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Vols hungry for first SEC title since '98

Tennessee moved closer to returning to SEC contender status last season, but can the Vols take the next step?

Updated: March 6, 2007, 4:35 PM ET
By Chris Low | Special to ESPN.com

A funny thing happened Thursday about the time Tennessee's football team was wrapping up one of its spring practices.

Rest assured, though, that Phillip Fulmer wasn't laughing.

Earlier that afternoon, Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton had gone on a radio sports talk show in Knoxville and revealed that Fulmer wouldn't be getting a raise for a second straight year, although he would be receiving a two-year contract extension.

It wasn't a huge surprise, especially when you ...

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