When Philip Fulmer showed up in Birmingham for the SEC media days, he wasn’t expecting a warm welcome from the Alabama faithful. But there also was something else he wasn’t expecting to receive - a subpoena.
The ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION reports that the Tennessee football coach was served the document when he arrived at his hotel Thursday morning. The subpoena is from Alabama booster Wendell Smith, who’s suing the NCAA over their investigations of the Tide’s football program.
Originally, Fulmer denied receiving such paperwork. But later in the day, he did say he received something, but wasn’t in the mood to discuss it:
“I have not looked at it. This is not the place for this thing of thing,” Fulmer said. “The fans of the Southeastern Conference are passionate about their sport and they are not interested in this kind of BS.”
Fans of the 11 SEC schools not named the Volunteers certainly are.
Smith’s lawsuit accuses Fulmer of being an informant who tipped the NCAA off to Alabama’s violations. The subpoena calls for the coach to give a deposition in the case on September 25 - coincidentally two days before Tennessee travels to face Auburn.
After going at it with the Gators the weekend before, Phil might not have much left to say.