No, I’m not ignoring the biggest Tennessee Volunteers story since 1998…

I simply cannot decide what it is that I really want to say.

I suppose I have really fallen short of being “on top” of things as a so-called sports blogger by not posting anything of substance (other than a message via the header here at the Gate) regarding the departure of Tennessee Volunteers’ head football coach Phillip Fulmer (whom I affectionately—and without any insult intended—refer to as “the Great Punkin”).  the problem for me over the last few days has been that I simply am not quite sure what I want to say, or even what I think about Fulmer’s departure.

I suppose, on one hand, I have been simply sitting back watching all of the hullabaloo play out—perhaps to see where the chips land.  On the other hand, I think I have also been too transfixed by the drama—both official and unofficial—that has attended Fulmer’s resignation.  I suppose I have also been a little too willing to stand on the words of others, including VolzRChamps and the upcoming post from HSH.  Finally, having seen players, members of the media, and common fans lash out both in support and opposition to Mike Hamilton’s decision to ask Fulmer to resign, I suppose I have been a bit overly cautious in publicly expressing my thoughts on the situation—mainly for fear of regretting what I might say due to emotion or a knee-jerk reaction.

Still, at some point I guess—if I take Gate 21 seriously—I have to comment in some form or fashion…

I guess I am just tired of all of the negativity, tired of all of the complaining, tired of all of the unrest in the Orange Nation.  I love the Vols, have been a season ticket holder for nearly a decade, and  spend more time on issues pertaining to Tennessee athletics than I care to admit.  Still, I’m just very, very, tired after all that has transpired this football season.  Of course, I am sure that Coach Fulmer is far more tired than I am.

I have a morass of perspectives bottled up in my head that I want to express, but—just as Coach Fulmer was not probably not ready for it to end—I’m just not there yet.

This change, is a big deal for the Tennessee Volunteers and their fans, and I simply do not want to just fire off some random thoughts (with no slight intended to those who have done so).

I suppose I am now making excuses for my excuses…

At any rate, my goal is to finally get my mind around my perspectives on the resignation of Coach Fulmer, the future of the program, and who it is that should take the helm.  I have started an article on 4 different occasions, but each time I’ve deleted it.

Sometimes, you just don’t have it in you to re-visit the firestorm from which you just emerged.  Sometimes, you just want a little good news…

I’m hoping that Bruce Pearl and Pat Summitt can provide us with some of that—and soon.

-- Go Figure …Email lawvol


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