Fulmer taking cautious approach with sports gambling

In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Tennessee's athletic director Phillip Fulmer watches during the first day of spring NCAA college football practice, in Knoxville, Tenn.

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer is taking a wait-and-see approach to evaluating the impact legalized sports betting could have on his athletic department.

"Right now, we're looking at it and kind of see what, if any, consequences it has to college football as we go along," Fulmer said Thursday night at the Big Orange Caravan event in Nashville.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on sports betting earlier this week, opening the door for states to make their own laws that could legalize sports betting. One Tennessee state senator, Collierville Republican Brian Kelsey, already has indicated his intent to introduce legislation that would make sports gambling legal in the state.

Kelsey suggested in a Twitter post that his legislation would funnel state proceeds from sports betting to K-12 education.

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