Things are never as bad as they seem. They're also never as good as they seem. But these two weeks won't ultimately define our program.
Derek Dooley, UT head football coach
No mention of rivals or opposing coaches.
New Tennessee coach Derek Dooley wouldn't even break down his freshly signed recruiting class at his breakfast celebration Thursday morning at the Knoxville Convention Center.
"My goal today is not to make any national headlines," Dooley said.
Dooley’s reference was to last year’s breakfast at which then coach Lane Kiffin famously charged Florida coach Urban Meyer with cheating in recruiting.
Kiffin’s comments were picked up by WVLT-TV and shown nationally. When the charge was later proved false, Kiffin’s dubious legacy as an accuser and recipient in the NCAA violation wars was begun.
This morning, Dooley really did nothing more than let the work he and his incomplete staff did over the last few weeks stand for itself. And considering where the Vols wrapped up in the various rankings on National Signing Day, that was more than enough for a sold-out crowd of around 1,000 fans.
"Things are never as bad as they seem," Dooley said. "They're also never as good as they seem.
"But these two weeks won't ultimately define our program."
They certainly provide a starting point, and Dooley is already redefining how the program will be led.