Vols AD Phillip Fulmer sits down with Rick Russo

It's been a busy couple of weeks for Phillip Fulmer.

The Vols AD hired a new women's basketball coach. He kept UCLA at bay when they wanted Rick Barnes. And he sat down with our Rick Russo.

Fulmer is still known around Knoxville as "coach." He says he's settled in well to his new title as director of athletics after his first year on the job.

"I am settling into that role, and as I always say many times, I keep an excellent team around me," Fulmer said. "It really has been a lot of fun. Most days are a lot of fun. We've had some good things happen."

Fulmer was the head coach during Pat Summitt's time on Rocky Top. He told us that he understood the legacy and importance of that hire as he searched for Holly Warlick's replacement.

He's expecting big things from that program, led by new former Lady Vol Kellie Harper.

it really was an exhaustive search," he said. "And we took several of us. And just like the football search, we were going to get it right. We said we're going to go through the process and we're going to evaluate ourselves...I think we've got a great young coach."

That search wasn't the end of Fulmer's busy month. In fact, it was only the beginning.

"I thought we were kind of done..and bang. I was at the baseball game and this happens with Rick (Barnes)," he said.

Fulmer made sure Tennessee's basketball coach didn't leave for UCLA. And he was proud of the way the program, and the university, stepped up to make it happen.

"We showed the commitment. We didn't allow someone to come in and take an outstanding coach and a member of our community away," Fulmer said.

On April 26, Fulmer will be at Avalon Golf and Country Club for the 20th Annual Phillip Fulmer Golf Classic, benefiting the Boys and Girls Club.

A former Vol will also be in attendance as the tournament celebrates 20 years of helping the Knoxville community.

"CJ Fayton will be our legend," Fulmer said. "He actually works for me, so I can just go down the hall and take him with me. He'll do great. And it goes without saying what this does for the boys and girls club. We serve about 1400 kids and seven counties."