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EMAILS: Coaching fiasco led to Currie exit, Fulmer hire Documents show
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all of us, he has been specif-


ically helpful to me, provid-
Fulmer was willing
ing much needed guidance
and advice.”
Schiano, 51, had a success-
ful stint as Rutgers head
to be Vols coach
coach before taking a job BY AUSTIN BORNHEIM think he’d work for Cur-
in the NFL with the Tampa austinb@thedailytimes.com rie. This morning I asked
Bay Buccaneers, but what Phillip that question and
had fans unsettled was his KNOXVILLE — The he replied ‘all they would
connection to Penn State search for Tennessee’s have to do is ask.’ So,
during his time as an assis- football coach was long there’s another option for
tant from 1990-95. In 2016, and winding, full of well- you but probably not one
Schiano was implicated known candidates and up- Jim would go along with.
as a possible witness in and-comers. Thunder”
the Penn State child rape One surprising name to DiPietro replied that he
scandal involving Jerry San- surface, however, is former was, “surprised by Phillip’s
dusky. football coach and current interest in coaching again.”
As the situation played athletic director Phillip Thornton then told DiPi-
out on social media and Fulmer. Two days before etro that Fulmer, “was feel-
the deal became shaky the he was introduced at Ten- ing bad for the university
night of Nov. 26, Board of nessee’s athletic director that he loves,” and would
Trustees members looked replacing John Currie, Ful- only return to coaching if
for answers. mer expressed interest in it was at Tennessee.
George Cates asked, being the Vols coach again. “I understand. He’s a
“Done deal? Bad odor,” and According to Tennessee great and special man,”
that he received an “out- President Joe DiPietro’s DiPietro responded.
rage call” from “‘a booster THE ASSOCIATED PRESS phone records as part of Fulmer was 152-52 as Ten-
of over 25 years and top 900 THEN TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS head coach Greg Schiano watches during a game against the San documents obtained by nessee’s coach from 1992-
donor’ who says no more.” Francisco 49ers Dec. 15, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The Daily Times, Fulmer 2008. He won two SEC
Jubran responded, “No told prominent Tennes- titles and the 1998 nation-
contract signed yet.” supposed to be Christians Trustee member John Foy Raj. Thanks for what you see donor John “Thunder” al championship. He’s the
“Regarding the bad odor, who forgive and live in a expressed his concern with do and hopefully all will Thornton “all they would last coach to get Tennessee
it is so disappointing that country that believes that how the search was being be more cognizant of the have to do is ask” for him to the SEC championship
our fan base and our media people are innocent until handled. importance of this and the to become the Vols head game.
are wiling to condemn a proven guilty.” “What is troubling to best way to hand situations coach once again. Fulmer had been involved
man of being a criminal According to texts and me is that this is such an like this.” Thornton told DiPietro in the Tennessee coaching
even though he might be direct messages also part of incredibly high profile and Once the Schiano deal was in a text message on Nov. search for at least 24 hours
totally innocent,” Jubran the released documents, the that to not have a search dead, Currie’s search transi- 29 about a “long talk” he at that point, according to
added. “Check out the same day of Jubran’s email firm or others involved tioned to Oklahoma State’s had with former Alabama records.
investigation report. Greg exchange, Currie appeared is troublesome,” Foy said Mike Gundy to North Caro- athletic director Bill Battle Over the final days of
is not mentioned, he was to know that hiring Schiano in a 6:06 p.m. email. “It is lina State’s Dave Doeren to the day before. Currie’s tenure, Fulmer was
never interviewed by Louis might not go over well with even more troubling to Washington State’s Mike Thornton said that talk briefed about his predeces-
free, not a single lawsuit the Tennessee fan base. me that the athletic com- Leach before the athletic involved whether or not sor’s movements and dis-
from all the real victims “Gonna need some help on mittee members have not director was suspended Fulmer would return to cussions with candidates.
mentioned him nor did the Pr,” Currie wrote Nov. been involved. Why have from his duties during a coaching. Thornton’s mes- Fulmer even traveled to
any lawyer for the victims 26 during a text-message a committee if they are not meeting with Chancellor sage said he “doubted it.” Raleigh to meet Currie
request his deposition on exchange with USA TODAY involved? It is troubling also Beverly Davenport. But, Thornton’s talk with and Doeren for a meeting
any of the issues. columnist Dan Wolken. that our Athletic Director Currie and Tennessee Battle prompted him to ask on Nov. 29, the same day
“The only place you can “Our people are wacko.” has been on the job a short reached an “amicable res- Fulmer, and his message Thornton sent the mes-
find his name is in one tes- “I’ll help,” Wolken replied. period of time and for him olution” settlement of $2.5 to DiPietro references for- sage to DiPietro.
timony by McQueary who “Not sure they’ll listen. LOL. not to involved the commit- million Thursday. mer athletic director John Talks with Doeren broke
said that another assistant I know he’s a very good tee is not understandable. Phillip Fulmer then was Currie and booster Jimmy down, and Currie traveled
coach Bradley told him that coach and is about the right The UT Football Coach is handed the search and ath- Haslam. to Los Angeles to meet
Greg came into his office stuff.” a state wide position that letic director duties on Dec. “Bill, Phillip and I hunt with Washington State
white faced, but then we On Nov. 27, the univer- is watched and the politics 1. Jeremy Pruitt was hired as and fish a good bit togeth- coach Mike Leach.
found another testimony sity released a statement of this is so sensitive and Tennessee’s football coach er,” Thornton wrote to DiP- Davenport summoned
from bradley saying that he addressing the Schiano should be something that on Dec. 7. ietro. “We talked about Currie back to Knoxville
never told such a story to debacle and said that the folks who have been around Bama’s loss Saturday and on Nov. 30. Currie was
McQueary,” Jubran wrote. coaching search would con- the state for years and know FOLLOW @ABORNHEIM on our search. Bill asked me suspended with pay the
“I just have that we are tinue under the direction some of the politics should Twitter for more from sports if Phillip would consider next day and Fulmer was
ruining someone reputa- of Currie. have been involved. editor Austin Bornheim. Write coaching UT. I told him I installed as athletic direc-
tion unfairly. we (sic) are Later that day, Board of “Joe please share this with to him at austinb@thedaily doubted it because I didn’t tor.

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