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White House honors Tennessee NCAA football champs
WAP99081707 - 17 AUGUST 1999 - WASHINGTON, D.C., USA: President Clinton receives a jersey during a ceremony honoring the Tennessee Volunteers (Vols) football team, August 17, at the White House. The Vols won the NCAA Division One title by defeating Florida State 23-16 for a perfect record in 1998. From left are President Clinton, Captain Tee Martin, Head Coach Phillip Fulmer, Vice President Al Gore and Captain Mercedes Hamilton. iw/Ian Wagreich UPI
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Phillip Fulmer (born September 1, 1950) is the former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football team, who compiled a 152-52 record from 1992-2008 as head coach, but was fired following a 5-7 season in 2008. He is best known for coaching the Volunteers in the first ever BCS National Championship Game in 1998, defeating Florida State University. Fulmer was the school's 20th head football coach.

Fulmer was born in Winchester, Tennessee where he attended Franklin County High School. Fulmer enrolled at the University of Tennessee as a student in 1968. He promptly joined the football team as an offensive guard. Fulmer helped Tennessee to a 30–5 record from 1969–71, where he played for coaches Doug Dickey (who returned to UT as athletic director and hired Fulmer as the Volunteers' coach) and Bill Battle. The Volunteers captured the SEC championship with a 9–2 record in 1969, went 11–1 and won the Sugar Bowl in 1970, and finished as Liberty Bowl champions with a 10–2 record in 1971.

Fulmer served as linebacker coach and defensive coordinator for the Vols freshman team in 1973 before moving to Wichita State University the following season. He spent five years at Wichita State, where he coached the offensive line in 1974 and 1977-78 and served as linebacker coach in 1975-76. He followed those years with a one-season stint at Vanderbilt, serving as an aide to Commodores head coach George MacIntyre.

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