Volunteers athletic director Phillip Fulmer called on Tennessee football fans to wear masks amid COVID-19.
Phillip Fulmer is not playing around. Amidst all the talk around whether or not Tennessee football will be able to play the 2020 season with fans in the stands, the Vols athletic director made it clear that a part of that will depend on fans themselves.
Over the past week, Fulmer has been talking about the developments and the gains made in the fight against coronavirus. He discussed that and Jeremy Pruitt’s handling of all the national news in an address to Vol Nation and in various interviews.
On Thursday evening, though, he said Vol fans can do their part to determine whether or not there are fans at Neyland Stadium when Tennessee football plays in the Fall. He tweeted out that statement and implored fans to wear a mask.
Everybody keeps asking me if we’re going to be playing football with fans this season. Truth is, Vol fans statewide can help determine that outcome.
From now through kickoff, masks are a must. pic.twitter.com/mXyL1wqC57
— Phillip Fulmer (@phillipfulmer) June 25, 2020
It’s no secret that Fulmer has been taking this virus seriously from the start. We reported back in May on the rumors that he was the lone athletic director against the SEC’s initial return date set for June 1.
Since then, he has said all the right things and talked to all the right people, clearly doing everything he can to make sure there is a season this year. However, while he expressed confidence recently that there will be a season, this was a more direct call-out of fans.
For Fulmer, it’s clear. Fans need to take the precautions they have been advised to take if they want to enjoy this season. Otherwise, we have no way of knowing how things are going to play out in the long run.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey recently talked about not knowing for sure how things would play out until July, and SEC Media Days is already being held virtually. As a result, it’s safe to say Tennessee football having fans in the stands is in limbo right now, but Fulmer wanted to make that point that it doesn’t mean fans themselves can’t do their part right now.