The star players came and went during those six years. The constant was the FCC – Fulmer, Cutcliffe, Chavis. That would be head coach Phillip Fulmer, offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe and defensive coordinator John Chavis.
Now, after a seven-year stretch which produced zero SEC titles, zero national titles and an average of 8.7 victories per season, the FCC is together again. Tennessee fans can only hope Fulmer, Cutcliffe and Chavis team up as successfully as they did between '93 and ‘98.
"It was a great team at one time," Fulmer said recently. "I'm excited to have that team put back together, with each of us having our opportunities to excel in different areas."
Coming off a 5-6 disaster in 2005, Tennessee is no longer seen as an elite program. But that hasn't changed Fulmer's expectations for 2006.
"We expect to be good," he said. "Our goals don't change, as far as winning championships. We're going to work like heck to be as good as we can be. Our goal hasn't changed to compete for championships."