• 45°

College Football: National Notebook

Associated Press
The national notebook …
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ó Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer considered retiring when he was on top of college football. Now his time with the Volunteers is winding down and his team is simply playing out the string.
Fulmer said he mulled retirement after the Vols’ 1998 national championship season and in 2001, when they nearly played for another national title.
“We played for the (SEC) championship five out of the last 11 years. So it isn’t like we just had reason to be looking to retire,” Fulmer told The Associated Press.
Fulmer’s being forced to leave his job after 17 years. This year, the Vols have lost seven games for only the second time in history. It’s only Fulmer’s second losing season, though both have come in the last four years.
But Fulmer he doesn’t regret the decision to stick around.
Fulmer was urged by his wife, Vicky, to quit after the ’98 season. He acknowledges that Vicky and his children, now grown, paid a huge price for the amount of work he’s put in as coach.
They talked about it again when the Vols were one game away from playing in the title game in ’01 after a 10-1 regular season, but lost in the SEC championship game and played in the Fiesta Bowl instead.
“If we’d won that championship game and played for (the national title) and maybe won it again, maybe you do it then. I had several chances to do other things at other places,” Fulmer said without specifying what those other opportunities were.
BIG 12
Three years after retiring, 69-year-old Bill Snyder has returned to Kansas State to replace his fired replacement.
“I was a lot more surprised when he retired than I was when I heard he was coming back,” Kansas coach Mark Mangino said.
When they visited a few weeks ago, Mangino said Snyder gave no indication that he would return to coaching. But K-State also hadn’t yet fired coach Ron Prince.
While expressing their respect for Snyder, Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said they couldn’t see themselves retiring and returning several years later.
“I told some of my staff, if I do that when I’m 69, I hope somebody comes and takes me out,” Pinkel said.
“Probably not,” Leach said. “But Bill Snyder is one of the most impressive coaches in the history of the game.”
PAC 10
It’s well understood that if Oregon State wins the Civil War against Oregon on Saturday, the Beavers will head to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1964 season.
It’s also clear that if Oregon State loses and USC beats UCLA next week, the Trojans will go to the Rose Bowl for the fourth straight year.
YALEYale football coach Jack Siedlecki announced he is retiring after 12 years and two Ivy League championships, but he’ll be staying at the university to become assistant athletic director.
Siedlecki was 70-47 and 47-37 in the conference during his tenure.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions

Lifestyle

High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Local

With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education

Business

Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021

Business

A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month

Local

Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair

Landis

Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month

Lifestyle

Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship

Nation/World

Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge

Nation/World

Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill

Nation/World

Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval

News

Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash

News

Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students

Local

PETA protesters gather in front of police department

Coronavirus

UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week

Crime

Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep

Crime

Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds