University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021

Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

Now he has the contract to back it up.

Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport announced Thursday that Fulmer has signed a contract that runs through Dec. 31, 2021. The move comes less than five months after Fulmer took over as athletic director amid a tumultuous football coaching search.

"To me, the stability we're trying to build and the timeliness of everything, it would have been really hard to do in just a couple of years," Fulmer said.

Fulmer will receive $300,000 in annual base compensation plus $600,000...