Fulmer helps restart football at East Tenn. State

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer is returning to college football to help restart the program at East Tennessee State.

Fulmer, 62, will serve as a consultant and special assistant to athletic director Richard Sander as East Tennessee State relaunches a football program it had shut down for financial reasons in 2003. The recent College Football Hall of Fame inductee doesn't expect to coach the new team, which could begin playing at the Football Championship Subdivision level as soon as 2015.

"I never say never on anything, (but) it's not likely," Fulmer said Tuesday after a news conference announcing East Tennessee State's plans to bring back football. "Nobody expects that, that I've talked to within the administration.