KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Phillip Fulmer will not be returning for an 18th season with Tennessee, according to multiple reports Monday.
ESPN.com cited multiple sources that Fulmer met with Tennessee officials Monday morning where they agreed it would be best if the coach did not stay on the job after this season. The report says an announcement will be made later Monday. The Tennessean also reported Fulmer would announce he would step down.
Athletic director Mike Hamilton and other Tennessee officials did not immediately return voicemails left by The Associated Press. Fulmer's agent, Jimmy Sexton, did not immediately return a page left on his cell phone.
Athletic department officials familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that an announcement was being readied for late afternoon. The official declined to be quoted by name because nothing official has been announced and also would not discuss what the announcement would be.
winning the league's Eastern Division title last season.

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