rather see a Dykes or Smart as my primary choice. It’s not like everyone will be jumping at the chance to coach the Wildcats.



  49. Flyingfish
    4:09 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Phil went on to say… “I have not talked to anyone but if someone out there wants to meet me at Krispy Kreme we can talk about anything you like over donuts and coffee”.



  50. fatkidineastky
    4:12 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Dear Sweet 8 pound baby Jesus….NOOOOOOOO! PLEASE NOOOOOOO!!!!! Only thing he ever did good was to fire Randy Sanders…..he had no discipline (as no one else has either @ UT) soooo NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  51. Not Lones Seiber
    4:13 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    NO to Fat Phil. Just…no. I can’t stress that enough.
    If a fat guy is what you want, why not former Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen? He’d be the third coach to leave Maryland for Kentucky, the first two being Bear Bryant and Jerry Claiborne, and is currently unemployed. And for those complaining about Barnhart, be glad you don’t have Maryland’s Athletic Dept.: fired Friedgen after an 8-4, ACC CoY season in 2010 for Randy Edsall (fail), and pissed off Gary Williams into retirement.



  52. What
    4:17 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    HELL NO!



  53. Michael
    4:20 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Bring in Tressel! He can recruit and turn things around for us!



  54. Flyingfish
    4:20 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    #46 Blue Texan… lighten up. Our AD did hire Brooks and in the long run it turned out OK. Brooks wanted Joker to have this job. You cannot blame Mitch for doing that. After all he owed Brooks that much. As far as BCG goes most teams in the country would have hired him at the time. When it didn’t work out Mitch ditched him as soon as he could. Hey, that turned out pretty good as well. When you look at the state of every sport but football I.E. Basketball (men and women) Baseball, softball, track, volleyball soccer, golf … it seems that Mitch has hired the right person for each of those jobs. Mitch will work his tail off to find a good match for the football job. If he blows it he knows that will be his legacy. Right now is time to support the program. I think we all got what we wanted this weekend and should be excited about a change. You are admitting defeat before it happens. Show a little patience. Show a little support. Right now we need all BIG BLUE FANS like yourself to have a little faith.



  55. Bear Bryant
    4:29 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’m available and really miss coaching at UK!



  56. Commish
    4:31 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Wish List:
    Kirby Smart
    Mark Helfrich
    Kliff Kingsbury
    Sonny Dykes
    Gus Malzahn
    Todd Monken
    Neal Brown
    Please do not hire some retred coach, to play it safe. We need some young fresh coaching talent!!



  57. Musehobo
    4:34 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Can someone explain to me why a coach who’s career record is 152-52 in the SEC, who won a national championship, and who’s WORST season was 5-7 (only had 2 losing records in 17 years is an awful choice? You can argue he’s old…or that he peaked in the mid 2000’s, but am I missing something?



  58. Rose St Cat
    4:35 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    No. No. No. No.No. No. No. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO. NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO…..No.

    no.



  59. The Ghost of Bear Bryant
    4:39 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Trussel would be the man. He has one national championships at every level. Yes he lost a couple bowl games to SEC schools … but we have to be honest about that SEC homers …he was playing the teams in their territory. Lost to LSU in New Orleans and to Florida in Miami. The man can flat out coach and win. Why do you think the Colts came within a hair of hiring him to be their head coach.



  60. The Ghost of Bear Bryant
    4:40 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    That should read “won” national championships at every level. Check out his record at Youngstown State before he Went to OSU.



  61. Participant
    4:48 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Some in Tennessee did not treat him well. I remember one calling in to see him fired because they did not beat FLA that year. They lost 3 games that year.

    Hire just to irritate the Rocky Top people.

    Also, those people don’t know Rocky Top was written by 2 Ky people. We need to tell them that, maybe by a YouTube video hosted by Matt Roark.

    Saturday Afternoon in Neyland …a Garbage Collectors Convention, just like the ‘Bama guy said…..Snitches



  62. Earache
    4:50 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    No



  63. Participant
    4:52 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Tressel, with Petrino for Def Coordinator amd Mumme as OC.

    Then rent an office for the NCAA infractions committee.
    Tressel had infractions at Youngstown State before OSU.

    We all know about Mumme, we’ll just put Petrino up to lie about it all.



