It was Dooley's call on Malik Jackson

Orgeron 'wasn't happy' with defensive end's decision to transfer from USC to UT

Malik Jackson didn't think much of the NCAA's decision last month to allow juniors and seniors transfer from Southern California without penalty.

USC lost scholarships, vacated wins and were banned from bowl game for two years by the NCAA for a lack of institutional control.

It wasn't a problem for Jackson.

The junior defensive end had decided he would stay at USC and finish out his two years of eligibility.

That's until he received a call from new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley.

He asked Jackson to transfer to UT, which he agreed to do on Monday. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Jackson will be eligible to play this season.

"My first mindset was I wasn't going anywhere," Jackson said. "I got the call (from UT) and I just thought about it. I went to go check it out and kept thinking about it and decided to go."

Jackson's decision to leave didn't sit well with every staff member at USC.

New coach Lane Kiffin, who bolted from UT for USC in January, gave his blessing, according to Jackson.

Jackson said Kiffin told him to do what was best for him.

Jackson said he received a similar response from assistant head coach and former UT defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron, who coached UT's defensive line last season, wasn't as thrilled with Jackson's decision to transfer.

"Coach Orgeron probably had a little bit more to say," Jackson said. "He wasn't happy about it but that's OK."

Jackson said he believes Orgeron was unhappy because Jackson decided to leave for the same school Orgeron just left.

"He had a little bit to say about that but I'm not trying to get into it," Jackson said.

Jackson will try to work his way into UT's defensive end rotation this fall.

Jackson played in all 13 of USC's games last season as a reserve, recording 18 tackles with 3.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He was a sought-after recruit from Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif.

He flew to Knoxville on Tuesday, planning to begin summer classes on Thursday.

Jackson, who took a one-day visit to UT before deciding to transfer, said he spoke to other players who made him feel welcome in Knoxville.

"They seemed pretty excited about what's going on down there," Jackson said. "They just need a few things to change and they said they'll be ready and rolling. I'm pretty excited to get on the field with those guys."

Jackson is the first real defection from USC since the Trojans received their sanctions.

He might not be the last.

Jackson said he thinks more players will leave USC, although he declined to name anyone specifically.

UT has apparently asked some of them to join Jackson in Knoxville.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday that a few weeks ago UT faxed a list of every junior and senior on the USC roster to the Trojans' compliance office to alert them of their recruiting intentions.

Jackson said he would be willing to help UT recruit his former teammates if anyone is willing to listen.

"If Tennessee needed them I'd kind of talk to them because it'd be nice to have an SC friend over where you are so you're not all alone," he said.

UT fans would certainly appreciate that.

Jackson was surprised to hear he's already a favorite among fans because of his decision to leave USC for UT.

"That's funny," he said. "I mean hey, that's cool. Whatever I can take."

Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.

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Tru138 writes:

Good call.

teedub writes:

That's just plain awesome!

govols7462 writes:

This is terrific. Dooley is getting back at Lane and Orgeron for us. I'm lovin' it!!! Keep 'em comin' Dooley!

LovinMyVols writes:

Silently we build.

Publically Kiffin crumbles.

How is the front page these days Kiffboy?

SmokeyDayAfternoon writes:

Oh, so Coach O doesn't like it when someone who is committed to a program suddenly leaves? Hmmmmm....

Lol

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

I love him!!!!

Metaphorically speaking of course.

orangecountyvols writes:

Go Vols ! Two schools crossing another off their Christmas card list...........Tennessee and Southern Cal.
I saw Virginia is no. 2 on the Southern Cal schedule.
Hawaii first, and then the usual diet of Pac 10 people, and Notre Dame to boot. Could be a long season. It'll be interesting to see how many other USC players leave, and not necessarily to Tennessee.

Western KY game was 63-7. Even though we open with Tn Martin, it might be tough to duplicate that score. We all know game 2 is the killer though.

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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LMAO Witchie--- "O-Hole" LMAO

thevoice writes:

Wow, I'd much rather hear this news that to read about the Lindsey Lohan sentencing trial. Go Big Orange.

whippersnapper writes:

Welcome to Big Orange Country Malik !!

DownTheField writes:

Welcome Malik! Go Vols!

thevoice writes:

Like 2 aircraft carriers passing in a sea of darkness, these two programs are heading in different directions, and I like the one in which UT is headed!

tree_em_smokey writes:

This is great, not just because its our first time to get back at Kiffin, but it adds depth and he will probably start. Lovin it! GBO!

VOL03_NC writes:

Alone...? Wait till the first saturday and tell me you still feel alone. Welcome to Big Orange Country.

DC_Vol writes:

Vol Fans Dooley is building a winner here at Tennessee behind the scenes. Our last two classes have been top ten and know we are bringing in some incredible transfers.

