Spring forward for Dooley

Short-term concerns 'really can't get fixed'

Derek Dooley: Q&A (Part 1 of 3)

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley during a press conference Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 .

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley during a press conference Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2010 .

Derek Dooley isn't denying some issues with his first roster.

The new Tennessee coach just isn't overly worried about a lasting impact from them.

Depth might be a problem at some positions. Injuries will keep a few players out of practice and the Vols have already had one defection since Dooley took over the program. But heading into his first practice with UT today, he's just fine making the best with what's around already.

"Long term I'm not (worried)," Dooley said during his pre-spring press conference Wednesday. "Short term I'm very concerned. I do think that over the course of a couple of recruiting years we'll start getting a lot of stability. I think the players will enjoy being a part of the program.

"But we have some short-term concerns that really can't get fixed. We are extremely thin in a lot of areas, we have a lot of inexperience in a lot of areas, and that's only going to get fixed in time."

In some cases it won't take that long, like the boost the Vols will get when cornerback Art Evans and linebackers Nick Reveiz and Savion Frazier return from injuries after sitting out most or all of the spring.

Other issues have an indefinite timetable, like undisclosed personal business for left tackle Aaron Douglas that is expected to keep him out of at least a few of the 14 practices leading up the Orange and White Game on April 17.

Departures like offensive lineman William Brimfield's from the program have no quick fix at all, and there will almost certainly be more attrition before the season opener in September.

But all of that is just part of the building and branding process Dooley started in January, though now he at least gets to do some on the field.

"The big thing is everybody's anxious to get to practice," Dooley said. "You can only jump over bags and run shuttles for so long before you say it's time to play football. Coaches, players, I think everybody's a little anxious. We're excited about practice starting.

"Certainly it's a great opportunity. Anytime you have a change it's a great opportunity for guys who maybe weren't performing the way they thought they could perform, maybe they were in the doghouse for whatever reason, it's a great way to start anew. Now, is there open competition? Yes. However, certainly guys that have had some significant production the last year are going to have some early opportunity. There's not a lot of it."

There's certainly some though, since the Vols aren't completely devoid of talent.

UT will have its top three receivers back, a loaded offensive backfield and a handful of standouts in the front seven on defense. But the Vols will also have to develop some depth on both lines, find a couple playmakers in the secondary and break in a new starting quarterback.

The race to replace Jonathan Crompton at quarterback figures to receive most of the attention in Dooley's first spring. But like anything else right now, it's going to take some time and patience to come up with an answer.

"I can tell you this, the quarterback position will not be settled by the end of spring," Dooley said. "This is a body of work over time. Once we get to a decision with who we go with, sometimes it's still not settled until we get out there and see if we can move the chains and score points.

"We're not going to do a day-trading, this guy's winning, this guy's losing - we're going to go through spring, mix it up, try to equalize reps. The guys that are producing the best are getting more reps, and we'll just evaluate it as it goes."

Dooley can officially start today. The impact just might take awhile.

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SEAL_9821 writes:

Can someone tell me what the deal with Brimfield is?

tnsportsman writes:

Good PC by Dooley today! He makes prefect sense and has a great plan of rebuilding Big Orange Football. If CDD plans works as he laid it out, UT will be just fine! As Coach Dooley said, the plan working is the hard part!

Go get it started tomorrow Big Orange!

GO VOLS!

USNVOL writes:

Nice video,
I always enjoy your positive articles Austin.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

It says "heading into the 1st practice today".......I thought the 1st practice was 3-18. That is tomorrow.

tapeworm writes:

I hate it when the KNS makes vague statements about players (i.e., Brimfield and Douglas) with no explanation. Either they know what's happening and won't say, or don't know and can't say. Either way, why even bring it up?

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

I wonder how many UF, bama, or USC articles will be posted tomorrow on TN's 1st day of drills.....

FWBVol writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

It says "heading into the 1st practice today".......I thought the 1st practice was 3-18. That is tomorrow.

This is a common practice for almost every newspaper if the story online is to appear in the next day's print edition.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

"Well if Kiffin were still here......"

or

"Florida practices start despite Meyer's future....."

rockytopatl writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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It's not weird at all. The story is written for the next day's newspaper. This is a newspaper web site.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to FWBVol:

This is a common practice for almost every newspaper if the story online is to appear in the next day's print edition.

