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Fulmer likes ETSU's football future, SoCon rivalry with UT Chattanooga

July 29th, 2014 2:33 pm by Mark Wiedmer, Times Free Press

Fulmer likes ETSU's football future, SoCon rivalry with UT Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA — You just don't coach football for 16 years at your alma mater, win a national championship and 70 percent of your games and not sometimes wish your stay had been longer.

So even though former University of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer was ostensibly in town Monday evening to address all those collegiate golfers participating at the Choo-Choo Invitational at Council Fire, he freely admitted that he still misses running the Volunteers program.

Especially on this week of all summer weeks, with high schoolers returning to pads and their collegiate counterparts about to return to the practice field, the scent of freshly cut grass and the sound of popping pads certain to awaken dormant feelings.

"I almost try to block it out," Fulmer said. "But I miss it every day. Just not as much as I used to."

Perhaps that's because he's still deeply involved with the sport as a paid consultant to East Tennessee State as the Buccaneers revive their football program and return to the Southern Conference.

Read more of Fulmer's comments on ETSU and UTC at the Times Free Press.

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