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Phillip Fulmer visits Chattanooga, speaks at Baylor School

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A national championship football coach was in town Monday speaking with a local school.

Phillip Fulmer stepped away from the public spotlight after he was fired in 2008 as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. But he was back in it Monday delivering a chapel talk at Baylor School.

After speaking for 30 minutes to the Baylor crowd, Fulmer talked with Channel 3 about a variety of topics including Lane Kiffin, Butch Jones and the Baylor-McCallie game Friday night.

It's been five seasons since Fulmer was fired and replaced by Lane Kiffin. After one season with the Vols, Kiffin suddenly jumped ship for a job at the University of Southern California. The athletic director fired Kiffin just this past weekend.

"It's a business," he said. "A big business. I'm sure there was some frustration there. That's all I can tell you."

Fulmer, who hasn't coached a game since 2008, has intentionally kept a low profile since his final season with the Vols. But last week attended his first practice since 2008 at the invite of head coach Butch Jones.

"It felt like it was time to do that," he said. "It was good for me, it was good for the university, it was good for my family and it was to support. And to show my support."

"I like the fact that Butch is not making a big deal of building a tradition but getting a tradition back," he said.

The former coach is still living in Knoxville working with a former player at an investment firm and helping out in the athletic department at East Tennessee State.

But he's also a motivational speaker and his visit to Baylor comes the Monday before the highly-anticipated game with cross-town rival McCallie.

"Obviously this is a big week with the McCallie game coming up and just to follow up on that with anything that might help them the same way someone would do for me when I was their age to maybe make a point with me. So it was fun. It was a fun morning," he said.

Fulmer chose not to give a prediction on the game.

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