Phillip Fulmer won't be coaching the Tennessee Volunteers in 2009. Expect the name of Duke's David Cutcliffe, a close friend and former longtime assistant under Fulmer, at the very least, to get mentioned as Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton starts looking for a replacement.
Here is the official statement Cutcliffe released on Monday:
"Obviously this is a very personal situation that happened today. Phillip Fulmer is one of the best friends I have in this world. I am saddened to see the end of a great era in college football. Not only is Phillip a great person, he is the best football coach I’ve ever been associated with. His work ethic, attention to detail and recruiting efforts were lessons for all of us who were fortunate enough to work alongside him. I wish Phillip and his family the best as they move forward."