Fulmer says he's ready to help UT find new coach

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Phillip Fulmer wants to make it clear
that he's willing to help his alma mater. But he isn't looking to
replace his successor at Tennessee.

Fulmer issued a statement Thursday because he has been deluged
with calls.

The man who was 152-52 in 17 seasons at Tennessee did not refer
to Lane Kiffin's abrupt resignation. He called "recent events"
painful and embarrassing.

Kiffin left Tennessee on Tuesday to become head coach at
Southern California, where he spent six seasons as an assistant

Fulmer says he's ready to help make "one of the most important
decisions" in the program's history. He also says the next coach
should embrace Tennessee traditions, be mature and have integrity.