Monday, July 7, 2008

How Good is Good?

As the old saying goes...the devil is in the details. In reviewing Phil Fulmer's new contract extension with UT, we find that an 8 win season results in an automatic extension of one year. The contract also has handsome bonuses for SEC and National Championships, which is great...but an automatic extension for 8 wins? Any 8 wins? Not 8 wins, including Alabama and Florida? The rationale behind the 8 wins is that the 8-4 season is relevant to UT's all-time winning percentage. Now I'm not suggesting that 8-4 should get you canned...but an extension? Most UT fans I talk to tell me 8-4 would result in turning up the wick in the seat warmer, not add years to the current deal. Phil Fulmer will go down as one of the legendary coaches in UT and college football.
Mike Hamilton said, "In my opinion, there aren't going to be a lot of Joe Paternos and Bobby Bowdens in the future of college football." The question is, does his overall record in general and his record in the last 6-8 years in particular put him in the Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno club of guys who basically will call there own shot on when they retire. For UT fans, the hope is that the 8-4 scenario is not one that has to be discussed...

3 comments:

spark MAN said...

I think it is GREAT! Fulmer should hang around at least 20 more years.

dannyt36553 said...

Fulmer’s new contract is just a sign of the times. America has become a society that rewards mediocrity. This question begs to be asked, Does UT thinks that Philly Bag-O-Doughnuts is the best coach who will take their job or have they lost their desire to compete for SEC and National Championships?

Vanderbilt Vince said...

Bama Fans don't want anything to do with Fulmer. That guy changed that rivalry entirely. Flipped the script.

Everyone loves to take sports topics & compare them to American society at large. Kinda funny.

Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida among others would have loved to have been playing for the SEC Title in Dec.