  64. The Ghost of Bear Bryant
    4:55 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer would be good too … Fulmer is a great coach, things just went a little south at the end of his tenure but for years he had the best winning percentage in college football. He could also get Peyton Manning in town which would not hurt recruiting.



  65. The Ghost of Bear Bryant
    4:59 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I guess Tressel’s coaching or NCAA infraction record looks a lot like Coach Cal’s lol just sayin’ I love Cal, but Tressel is not the slime ball Petrino is.



  66. CatsFan
    5:12 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I would not personally think Fulmer would bring excitement to UK Football. I think Fulmer is a better choice than Cutcliffe, so what that he coached the Mannings (I am a huge fan of the Mannings). Cutliffe just doesn’t have a great record. In my opinion the oldest we need to go is Sonny Dykes or Tressel (even though I despise Ohio State and anything Ohio) who is a good coach. If we were to go young I would like to see Kirby Smart or Kliff Kingsbury. Smart would bring an awesome defense from Alabama and Georgia. Kingsbury would bring in a high powered offense from A&M, A&M will be national contenders in the next couple of years. Kliff could also bring in recruiting from TX. I think UK should go young and believe Smart and Kingsbury will both be big head coach names in a few years, might as well start at UK. Go CATS!



  67. SevenT
    5:20 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer is an unbelievable recruiter. I just can’t see him wearing Blue, but he certaily would bring a lot to the table.



  68. Bigbluestorm
    5:24 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    This is a fact, why would any good coach want to deal with the Tenn job or Auburn job, You go there and win 6 or 7 games a yr and they want to fire you esp if you lose to ky, Come to Ky and win 6 or 7 games a yr and we love you, guaranteed a job and if you slip up and beat a Tenn or Georgia you go in the record books around here. juat saying.



  69. Stupid
    5:45 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Go home Fulmer, you’re drunk.



  70. Duke sucks
    5:53 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Only way to get Fulmer is if Cutcliff came with him as OC. Check his record with and with out Cutcliff. Why not just hire Cutcliff to be the man. Which in the end is who we will have anyway.



  71. Bobby Petrino says
    6:30 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Phil can have the job only if I say no!!



  72. BigBlue
    6:49 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, Fulmer would be great coach. He can recruit very well and would hire great coordinators. HE KNOWS HOW TO RUN A PROGRAM. Not mention that he would be fired up to beat UT every year. I am not saying he should be #1 on the list, but Fulmer is a dam good coach and would definitely improve the program.



  73. Dufus
    6:52 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Dufus says Greese the sirens then turn them BACK ON and “REACH 4 LEACH”



  74. ed
    7:03 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Is it april fools day already? Is this a sick joke? are you freakin kidding me? No wonder we are so pitiful in football



  75. jarshoe
    7:19 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    There is a serious push by members of the board to make Fulmer happen.



  76. Ewe Tea
    7:25 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Bull Filmer



  77. Football Man
    7:34 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    If we don’t get Petrino some other SEC school will, and they will win and we will not. I’m tired of being the laughingstock in football. I want to win!



  78. Vol Hater
    7:39 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I would rather see Commonwealth concreted over than hire that TN reject.



  79. nooooooooo
    7:40 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    #76 i am not disputing ur word but i hope that u are wrong. we do not need another ol’ man. i can see it now…. tee martin comes back under fulmer, is promised “coach in waiting” and we end up right back where we are now. we need a younger guy. one who will coach his arse off for 6/7 years with no end in sight. doesn’t have a guy waiting behind him. when he leaves is after he has built UK into an SEC east contender in his last 3 years and he is so good he leaves for bama when saban retires. that guy….. dykes or…. dykes



  80. nooooooooo
    7:43 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    and u follow dykes with kirby smart after he is ready to leave which ever c-usa school he jumps for first.



  81. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    8:00 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Lets keep it that way!



  82. markp
    8:50 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Let Fulmer graze on that rocky top. We don’t need him here. Yuck!



  83. Dutch
    8:59 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Some folks don’t know their — from hole in the ground! Where in the hell did that dumb — get that Fulmer was a loser….Maybe by Tennessee standards but as for Kentucky,If he built a Kentucky program that won 7 to 9 games a season, he could run for Governer…and why did so many NFL players from the past want there kids to play for Tenessee? It was because they knew Fulmer was a great coach, not because they wanted them to wear those chicken —- orange jerseys. He had a record of 152wins 52 loses….Had a 5 and 7 record his last year and was fired…He would have been called a hero at Kentucky!



