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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...