Every once in awhile, though, Fulmer shows a side fans never get to see … a humorous side that comes out only on rare occasions. Tuesday was one of those occasions.
As Fulmer's weekly news conference was drawing to a close, he fielded a final question from the assembled reporters. Elizabeth A. Davis of the Associated Press asked how important it is for a new coach to win a rivalry game early in his career.
Recognizing this, Fulmer responded with characteristic caution.
"I guess it'd be real important," he said. "Going back to my early days, it was a big deal. You're trying to put your stamp on a program. It seems to me that would be important."
Fulmer thanked his audience and headed for the door, grinning broadly as he delivered a parting shot:
"It's pretty important for an OLD coach to win it, too, though."