Phillip Fulmer has found a way to distract himself.
The former University of Tennessee player and long-time football coach probably won’t ever distance himself from that program.
It has been six years since Fulmer last coached the Volunteers and, he recently told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that not a day passes when he does not think about it his school and his former job.
"I almost try to block it out," Fulmer said. "But I miss it every day. Just not as much as I used to."
These days Fulmer is a consultant with East Tennessee State, which is in the process of resurrecting its football program that has been shuttered since 2003. ETSU will resume play in 2015.
He also recently had both his knees replaced.
UT has been to just two bowl games in the last six seasons, a streak of futility that started in 2008, Fulmer’s final season, when the Volunteers went 5-7.
Despite Fulmer’s efforts to keep his mind on other things, he said he thinks the program is in good hands with current coach Butch Jones.
“Butch has the right attitude and approach,” he said. “Now he still has to win, but he's doing things the right way.”
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