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Coach Phil Fulmer to help launch ETSU's football program

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These ETSU helmets were on display at Tuesday's press conference. These ETSU helmets were on display at Tuesday's press conference.
Phil Fulmer was spotted walking on ETSU's campus ahead of Tuesday's press conference. Phil Fulmer was spotted walking on ETSU's campus ahead of Tuesday's press conference.
JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Former University of Tennessee football coach Phil Fulmer will be an adviser for the East Tennessee State University's newly restored football program. His partnership with ETSU was announced Tuesday afternoon in a press conference at the school's D.P. Culp University Center. 

"I'll be whatever they need me to be," Fulmer said before leaving the podium. 

Last month, Fulmer was in Johnson City discussing the future of football with the school's athletic director, Dr. Richard Sander. 

University spokesman Joe Smith said the visit was informal and the result of an earlier offer by Fulmer to help ETSU as it pursues the return of football.   

Fulmer was Head Football Coach of the University of Tennessee Football Team from 1992 to 2008 when UT fired him.

When asked about the search for a future ETSU football coach, "We need to find the right guy to lead the program," said Fulmer. He also told News Channel 11 no coaching candidates have been interviewed yet.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland commented, "Today's a day I will remember for the rest of my life."

ETSU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Richard Sander said the former UT coach will join the Buccaneer program to facilitate planning and help launch the institution's new gridiron team.

Fulmer's official title with ETSU football will be Special Assistant to the Athletic Director for Football. He's expected to receive $30,000 for this role over the next 4 months. 

To help with the team's rebirth former ETSU football player and local businessman Steve Grindstaff committed a $50,000 gift for the program. 

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