Former Tennessee football coach and athletic director Phillip Fulmer has been hospitalized after an undisclosed procedure, his family said Thursday.
"Philip underwent a medical procedure Thursday at UT Medical Center," the statement read, per the Action Network. "He is alert and in good spirits and will remain at the hospital for a few days. We are thankful for the outstanding care he's receiving, and we also appreciate the prayers and concern of so many who have reached out. He is looking forward to cheering on the Vols as they kick off another exciting season!"
A Tennessee native, Fulmer played football at his home-state school, then later coached the Volunteers from 1992-2008. In the final 11 years of his tenure, the Vols played in the Southeastern Conference championship game five times and won the first BCS title game in 1998.
He retired with a 152-52-1 record, including 8-7 in bowl games.
Fulmer, who turns 73 on Sept. 1, also served as athletic director from 2017-21.
He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
—Field Level Media