Former Tennessee football star Albert Haynesworth is not happy at his alma mater’s choice of new athletic director.
Yesterday, the Vols named Kansas State’s John Currie to replace the retiring Dave Hart as UT’s athletic director. While Currie certainly has a strong resume at KSU, Haynesworth preferred former Vols football coach Phillip Fulmer.
The 66-year-old Fulmer coached on Rocky Top from 1992-2008, compiling a record of 152-52 and winning a national title in 1998. He had been mentioned as a potential candidate for the gig.
An angry Haynesworth tweeted “WAKE UP UT LEADERS!!!!! Since you unjustly fired him UT Athletics hasn’t done a damn thing except for the late great Pat Summit’s era!!!” He included a screenshot of a longer message which red in part that Fulmer “bleeds orange but after this new AD hire it should make his blood boil RED!!!”
WAKE UP UT LEADERS!!!!! Since you unjustly fired him UT Athletics hasn't done a damn thing except for the late great Pat Summit's era!!! pic.twitter.com/GbuTbTaC4g
— Albert Haynesworth (@haynesworthiii) March 1, 2017
While Fulmer’s performance began to slip in his final four seasons at UT, the Vols haven’t won an SEC East title since he left. The last division crown came in 2007, Fulmer’s second-to-last season as head coach.
Haynesworth might be the most vocal person upset at Fulmer not being hired, but he probably isn’t the only one.