Cutcliffe to rejoin UT?

Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer hasn't contacted David Cutcliffe about Notre Dame's terminology or tendencies. Nor has he contacted his good friend about the Vols' offensive coordinator vacancy … yet.

Shortly after he was fired as head coach at Ole Miss last winter, Cutcliffe was hired as an assistant at Notre Dame. He stepped down in a matter of months, however, for health reasons. Although Cutcliffe was on staff long enough to learn some of the inner workings of the Irish offense, Fulmer has not tried to pick his brain for tips that might help UT in Saturday's game at South Bend.

"I don't think that's fair to David," Fulmer said. "I can look on tape and see their personnel and schemes. There's so much tape out there anymore that there's not a whole bunch of secrets."

Even before Randy Sanders resigned Monday as Tennessee's offensive coordinator there was speculation that Cutcliffe, who held the post from 1993 through 1998, would return to the coordinator role in 2006. Fulmer said he has not yet contacted Cutcliffe about the vacancy, although he made clear that he plans to do so.

"At the appropriate time, when I have time to think through it, David will certainly be one of the persons I'll talk to," Fulmer said. "But I think there's a number of people out there (worth considering). Tennessee deserves to have the very best that we can.

"I will say this: There seems to be a lot of interest from a lot of places."

Fulmer said he hopes to find a coordinator who "fits in from a philosophical standpoint and, hopefully, has a successful background, some toughness and discipline in some areas that we feel like we need to improve in."

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