New Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley is faced with a unique challenge in his first season, and it's not just because the Vols are low on talent.
He's probably the first child of an SEC football coaching legend to become an SEC head coach. His father, Vince, won six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship at Georgia from 1964-88.
And then there's Derek's larger-than-life mother, Barbara, who never met a microphone or a stranger she didn't like.
"My mom showed up at the Big Orange Caravan in Atlanta wearing an orange boa wrapped around her," Derek said recently with a laugh. "I had to remind her that the event was not about her.
"She has developed a bit of an icon status in Tennessee, and I've had to ban her from the state."
Derek said he asked his mother not to do any interviews with in-state (Tennessee) media.
"Mom has violated my media policies," he said. "She does it every day, and she doesn't give a (darn). My power can only go so far. She thinks it's fun. She's not going to think that when we have some bad years."
Derek said there was a lot of interest during the Big Orange Caravan this past spring from fans wanting to know what his parents were going to wear to this season's Tennessee-Georgia game.
"My dad doesn't want to tell anybody if he goes (to the game) because he doesn't want it to become a spectacle," Derek said. "How many times have you had to look at a quarterback's dad (like Archie Manning in a stadium whenever Eli or Peyton is playing) on TV before you start going 'Please!'
"So every time I go out there and make a dumb call, let's see what Dad thinks, and he's (shown) throwing the phone down. It's great theatre."