Tennessee coaching search to go nationwide

November 4, 2008

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- It's almost a foreign concept at Tennessee to have a nationwide search for a head football coach.

Now that coach Phillip Fulmer has announced he's stepping down at the university's request at the end of this season, it's reality for Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton. And Hamilton wrote in an e-mail late Monday night that the school is starting a national search immediately.

Hamilton said Tennessee has a great university, world-class student-athletes, a tremendous fan base and first-class facilities.

He said this means Tennessee will attract some of the nation's best candidates.

Hamilton said a new coach will be introduced over the next several weeks.

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