Hall of Fame coach Phillip Fulmer to serve as Tennessee athletic director

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Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer has taken over as the school’s athletic director as it seeks a new football coach to stabilize a program thrown into tumult by a challenging search.

Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport announced Fulmer’s appointment Friday. Sources told ESPN that Fulmer will get a two-year contract.

Tennessee turned to Fulmer, a Hall of Fame coach, after removing John Currie from the AD role earlier Friday. The Volunteers placed Currie on paid leave after a meeting between him and school officials, including Davenport.

The chancellor said at a news conference that Fulmer will be Tennessee’s athletic director “for the foreseeable future” and “take the reins of our search.” In the meantime, the school is investigating whether it can fire Currie for cause.

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Article source: http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/21632153/tennessee-volunteers-turn-phillip-fulmer-serve-athletic-director

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