Dec. 28, 2012
ATLANTA -- Already inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year in a December ceremony, former University of Tennessee college football coach Phillip Fulmer will also be inducted into the Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to the Dec. 31 bowl game.
Fulmer, alongside four other distinguished men, will receive the honor.
Making up this year's class is corporate contributor Ron Allen, Fulmer, former executive director Robert Dale Morgan, retired Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips and former Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb.
Honorees will be inducted in an on-field ceremony prior to the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl featuring No. 8 LSU against No. 14 Clemson. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN at 7:30 pm ET.
"Throughout our 45-year history, we've been fortunate to host in our game some of the most accomplished players, coaches and administrators in all of college sports and this inductee class is a perfect example of that," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "This year's group is a cross-section of what is great about college sports and how to play it, coach it and manage it in a first-class manner."
A long-time believer in the Bowl, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Delta Air Lines Ron Allen headed a task force in 1986 to help grow the presence of the Bowl as an affiliate of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Along with his work for the task force, Allen also led Delta to become the Bowl's first corporate sponsor in 1986 - helping to secure the Bowl's financial stability for future success. Allen currently serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Atlanta-based Aaron's, Inc.
Fulmer coached at Tennessee for 17 years and became one of the winningest head coaches in school history. During his tenure, Fulmer compiled a 152-52 record and ranks fifth in all-time SEC victories with 98. In 1998, he led the Volunteers to a 13-0 season and National Championship title while being named National Coach of the Year. Under his leadership, the Volunteers went to 15 Bowl games, including 13 straight from 1992-2004. Tennessee appeared in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in back-to-back seasons facing Maryland in 2002 and Clemson in 2003.
Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are now 36 current members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White and Jim Kelly, and coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley and Lou Holtz.