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Fullmer to help East Tennessee relaunch football

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Hall of Fame coach Phil Fulmer is returning to college football --- at East Tennessee State.

The former Tennessee coach, who led the Vols to a 152-52 record from 1992 to 2008 and a national championship in 1998, will become a consultant and special assistant to East Tennesse athletic director Richard Sander.

The school is resurrecting its football program, which it discontinued in 2003 because of financial concerns.

"When you have a chance to use the knowledge and skill of a Hall of Fame coach who has won a national championship and is revered as one of the truly great coaches in college football, you have to jump on that opportunity," Sander said. "Phil Fulmer will make a huge contribution to the success of ETSU football."

Fulmer emphasized that he's not becoming the school's coach but merely helping get the program off the ground. The university is aiming to field a team again in the fall of 2015.

A $125 student fee increase will help fund the football program, which went 342-403-26 from 1920 to 2003.
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