UTM mentor Simpson
up for national honor
UT Martin head football coach Jason Simpson is a candidate for the national Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year honor.
At the conclusion of the 2008 college football season, Liberty Mutual will honor a coach from each division of college football who demonstrates responsibility and excellence on and off the field.
In addition to being named the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Liberty Mutual will make a $50,000 donation to the civic and charitable activities of the winning coach and an additional $20,000 donation to the alumni association of the winning coach’s school.
Online fan voting is a critical component of the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year selection and it began last week at www.coachoftheyear.com.
Fans are allowed to vote once a day for the remainder of the football season.
After fan online voting concludes, and votes are collected from select members of the College Football Hall of Fame and national media outlets, a winner will be determined.
Fulmer’s mouth shut
in Alabama lawsuit
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will not have to give a deposition in a lawsuit involving a former Alabama booster next week, according to a court order.
Fulmer was issued a subpoena on July 24 during the Southeastern Conference’s media day to give testimony for Wendell Smith’s lawsuit against the NCAA stemming from a decade-old Alabama recruiting scandal.
Fulmer was ordered to give a deposition on next Thursday, two days before the Vols play at Auburn, but attorneys for Fulmer and Smith agreed that he would not be required to testify then.
Smith’s attorneys must ask that the court hold a hearing on that motion in Jackson County, Ala., Circuit Court if they want Fulmer to eventually give a deposition.
Smith sued the NCAA in 2003, alleging defamation and invasion of privacy that hurt his reputation and his career.
The NCAA placed Alabama on probation in February 2001 for recruiting violations, including allegations that Smith, a Chattanooga businessman, provided $20,000, lodging and entertainment as an inducement to prospect Kenny Smith.
The Smiths are not related.
Fulmer and some of his staff spoke with an NCAA investigator in 2000 about various Alabama recruits and the belief that some boosters were buying top recruits.