Blog...Fulmer Says "It's All Crap!"

College Football News
Posted Jul 25, 2008

They are trying to use the press because they cant win legally - they are trying to play the game in the press."

By: BE Coleman

Phillip Fulmer did not mince any of his words when he got an opportunity to speak with the media at a Tennessee Alum Dinner in Nashville.

Fulmer repeated that he had "no idea" a subpoena was in a wad of papers shoved at him earlier in the day as he exited his vehicle at the SEC Media Days.

Fulmer said, "we barely got out of the car and was tossed a piece paper and I picked it up and handed it and some other things (autographs) to Bud Ford," UT SID and then acknowledged some fan questions.

On a day when rival division heavyweights Tennessee and Georgia were to give their pre season outlooks at the SEC media Days, a dark stain over shadowed the event in the end. "The issue is -- it's all crap," said an adamant Fulmer.

Fulmer laughingly said, "Maybe every time I go to Birmingham I should expect to get a subpoena!" The news service wires went wild within minutes of a leak that was sent to the media upon a subpoena being served to the coach.

"They are trying to use the press, to use a day very special for the SEC -- the players and the coaches and the group of people that have gathered together there - because they cant win legally they are trying to play the game in the press."

"I'm more than a little PO-ED about any part of that, it is sad that a publicity hunting lawyers in one of our sister states that want to keep open a chapter of the university – a sister university history that has long since been closed as far as I'm concerned will stay closed."

"It is an effort to distract our team – distract me. The last time this happened we went out and won the division with two freshman quarterbacks." We wont be distracted."

The intended distraction was well served and erases any thing the teams speaking at the podium on this day will remember. Nobody has any idea or very little upon what was said by the attending coaches today.

Fulmer said at his attendance during the Middle Tennessee function that, "this was much more an appropriate time to address it, and not down there. I was not trying to mislead anybody, I wasn't trying to hide anything," that he had never looked at anything.

"They have tried to hijack this day for their own publicity." Fulmer finished by saying this, "is that last time I'll say anything about it," before acknowledging that he would answer a few questions about the fiasco.

"We kicked their butts the last time and we will kick it again," said Fulmer. "There are great fans on both sides of this. It's sad for them."

"I'm a new granddaddy and I couldn't give a crap – about anything that happens in Alabama or any where else outside of Tennessee.

"It is such a sad situation – a sad group of people. I know I can lay my head at night and sleep well – I am just so sorry they have such a miserable life. To stoop to things like this. I better hush before I get into trouble," chuckled Fulmer.

Those in the know, have to fully wonder what another SEC Coach speaking tomorrow at the Media Days may be thinking right now?

It is also being reported that Greg Case, whose signature appears on the subpoena attachment, has told radio host Paul Finebaum that he had approached Fulmer's car in front of the hotel and placed the subpoena in Fulmer's lap as he was exiting the vehicle.

Case said it fell to the ground, and Fulmer picked it up. Just as Fulmer stated it had and was how the day began as he exited the car. The question is - did Case identify himself correctly unto Fulmer by chasing after the car like a fan?

Fulmer's assessment in his own judgment that this was maybe the only way they could attempt to bring discord unto the program has merit.

Many have the feeling that Fulmer's new contract and the longer contract extension may have been a reason this method was used at this exact time.

The college nation knows full well Fulmer owns the Crimson Tide since taking over as head coach at Tennessee. The 10-4 coaching record versus the Crimson Tide saw a record seven straight wins that set an Alabama school record.

The subpoena asks Fulmer to testify at a Wendell Smith Lawsuit Inquiry, who is suing the NCAA for defamation that was filed back in 2003.

Fulmer's attorney Jeff Hagood also knows a judge can abolish the motion and Fulmer would not have to testify.

Fulmer can also have a date reset request due to his work schedule and the timing.

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