That makes since and I knew that. Too many Guinness' tonight on St Pattys I guess....

FWBVol writes:

If you listen to the press conference, CDD didn't call Warren by name when asked about former players coming back, but he did say thus far no player that was on the outs with the former staff(s) have asked him to return.

As for Brimfield, CDD said he wasn't getting with the program and wasn't doing the things asked of him to contribute to the team.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Last I heard on BW he was trying to talk to administration on campus about his remaining credits/classes and THEN was going to approach new coaching staff. That was about a month ago and no word since.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

in response to SEAL_9821:

Can someone tell me what the deal with Brimfield is?

can someone tell me who william brimfield is?

BillyVol writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

can someone tell me who william brimfield is?

I believe he was the 13th President

tigervol77 writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

can someone tell me who william brimfield is?

IMPO.... William Brimfield was overrated......I watched him here in SC play against one of the better SC 1A schools and he didn't impress me. He just stood up and did nothing. Not impressed with him what so ever! Wish he would have gone to UNC! I am ALL VOL!

fearthehound writes:

in response to BillyVol:

I believe he was the 13th President

That's silly. He's the guy who does the Quaker Oats commercial.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to BillyVol:

I believe he was the 13th President

thats great

roflmao

DarthWilson writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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lol. Well I am reading it after midnight. Works for me.

CroKev writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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VolinCalif writes:

in response to CroKev:

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Duke is going to re-post this every 3 hours for 24/7 in hopes someone will read it and believe his BS. He is not a CPF fan or anything else that supports the Vol Nation. Just a big mouth behind a keyboard. I'll be glad when Sept gets here, for more than one reason, I think CDD is going to surprise many people. I for one loved LK and crew, but I also like DD and crew. CJC is a great coach and loved it when DD kept him around. We are going to be in the games this year and what else can we ask for?

beef4davols writes:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

It says "heading into the 1st practice today".......I thought the 1st practice was 3-18. That is tomorrow.

This article was posted after 8:30pm. Do you really think they are going to practice at 10 o clock at night??? It was written to be in 3-18's newspaper...you know they still do print those things.

The_Real_UT writes:

I read on a Volnation post yesterday that Brandon Warren will not be allowed back on the team and will transfer to North Alabama.

TommyJack writes:

LukeDeDuka...back at you. Are you Phil, or possibly Vicki? What do you propose? Not getting behind CDD because FHCPF was (rightfully) chased?

xpsyclonex2002 writes:

Unfortunately Duke is right. We may not like to hear it or like to be kicked when we are down, but we brought the thunder down on ourselves as a Vol Nation by running off Fulmer, a coach who took us to 5 SEC Championships and a National Championship(Only Florida and Alabama had more). We were not getting the wins we wanted and started chanting off with his head. Now where are we? I really thought Kiffin was going to get us back to glory over time. I had many verbal battles with friends about him. Then he leaves and we struggled to even get someone to interview for the head coaching position. Then we get Coach "Who?"ley. I will alway support the Vols. They are my team. But we, as a fan base, need to learn that we are not entitled to and SEC championship every year. We should not be greedy and shortsighted about our program. Look at Notre Dame after they got rid of old Scrotum face. Once Holtz left, thier program has never been the same. Michigan hangs Carr and now look at them. Stallings leaves Alabama (even as a hero) and thier program took over a decade to return to glory. Penn State makes the same mistake every couple of years when Penn Stae isn't in the National Championship hunt. They start saying the JoePa is too old. Then suddenly Penn State bounces back. Florida State ran off teh best coach they ever had when he had many good years left in him. Jimbo is not going to revive that program. It think TN fans will have to take our lumps. Maybe then we will see the upside of continuity. Sometimes you have to pay for your education.

OTPVol writes:

Isn't DukeDeLuca a male french porn star? I think it translates to something like dick da licka... But what do I know about french other than mustard and fries...

rockytopvol writes:

DukeDeLuca was a swedish spy for the British who was captured and repeatedly violated until he started talking,problem is he hasn't shut up yet!

send writes:

KIFFIN WANTED THE SPOTLIGHT GLAD HES GONE!!!
Another plot twist from Seantrel Henderson
March, 18, 2010 Mar 189:37AM ETEmail Print Share By Ted MillerDoes Seantrel Henderson realize that offensive linemen are not supposed to be prima donnas?

