The legendary coach could be back in a prominent role.
ESPN's Chris Low is reporting that former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer has emerged as a "prime candidate" for the Volunteers' athletic director position.
The 66-year-old former coach led Tennessee's football program from 1992-2008. He was previously an assistant at the school and a player.
Fulmer is apparently very much interested in the job.
From The Tennessean:
When asked on the local radio show "Jared & The GM" earlier this week what he thought about listeners who called in saying he should be the Vols AD, Fulmer said, "I think they're pretty smart."
Fulmer has kept close tabs on the Vols athletic program since learning last summer that Hart, who was hired in 2011, was leaving.
"We're at a unique time at Tennessee in our history," Fulmer said. "We've been through some really tough issues. Butch has done a great job with the football team. I love Rick Barnes and watching his kids play basketball. Talent-wise he hasn't had time to get it to where he wants it to be, but they play so hard and they're fun to watch. And I've known Hollysince she was a kid."
Fulmer 152-52 as Tennessee's head coach, leading the Vols to a national championship in 1997 and '98.