Talk about paybacks, Kiffin and Orgeron must have blown a gasket when Dooley sent in a list requesting contact access for all USC's juniors and seniors. Dooley is brilliant!!!

With Jackson, we know have a USC Insider who will let Dooley know which USC players are interested in transfering as well as contacting them on UT's behalf and telling them about our stellar football facilities and most importantly our great football coaches.

This year will not be a down year for UT, we will be competitive this year. Expect some upsets of top teams in Neyland Stadium!!! GBO!

Fulton_Vol writes:

We need the help on the defensive line. This bodes well for us and I glad to see CD2 and staff are looking for reinforcements for us. It's poetic justice that CLK and CO are getting a taste of their own medicine.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Seriously, you can't help but feel bad for Orgeron. Coaches from another school are calling their players and asking them to transfer. This is really an injustice. BWAAAAHAHAHAHA!

chaos001 writes:

"ESPN.com reported Tuesday that a few weeks ago UT faxed a list of every junior and senior on the USC roster to the Trojans' compliance office to alert them of their recruiting intentions."

Does this mean that our staff contacted every single jr. and sr. on their team and then compiled a spreadsheet of information on their future plans???

Dooley is a data driven, organized fool! Thorough and detail-minded even!

I love it.

FWBVol writes:

Derek Dooley works in stealth-like ways...he's off the radar, but ready for a deadly attack. The guy out west is like a World War II prop plane...he might have some fire power, but there's a lot of nice to go with it.

Derek Dooley and his Tennessee staff have been laying the groundwork for Jackson coming to UT for several weeks. And they've let it be known they are willing to contact every junior and senior at USC within the rules of the NCAA.

Yes, Derek Dooley is a smart guy and I don't think he'll miss too many, if any, opportunities to take full advantage of the NCAA rules.

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

Keep calling Dooley. Clean 'em out!

britt writes:

sounds like CDD is going for the 'silent but deadly' approach. i like it

volnut64 writes:

Hey Malik! Welcome to REAL footbal! SEC football! You lay your heart and soul on the line for UT, and you'll be a folk hero in Tennessee for ever! Go Vols!

flatrock writes:

Note to Coach Zero:

DD will take all your linemen and your shirt!

GerryOP writes:

Welcome Mr. Jackson!

OK, the formalities are over. Now get you butt to K'town, draw your equipment, and get to work!

And one more time, Welcome to Big Orange Country!

DC_Vol writes:

in response to chaos001:

"ESPN.com reported Tuesday that a few weeks ago UT faxed a list of every junior and senior on the USC roster to the Trojans' compliance office to alert them of their recruiting intentions."

Does this mean that our staff contacted every single jr. and sr. on their team and then compiled a spreadsheet of information on their future plans???

Dooley is a data driven, organized fool! Thorough and detail-minded even!

I love it.

I expect a few more transfers from USC to Tennessee starting with the five start lineman Tyron Smith. Malik Jackson has opened the flood gates. If you were thinking about transfering from USC wouldn't you want to go a school where you teammate had already enrolled. In fact, knowing that Dooley has contacted all of your junior and senior teammates would mean you could transfer knowing some of your teammates will be there with you in the fall.

Talk about momentum, Dooley is builing a winner at UT. After a few early wins against teams expected to beat us, we will be considered a contender. I believe we will have a good season this year and a great season next year.

mtowntim writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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"Take that O hole" with the right graphics would make a pretty cool shirt.

FWBVol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Derek Dooley works in stealth-like ways...he's off the radar, but ready for a deadly attack. The guy out west is like a World War II prop plane...he might have some fire power, but there's a lot of nice to go with it.

Derek Dooley and his Tennessee staff have been laying the groundwork for Jackson coming to UT for several weeks. And they've let it be known they are willing to contact every junior and senior at USC within the rules of the NCAA.

Yes, Derek Dooley is a smart guy and I don't think he'll miss too many, if any, opportunities to take full advantage of the NCAA rules.

I meant noise not nice.

jclowers writes:

I'm glad to see Kiffin take one (and hopefully more) punch, however this is not the first defection from USC. Junior Jordan Campbell, a former 4-star linebacker and slated to be a starter this season, transferred to Louisville just last week. I'm expecting more to fall but there are other teams waiting to pick up the pieces as well.

tn_rockytop writes:

come on Seantrel Henderson he is released he is a big o lineman and a few more and we are in it what a job dooley this is the best

Bogus writes:

in response to KatManDewVol:

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There's our future 3-4 nosetackle! Could you imagine a 290 lb Marlon Walls as a DE? Beautiful!

Psychovol writes:

Karma is bugger and the little lane train has more than it's share on the way. If you think this post is lame like little lane, then I challenge you to google the definition of bugger.