It seems that the 6-foot-8, 335-pounder, rated the top offensive lineman on the ESPNU 150, is still not ready to surrender the spotlight, as the Pioneer-Press reported that Henderson wouldn't -- as he announced just this week he would -- sign a letter of intent Thursday to go to USC.

What's the problem? From the story: "Because of scheduling logistics, the St. Paul-based private school won't hold the signing on Thursday, and instead, is targeting perhaps a day next week."

"Scheduling logistics?" He's signing a piece of paper.

That's not entirely fair, of course. Michael Lev, USC beat writer for Orange County Register, points out that a fax machine also must be found.

Is Henderson having a change of heart? No indication that he is, but it appears we'll have another report on "As the Henderson Turns" next week

rbhobbs73#226545 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Duke you are posting your usual drivel...

Look, I love Coach Fulmer...he did great things at Tennessee. He will always be a beloved Tennessee legend.....BUT...he needed to go.

Get over it.

All of those championships???? You mean 2....in 17 years?

Hamilton said himself that he expects 2 SEC championships per 10 years....I think that is reasonable at Tennessee. 2 in 17...not enough...especially when the last one was 10 seasons before his ouster....that means 0 in 10 years. Not up to standards.

The program was going downhill at rapid speed. Coach Fulmer had his chances to fix it and didn't get it done. It was time for him to go...he was one of only a few who didn't see it.

I wish him well and still love and appreciate everything he did for UT. He is a true Volunteer. However he is currently contributing in the correct manner for this time and that is NOT as Head Coach.

Deal with it.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Thanks for the links the last couple of days RR2...Good ones.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to rockytopvol:

DukeDeLuca was a swedish spy for the British who was captured and repeatedly violated until he started talking,problem is he hasn't shut up yet!

I assumed Duke had been repeatedly violated.
Didn't know it was the Brits..Thanks for the info.

finn writes:

Wow, dukedeluca, that was a truly useful and productive post. I move that we go ahead eliminate men's football at UT if Fulmer's not the head coach. Now if only we could find enough bronze left in the world to make a life-sized statue of Fulmer on campus.....

carbonzip writes:

I didn't read much before posting this, but why not invite Brandon Warren in for a discussion of his past problems? Maybe he has learned a lesson and could join the team on probation. Maybe he could change to defense and try to become a prima donna there.

roloyo writes:

in response to OTPVol:

Isn't DukeDeLuca a male french porn star? I think it translates to something like dick da licka... But what do I know about french other than mustard and fries...

I think DukeDeLuca played the part of the German Shepard in several porn movies

xpsyclonex2002 writes:

As far as getting rid of Fulmer for not winning an SEC title in the last 10 years, JoePa has won 2 Big Ten titles in the last 10+ years. Do you honestly think that either school, UT or Penn State would win another title sooner with new coaches? If you do, that's pie in the sky. You need talent to win. To get talent, you need consistancy, recruiting power, and coaching talent. You don't get that by running your coach off.
You have to get to the SEC game to win it. Fulmer was able to get us there. Our competition is Florida and Georgia. Both states have a better homegrown talent than TN (yes I am from TN), especially FL. The cream of the Florida crop usually does not leave the state. Georgia not so much. That is why we typically are better than Georgia. But Florida has owned us for years and will continue to own us because of thier talent pool. The only thing that will change that is a coaching change at FL or a resurgance of Miami and Florida State to spread the talent out.
As far as the "Fulmer's gone, get over it" type comments, OK I'm over it. Now we are going to suffer through some dark days. We will all have to get over that.

99gator writes:

i don't understand the fulmer revisionism.

if you can't see that everything went south after the 2001 sec championship game, then you just don't want to accept reality.

did tennessee have some positive moments here and there since 2001? yeah.

but, get real.

the 2008 season proved 2005 wasn't a fluke. a fluke is losing to two SEC opponents by four td's or more and making the SEC title game (2007).

fulmer did a lot for tennessee and IMO, those who are vol fans should be grateful. however, it was time.

for those who don't believe that, you will notice his agent hasn't had to negotiate a whole lot of offers.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Tell that to someone who cares what you think.

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Tell that to someone who cares what you think.