  84. markp
    9:14 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Mike Leach, Brent Pease, Sonny Dykes, or Kirby Smart



  85. Big Phil Fan
    9:33 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    How can people act like Fulmer would be such a bad hire? The guy has won big in the SEC and knows the south well. Let me say his record again 152~52, folks that’s playing a top 20 schedule every season, so just IMO he’s a great person to interview. Make no mistake this is not Houston Nutt, or David Cutcliffe, this is a National Championship coach, we could do much, much worse.



  86. BigBlue
    9:42 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer is not a reject at all. He is a dam good coach.



  87. TheKYdude
    9:42 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Fulmer to KY = Tubby to Minnesota.



  88. Bob
    10:31 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    To all the folks saying you wouldn’t accept Fulmer as the coach, I understand. Each of you deserves to have that opinion and should go ahead and move that national championship trophy from your mantle. Oh you don’t have a national championship trophy? Well I guess you should go ahead and shut the *!ck up.



  89. Bob
    10:32 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    we don’t need Fulmer, don’t you know Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Bill Parcells and Sean Payton are all arguing over who gets to come to Kentucky and coach football?



  90. Ky AD
    10:40 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    Phillip Fulmer to be head coach and Ron zook as def coord. No off coord named yet



  91. Jch
    11:07 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    #90, don’t be stupid, John Gruden is already looking at houses in Lexington, the search is over!!!

    😉



  92. Jch
    11:09 pm November 5, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like Fulmer, and for whoever made the Krispy Kreme comment, remember where Cal was known to hangout in Memphis? That turned out OK didn’t it?!?



  93. calfan2
    12:23 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    I say Bobby P. …and keep all the players away from him except during practice and during games. Don’t let him give personal advice to anyone, just coach football. Period.



  94. Cat Fan in Gainesville
    1:13 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Phil Fulmer wanted the UL job when Tom Jurich hired Charlie Strong. Can only hope Mitch does the same thing that the Cards did and pass on him.



  95. Clem Kadiddlehopper
    1:56 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    If we can’t get Bobby Petrino, I’d just as soon take Phil as anyone. He’s a very solid coach and would do well here. He would also be able to bring in some really good assistants, help identify and get boosters involved and tremendously improve recruiting.



  96. Fat Bald Guy
    4:27 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    When Fulmer’s name was first mentioned my intial response was, oh hell no. I was inclinded to jump on a young coach or hot shot coordinator. However, after giving it some thought, experience may not be a bad thing at this point. Let’s face it, UK football is a dumpster fire. I don’t know if someone with no head coaching experience or limited experience is what we need right now. We need stability and a foundation to build upon. Someone like Fulmer (or Tuberville) knows what it takes to run a program. Fulmer isn’t that old and is probably completely recharged after being out for a few years. I truly believe he could get the program righted and make the job much more appealing to a legitimate big name coach in a few years. Is someone like Fulmer gonna take UK to national championships…highly unlikely however, Kentucky is not gonna become a national powerhouse overnight, regardless of who the coach is (barring Nick Saban walking through the door and that ain’t happening). Would Fulmer be my first choice? Of course not. But, the idea of a team that can go out each week and compete and probably make a bowl game yearly is a starting point. And, at this point, it’s all about starting over, like it or not.



  97. BobbyPsNeckBrace
    8:22 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    #96 Hire the Fat Guy and change My Old Ky Home to Rocky Top…I ain’t coming to that coaching graveyard.
    Besides, REAL SEC teams are calling me 24/7/365. Just ask my girlfriend.



  98. Rob
    9:08 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    He was 152-52 as head coach at Tennessee from 1992-2008. He went to bowl games 15 times with a national championship. For the record, he continued winning after Cutcliffe left in 98.

    He will not have the same success here, but if he were a coach by any other name, or had not coached at UT, people would love him here. If they can’t get Dykes, Smart or Ryan, get Fulmer with a great cast of people to surround him.



  99. wsmith
    9:41 am November 6, 2012 Permalink

    Must I remind you who the OC was at Tenn. He sure didn’t have any luck here and you want to put in that job again? We need someone like Dan Mullen (Miss St), James Franklin (Vandy), or a Charlie Strong (UL) not some grandfather like Fulmer.