Feb. 10, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- On Monday, the Tennessee General Assembly honored former Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer for his 2012, first-ballot induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The General Assembly gathered Monday afternoon to read the proclamation. House Joint Resolution 129 is the official name of the proclamation and was sponsored by Pat Marsh of Shelbyville. In the proclamation, Vicky Fulmer was also honored for her contributions to Tennessee as well.
Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He finished his 16-year tenure (1993-2008) as the head coach of the Vols with a 152-52 record (.745), including a 98-34 mark in SEC play (.742). He left UT with the highest current winning percentage in major college football with at least 10 years of experience.
The highlight of Fulmer's tenure was in 1998, when the Vols won the first BCS Championship Game with a 23-16 victory over Florida State, culminating a 13-0 national championship year for Tennessee. Fulmer was a near-unanimous selection as the national coach of the year that season, which was part of a four-year run from 1995-98 that saw the Vols post a 45-5 record in SEC play. Tennessee also won consecutive SEC titles from 1997-98.