Agree VolunteerLifer!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Why do you spend your time with your nagative post just to reach 2 percent of the fan base that post on this board.

SATCHMOE writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Did anyone hear something... It kinda sounded like a fart

boogimn3 writes:

in response to finn:

Wow, dukedeluca, that was a truly useful and productive post. I move that we go ahead eliminate men's football at UT if Fulmer's not the head coach. Now if only we could find enough bronze left in the world to make a life-sized statue of Fulmer on campus.....

finn, you made me chortle in a manner audible, I am sure, throughout the entire room...Maybe the administration could melt the Volunteer Statue and a couple million copper pennies to make a statue of Phil...Think that would be enough?

boogimn3 writes:

in response to SATCHMOE:

Did anyone hear something... It kinda sounded like a fart

Smells like Nappy to me...

transplantiam writes:

Look, Guys, Deluca is laughing at us for being Vol fans and standing behind our new coach. I agree with him to, on one point, that CPF did win a NC and a couple of SECC titles. But he wasn't recruiting the talent that we needed to beat the elite teams in the SEC. I had gotten tired of playing second fiddle (or third) to FL or GA in the east div., and Al, Auburn, or LSU in the west. Yeah, we could win 9-10 games a year, but that is not enough. CPF was willing to settle for "hind teat" in the SEC. After working hard, getting the talent here so we could and did win the SEC and go on to play for the NC, CPF just seemed to think the talent would come, the championship would bring them, but it didn't happen that way. He seemed to settle for 3-star and a couple of 4-star players and he quit fighting for the elite players. Look at how Saban and Meyer go about recruiting. They consistantly recruit the cream, every year, not get a good class and then slack for a couple of years. Look at Saban's running backs, qb's, etc. he goes after the best Every year. The best rb's in the country for next year are already talking Bama, even though they might not even get to play at all. These guys are taking the chance that "maybe" I'm good enough to get to play a year, maybe two, before I graduate. It seems CPF never did this. We would get the best qb one year and not even recruit a qb for the next. Then the same with rb's, get the best one year, recruit him a back-up the next. We need the best every year to be able to compete in the SEC year after year, and CPF had quit doing this. Maybe CDD will do better, we don't know yet, but CPF's time had ran out! When and if CDD does this, I'm gonna remind Deluca of this, while laughing all the way to the NC. (If he doesn't, then we'll just have to try again but CPF had proven he wasn't going to!)
GO VOLS!!

WLafIndianavol writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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This fool is a TOOL of the highest degree!

Smokey_Told_Me writes:

in response to transplantiam:

Look, Guys, Deluca is laughing at us for being Vol fans and standing behind our new coach. I agree with him to, on one point, that CPF did win a NC and a couple of SECC titles. But he wasn't recruiting the talent that we needed to beat the elite teams in the SEC. I had gotten tired of playing second fiddle (or third) to FL or GA in the east div., and Al, Auburn, or LSU in the west. Yeah, we could win 9-10 games a year, but that is not enough. CPF was willing to settle for "hind teat" in the SEC. After working hard, getting the talent here so we could and did win the SEC and go on to play for the NC, CPF just seemed to think the talent would come, the championship would bring them, but it didn't happen that way. He seemed to settle for 3-star and a couple of 4-star players and he quit fighting for the elite players. Look at how Saban and Meyer go about recruiting. They consistantly recruit the cream, every year, not get a good class and then slack for a couple of years. Look at Saban's running backs, qb's, etc. he goes after the best Every year. The best rb's in the country for next year are already talking Bama, even though they might not even get to play at all. These guys are taking the chance that "maybe" I'm good enough to get to play a year, maybe two, before I graduate. It seems CPF never did this. We would get the best qb one year and not even recruit a qb for the next. Then the same with rb's, get the best one year, recruit him a back-up the next. We need the best every year to be able to compete in the SEC year after year, and CPF had quit doing this. Maybe CDD will do better, we don't know yet, but CPF's time had ran out! When and if CDD does this, I'm gonna remind Deluca of this, while laughing all the way to the NC. (If he doesn't, then we'll just have to try again but CPF had proven he wasn't going to!)
GO VOLS!!

Good post and it is right on target. It looks like "Duke" got everyone on this thread more upset than a visiting quarterback who has 3ed and 10 on his own 12 yard line in Neyland and the insane noise from our 109,000 has caused his pants to suddenly turn brown.

