Introducing UT's new head coach Derek Dooley
Derek Dooley looks forward to embracing Tennessee football traditions - even one of the oldest.
Dooley was introduced as UT's new head coach Friday night in a press conference inside the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex. Just over his right shoulder on the wall in enormous print were the seven Game Maxims that date to Gen. Robert Neyland.
"I'm glad to see I believed in everything up there,'' Dooley said.
"Thank God the General knew what he's doing.''
The maxims are recited by the team before every game.
Dooley also paid homage to UT's past by acknowledging Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer.
Brown Wants To Stay: Freshman tailback Bryce Brown indicated Friday he has no plans to transfer.
"The only thing that's been on my mind is getting a better GPA and focusing on school,'' Brown said. "I talked to my parents and that's what they feel I should focus on.''
Brown said he might use spring practice to evaluate his future but said the former staff had not tried to convince him to transfer to Southern Cal.
Between the Hedges: Dooley will lead the Vols into Georgia's Sanford Stadium on Oct. 9, 2010.
The son of long-time Georgia coach Vince Dooley, Derek grew up in Athens, Ga. He said Friday night he has too many other priorities to deal with now to address what his emotions might be in the fall.
"The last thing on my mind,'' he said, "is who we're playing.''
Search Protocol: Dooley said he first learned of UT's interest in him via a text message from UT athletic director Mike Hamilton.
"First of all,'' he said, "I was glad I know how to text.''
Hamilton quipped that he wasn't violating coach-search protocol because Dooley also serves as Louisiana Tech's athletic director.
"I got the AD's permission at the same time, since he's the athletic director,'' Hamilton said.
Dooley vs. Vols: As a senior receiver at the University of Virginia, Dooley played against Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl after the 1990 season. UT won 23-22.
He was a graduate assistant coach at Georgia in 1996 when Peyton Manning led the Vols to a 29-17 win in Athens.
As an assistant coach at LSU 2000-05, Dooley was 2-2 against Tennessee. He won the big one, though, the 2001 SEC championship game that denied the Vols a trip to the national championship game in the Rose Bowl.
Thompson Says: Lance Thompson, the linebackers coach who left Alabama a year ago to come to Tennessee at Lane Kiffin's urging, was as shocked as anyone by Kiffin's departure - and that of coordinator Monte Kiffin.
"I would tell (Lane) 'Congratulations, but I'm looking forward to the day that we play,' '' Thompson told the Birmingham News.
"I don't care where I'm at. I'm always going to be looking for the day we play Lane Kiffin.
"From my perspective, in my career, I've always dealt with people who did things the right way. I never saw this coming.''
Thompson said he'd like to stay at Tennessee.
Flight Plan: Dooley was flown from Ruston Regional Airport to Knoxville in a Pilot Corp. plane, accompanied by Charlie Anderson, a member of the UT Athletics Board, and Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam.