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No Deposition For Fulmer

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Posted Sep 18, 2008


Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer will not appear in the state of Alabama next week for a witness deposition.

By: BE Coleman

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer will not appear in the state of Alabama next week for a witness deposition. A former Alabama booster and a law office in the state won’t see Fulmer according to court documents.

Fulmer was slipped a subpoena while signing autographs with fans on July 24th at SEC media days upon arrival. Fulmer said, "it was all crap, and we beat them then and we will beat them again," in reference to the attempt to blindside the Vols coach.

The original deposition was dated for an appearance by Fulmer two days before Tennessee plays Auburn. Fulmer's personal attorney - Jeff Hagood said they, "have filed a motion to quash any deposition."

The boosters attorney will now have to ask a judge in Jackson County to hold a hearing for a motion if they want Fulmer to appear in the future.

The case is dated back to 2003 when the booster sued the NCAA on the grounds of defamation after he and several Crimson Tide boosters were given their walking papers in Tuscaloosa.

The booster, a used car dealer in Chattanooga Tennessee had given $20K dollars among other items to a player that ended up playing in Knoxville and not for Alabama.

Either way, the booster nor the Alabama press will try to play the case in the media using the press as happened in July. "It is sad," noted Fulmer of the entire scenario after leaving Birmingham on the 24th to attend one of the schools booster functions in Nashville.

How It Happened

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) on it and handed it to Bud Ford – UT SID for the University and answered some questions.

“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.” - Head Coach Phillip Fulmer.

The End Result

Everyone in the college nation knows full well that Fulmer has owned the Crimson Tide since taking over as head coach at Tennessee. The in state media showed exactly why his 10-4 coaching record versus Alabama has seen a record seven straight wins that set an Alabama record is meaningful.

There will be no court appearance; there will be no distractions next week when the Volunteers meet Auburn on the Plains.


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