BREAKING SPORTS NEWS – The University of Tennessee today (Friday, December 1, 2017) named Phillip Fulmer as the new athletic director for the school Chancellor Davenport made the announcement during a press conference this afternoon at 4 p.m. eastern time. Davenport said she regrets any hurt that the past few weeks that Vol fans have experienced in the actions of former athletic director John Currie. Currie was recalled back to Knoxville by Davenport yesterday while he was on the road searching for a new football head coach. With the addition of Fulmer as the new athletic director, he will also lead the search for a new head football coach. Fulmer served as head football coach of the Volunteers from 1992 to 2008, compiling a 152–52 record. He is best known for coaching Tennessee in the first ever BCS National Championship Game in 1998, defeating Florida State. 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, 21 behind Robert Neyland. Fulmer also was the third coach in Tennessee history to win a claimed national championship. His 1997 and 1998 teams won consecutive SEC championships. Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. On June 20, 2017, it was announced that Fulmer will serve as a special advisor to the University of Tennessee president. Fulmer had a reputation as an ace recruiter, leading many analysts to praise him as one of the game’s top head coach recruiters.