The fanbase at large wasn't going to be happy until The Papa was out. Period. Its been a crappy no win situation for Fulmer all year long. During the off season he does exactly what everyone wanted in going out and hiring a assistants outside the family, a guy with a fancy new offense whos going to open things up and pump some new blood into the program. That didn't work out, now its the coaches fault for trying to be too complex.
3 years ago we flipped back and forth on Quarterbacks in the vain of Spurrier and had a miserable season. Vowed we would never do that again. This year, Crompton gets his shot as a starter, struggles, we stick with him, he continued to struggle. Now we have people screaming he should have been benched after UCLA.
If we run the ball we're being too conservative, if we throw it 50 times we're not being physical enough. As people who follow the program, we all second guess the decisions we see made because we can, its easy to do from our comfortable couches. But I can with 100% honesty say I understand the logic between just about every major decision I've witnessed in the past year, I may not agree with it after the result but I can absolutely see what was the intention and logic behind it all.
That includes the raise/ contract extension as well as the forced resignation. The extension was a recruiting tool to serve as evidence to squash recruits perceptions of Fulmer being on the hot-seat. As far as the raise, I think its almost irrelevant. Fulmer was still in the middle of the road as far as SEC coaches salaries, (7th I believe, correct me if I'm wrong). Its just what big time college coaches get paid.
The manner in which the ousting went down, is Hamiltons best effort to try to appease a neurotic fanbase while making this as graceful an exit as it could reasonably be at this point. The fact that now we all know for certain these last 3 games will be Fulmer's last makes a huge difference. There will be more appreciation and admiration for the man over these next 3 games than there would be if everyone was still calling for his head.
Ok, rant much longer than expected. But bottom line is this season was a no win situation for Fulmer, and its sad to see the situation got the best of him. But I can honestly say that looking back I understand the calls that were made.