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Fulmer, Vols planning on full stadiums in 2020

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Encouraging words from Tennessee’s AD.

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Phil Fulmer is confident there will be a full stadium in Knoxville in 2020.
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When times are dark, you can always count on Phil Fulmer to be the light you so desperately need.

As we continue to ponder on what the football season will look like in 2020, Fulmer offered some words of inspiration on Thursday.

Speaking on 104.5 The Zone’s Midday 180, Fulmer said that he is planning on a full Neyland Stadium come September.

“I am confident. I think we’ll play,” Fulmer said on Thursday. “I don’t think anybody knows exactly yet what that will look like. We’re planning on a full stadium and adjust from there. If we don’t, we’re in trouble ...It’s easier to adjust down than adjust up. Hopeful that the trend will turn back down after it’s turned up in our country in places. Bend the curve back down and we can all participate if we want to.”

That’s always good to hear, but when you really listen to/read what he said, it’s clear that this is more of a contingency plan than anything.

The phrase, “it’s easier to adjust down that adjust up” is what sticks out to me. It makes more sense for the program to assume things will be business-as-usual instead of assuming the opposite. It would be much more difficult if the program wasn’t prepared for a regular season.