Fulmer did not object to coaches getting one challenge, even though Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson said it was ludicrous because each played is reviewed anyway.
``It's probably a good thing, as it turns out,'' Fulmer said of the coaches' challenge. ``They've got all this equipment now and we're paying for that, and you'd think most of the time they'd get it right. But to have one more check system is probably a good thing.''
FULMER WOULDN'T OPPOSE 9 SEC GAMES
With the advent of the 12th regular season game, the Pac-10 will play a true round robin, with each conference team playing nine league games.
The Big 12 talked about adding a ninth game but didn't approve it.
How would Fulmer feel about a ninth SEC game?
``I have mixed feelings,'' he said. ``If you stay within the conference, you're going to play a tougher schedule because most of the teams in our conference are better than most teams we'd play outside the conference.
``From the athletic director's standpoint, which is exactly why the Pac-10 did it, they're having a hard time finding mid-major teams to play. They're having to pay an exorbitant amount of money to come to your campus and they're wanting you to return games. I don't think Tennessee wants to play at Louisiana Tech.''
Fulmer said if that trend continues, ``athletic directors will say, `Let's just play one more game in the conference and make it cleaner and cheaper and more profitable.''
Fulmer said it wouldn't ``bother me'' to play a ninth league game. ``Honestly, you'd probably get a better indication of who the real champion is.''
OPENER NO CAREER-BREAKER, FULMER SAYS
Fulmer dismisses the thought that the California game is the most important opener of his career.
``I don't know one that hasn't been important,'' Fulmer said. ``Obviously, we want to get the season off on a great track and bounce back from all we went through last year. From that standpoint for this football team, it's very important.
``I don't want to take lightly for me that it's very important because it is. But is it a career maker or breaker? No, I don't think that.''