Phillip Fulmer joined the College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday. he was named to the 2012 class during a ceremony in new York by the National Football Foundation and becomes the 22nd former UT player or coach to earn enshrinement. Fulmer is the first Vol gaining entry into the College Football Hall of Fame since offensive guard Chip Kell in 2006.
Fulmer led the Vols to the very first BCS National Championship after the 1998 season, finishing 13-0 with a 23-16 victory over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl. the 1997 and 1998 Vols remain the last teams to repeat as SEC champions, and Fulmer coached Tennessee to seven SEC Eastern Division titles in 16 seasons.
Fulmer's won-lost record of 152-52 figures to a .744 winning percentage, and he left UT as the winningest coach in major college football with at least 10 years' experience. Joining Nebraska's Tom Osborne as the only two coaches to lead a team to a bowl game in each of their first 13 years of coaching, Fulmer led the Vols to a 98-41 record during his final 11 seasons, including four conference title games and one SEC championship and the 1998 BCS Championship.
Tennessee's four-year stretch from 1995-98 under Fulmer was one of the best in college football history — a 45-5 record from 1995-98 that culminated in the BCS title game win. For his efforts in that 1998 season, Fulmer was a near-unanimous pick as national coach of the year.
Fulmer led the Vols to 10 or more wins nine times and finished his career 44-37 against ranked teams.
Fulmer went 11-5 against his biggest rival, Alabama, and led the Vols to the SEC title game five times. Induction for this year's Hall of Fame takes place Dec. 4 at the 55th National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in new York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Other Tennessee inductees include: Gen. Robert R. Neyland, Reggie White and Johnny Majors.
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