After his Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a particularly ugly loss in 1976, the late John McKay…
Better safe than sorry
Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer is not one of these coaches. With the Vols facing a fourth-and-one at their own 45-yard line in the second quarter of Saturday night's game against Northern Illinois, many of the 80,000 or so fans in attendance assumed Fulmer would go for the first down. After all, that would make a statement to the visiting underdogs: "We're bigger and stronger, and you can't stop us." That's what Steve Spurrier would do. That's what Urban Meyer would do. That's what Nick Saban would do. And that's certainly what Les Miles would do. Heck, LSU's unpredictable head man probably would fake a dive play and have his quarterback throw for the end zone. Fulmer, however, is not Spurrier, Meyer, Saban or Miles. Turning a deaf ear to the thousands screaming "Go for it!" the Vol coach sent in punter Chad Cunningham. Many fans, upset by the conservative move, booed the decision. The paying customers may have been annoyed by the decision but they should not have been surprised by...
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