Bogus writes:

in response to tn_rockytop:

come on Seantrel Henderson he is released he is a big o lineman and a few more and we are in it what a job dooley this is the best

Naw, I'd rather get Tyron Smith if he transfers. Dude is already proven at the college level, Seantrel could be a bust. Read that he ballooned well over 350, besides he'll go to either Miami or Ohio State.

oskie_score writes:

To those of you who criticized Mike Hamilton for this hire, oh yeah, he's crazy alright...crazy like a fox

CDD & Staff continue to (quietly) get it done.

GUFF4VOLS writes:

I've been pissed at USC since they blew the UCLA game to let Florida in the Championship Game (Which of course they won) a few years back. Anything that happens to USC is fine by me! Orgeron is a cancer! Trojans...Enjoy!!!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to flatrock:

Note to Coach Zero:

DD will take all your linemen and your shirt!

Whether is is torn or not.

WinkeyVol writes:

It just keeps gettin better.

calvolfromkingsport writes:

Karma baby! Nothin but karma kiffy!

ODA751 writes:

Although many on this site are revelling in the thought at "getting back" at Lane Kiffin, I think Coach Dooley is recruiting the USC players in a pure business manner. UT is about 10 scholarships down from the alloted 85. This is an opportunity to fill those 10 scholarships immediately and not have to do it over four to five years. Most teams do not have a roster spot open to recruit those players but in UT's case, we have a number of spots where we can offer. It just so happens that the team Coach Dooley can find 3rd and 4th year players is USC.
I know everyone was ticked off when Kiffin and company left for USC. Nobody likes to be left at the alter. However, USC has always been his dream job and he had only been at UT for one year. I've moved on. I look forward to supporting Coach Dooley and I hope that more players at USC will look at coming to UT.
Welcome Mr. Jackson and Go Vols!

rusty_shackleford writes:

Karma's a bee-atch, ain't it beach boy?

KiowaVol writes:

Poor Ed. Why DO bad things happen to good people?

LMFAO!!!!

VolByChoice writes:

From a L.A. Daily News story...Do you think we may be getting a malcontent with so-so talent? Hope not. Surely Dooley and staff weighed all pros and cons before offering.

"Malik Jackson became disillusioned during spring drills after hoping he would stand a better chance for playing time following the departure of coach Pete Carroll.

"Tennessee said they needed help at defensive end, and that sounded better than staying at USC," Jackson said.

richvol writes:

Irony...the reason we have room for USC transfers and the #1 punter(who had been committed to USC at one time)we picked up recently is due to Lame running off 15 or so of our scholarship players in the short time he was here. Isn't it funny how the worm turns...

VOLliven2it writes:

Pleased at Jackson's arrival, would love to see about 5 or 6 others, especially OL and DL come our way. As for USC, too bad man! As for Coach LK Twinkie, you made your bed with a dream job, now you lie in it. I wish no ill on him or his family and am glad we were unexpectedly delivered from the (Lain)Train wreck which would have happened in Knoxville in say, three or four years. Malik, bring your friends. We will welcome them not to "in your face" USC but to help the Vol program get back to competing more quickly. GO BIG ORANGE!

spyfish007#225503 writes:

The interesting thing about faxing over the entire USC junior & senior list is that USC will have no clue which players we are actually recruiting!!

DC_Vol writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Great post Rich,

I have watched first hand, Kiffin and O-holes lack of integrity and deceiptful actions and downright lies told to student athletes. I have to believe all of this negative behavior over the past several months should affect future USC recruiting. I was extremely disapointed to see Lane get the #1 class.

My thoughts, are this. If I were a parent guiding my son to a college, Lane's and O's Lies told at Tennessee and then to USC players would cause me to eliminate any possibility of their recruitment to USC in the future.

Do you think we will see parents make a stand in the future and not allow their kids to play for Coach K and O based on their lack of morals, character and integrity??

Would love to hear UT fans comments on this subject?

tnsportsman writes:

in response to richvol:

Irony...the reason we have room for USC transfers and the #1 punter(who had been committed to USC at one time)we picked up recently is due to Lame running off 15 or so of our scholarship players in the short time he was here. Isn't it funny how the worm turns...

That is partially true. By my count we have only 1 2010 scholarship left to offer after Malik Jackson. Any more than 1 depends on if any 2010 signees don't make the NCAA Clearing House.

But this is GREAT! Welcome Malik to BIG ORANGE COUNTRY! CDD & Staff are doing a GREAT JOB!

Hey Liar Lame and O Snake, drink some Jim Jones Kool-aide together, LOL.

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

Volunatic writes:

in response to britt:

sounds like CDD is going for the 'silent but deadly' approach. i like it

Orgeron thinks that approach really stinks.

;-)

LiveFaith writes:

Let the new "JUCO" pipeline open all the way. Nine more to go. :-)

smoky50 writes:

Looks like CDD is using his lawyer skills to do some good old fashioned nut cuttin. GO CDD!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!

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