Archive for October 31st, 2005

Tennessean: Fulmer and Sanders in Discussions about Sanders’ Future

Monday, October 31st, 2005

The Tennesseean is citing a source within the Tennessee Volunteer football program as saying that Head Coach Phillip Fulmer and Offensive Coordinator Randy Sanders have had ongoing discussions about Sanders’ future with the Volunteers.

With Tennessee’s offense in its worst funk of the Phillip Fulmer era, Randy Sanders could be on his way out as offensive coordinator.

A source within the UT football program told The Tennessean yesterday that Fulmer and Sanders have had ongoing discussions centering around Sanders giving up his coordinator duties.

The source emphasized that nothing had been finalized, and it was unclear whether Sanders would step aside immediately or finish out the season.

Sanders first spoke to Fulmer late Saturday about the possibility of resigning following Tennessee’s 16-15 loss to South Carolina. They talked again yesterday.

Everyone’s talking about the fact that former offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe, who developed both Peyton and Eli Manning, is back healthy and living in Knoxville. He’s said, though, that he will not return to the Vols at the expense of Randy Sanders, with whom he is good friends. I’ve wondered for a couple of weeks whether Athletic Director Mike Hamilton might be working quietly behind the scenes to coordinate a graceful exit for Sanders that would make Cutcliffe feel more comfortable about returning. It sounds like it might be happening.

More later.

John Adams: Tennessee Volunteers the Top 3-4 Team in the Country

Monday, October 31st, 2005

John Adams ranks the best 3-4 teams in the nation:

After a last-minute loss to the University of Alabama last week, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said the Vols were the best 3-3 team in the country. So, one loss later, you’re probably thinking: Are the Vols the best 3-4 team in the country?

With that in mind, I give you my first Top 3-4 Poll:

According to Adams, the Volunteers lead North Carolina, North Carolina State, Alabama-Birmingham, and Louisiana-Monroe.

All in fun.