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Fulmer agrees to step aside as Vols coach at end of season

Updated: November 4, 2008, 12:44 PM ET
By Chris Low | ESPN.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Saying he would accept the university's decision, an emotional Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer confirmed Monday at a tension-filled news conference at Neyland Stadium that he would not return next season.

Fulmer, tearing up several different times and with many of his players openly glaring at Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton, made it clear that it wasn't his decision to step aside after 17 seasons at his alma mater.

"Many fans have been supportive. ...

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