...Smokey know where the bones are buried.

VOLume27 writes:

in response to 99gator:

i don't understand the fulmer revisionism.

if you can't see that everything went south after the 2001 sec championship game, then you just don't want to accept reality.

did tennessee have some positive moments here and there since 2001? yeah.

but, get real.

the 2008 season proved 2005 wasn't a fluke. a fluke is losing to two SEC opponents by four td's or more and making the SEC title game (2007).

fulmer did a lot for tennessee and IMO, those who are vol fans should be grateful. however, it was time.

for those who don't believe that, you will notice his agent hasn't had to negotiate a whole lot of offers.

99gator hit it right on the head.

By the way, Dr. Leroy Collins ... I mean DukeLL ... is that you? (For those who don't know what SERIOUSLY DERANGED Fulmerism is, look up Dr. Leroy Collins on 3rd Sat. in Blogtober (www.3sib.com)).

Also, read Beth Rucker's AP story today re: Dooley's meeting. It's on other newspaper websites (e.g., The Tennessean). Quite a difference in both substance and style from both Hooker and Austin.

I wish I had won Powerball last night. If I had, I would immediately offer Hooker and Austin expense-paid one month vacations so they could recharge their batteries.

Gumby#1381110 writes:

I love when the time changes. Its great to spring forward to Dooley this spring. I just hope come fall we don't fall back to Kiffin. Is that possible?

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to roloyo:

I think DukeDeLuca played the part of the German Shepard in several porn movies

You may be barking up the wrong tree with that one...

txsvol#372416 writes:

in response to rbhobbs73#226545:

Duke you are posting your usual drivel...

Look, I love Coach Fulmer...he did great things at Tennessee. He will always be a beloved Tennessee legend.....BUT...he needed to go.

Get over it.

All of those championships???? You mean 2....in 17 years?

Hamilton said himself that he expects 2 SEC championships per 10 years....I think that is reasonable at Tennessee. 2 in 17...not enough...especially when the last one was 10 seasons before his ouster....that means 0 in 10 years. Not up to standards.

The program was going downhill at rapid speed. Coach Fulmer had his chances to fix it and didn't get it done. It was time for him to go...he was one of only a few who didn't see it.

I wish him well and still love and appreciate everything he did for UT. He is a true Volunteer. However he is currently contributing in the correct manner for this time and that is NOT as Head Coach.

Deal with it.

You expressed my sentiments also. As a Volunteer fan, I love Phil Fulmer, and Johnny Majors before him, but both outstayed their effectiveness. I'm willing to have CDD in charge of re-booting our football team to a championship level, even if it takes him a few years. Meanwhile, Beat Bama! And, Beat the Gators! Go Vols! SAVol

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to 99gator:

i don't understand the fulmer revisionism.

if you can't see that everything went south after the 2001 sec championship game, then you just don't want to accept reality.

did tennessee have some positive moments here and there since 2001? yeah.

but, get real.

the 2008 season proved 2005 wasn't a fluke. a fluke is losing to two SEC opponents by four td's or more and making the SEC title game (2007).

fulmer did a lot for tennessee and IMO, those who are vol fans should be grateful. however, it was time.

for those who don't believe that, you will notice his agent hasn't had to negotiate a whole lot of offers.

I think most of us who support the Vols could see the program headed toward mediocrity. CPF did many great things for the program and should be remembered as an excellent coach, based on his entire body of work. The problem was how to solve the problem. Do you handle it like Penn State and show total loyalty to your head coach, no matter what? Or do you handle it like practically every other university does (UT included) and either fire the coach or dismiss through forced resignation?

Most any coach in America would like to end his/her career with a .743 winning percentage. Few would like to see their career end with two losing seasons out of the last four they coached. That's the nature of sports these days. If Urban Meyer suddenly has a couple of back to back seasons like 2007, some of your Florida brethren will start the cry for a new Bull Gator. I think CDD will do an excellent job, but as we've all read, some people already want him replaced.

CrouchingBruin writes:

Don't forget to vote for Lane Kiffin as Esquire's "Sexiest Woman Alive"; he's going up against Natalie Gulbis in the first round:

http://www.esquire.com/women/the-sexi...

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