Dooley wants recruiting rules tweaked, but not too much

Derek Dooley isn’t opposed to change. He just doesn’t want too much of it.

The Tennessee head football coach is well aware of the ongoing chatter in the recruiting community concerning possible adjustments to rules between coaches and prospects during the spring semester.

Currently, contact is limited. Head coaches can’t travel to recruit during the spring evaluation period and coaches can’t initiate phone contact with prospects.

To Dooley, the rules are a bit outdated.

“The ability to communicate today is so different than it was 15 years ago when the rules were structured,” he said.

Moreover, recruiting continues to move forward at a dramatic rate. Prospects once waited until the fall semester of their senior years to take trips to prospective schools. Then, trips to summer camps became more en vogue. Now, spring trips are a regular occurrence.

“The spring of the junior year is an incredibly important time for institutions and prospects to start thinking of where I want to go,” Dooley said. “Unless they come on campus, I have no ability to meet them, talk to them. You’re always trying to get them to call you. It’s a very difficult process.”

Dooley, however, doesn’t want the rules to revert back to the days when his father, Vince Dooley, was coaching at Georgia. Comparatively, contact was barely limited at all until the NCAA instituted more strict rules on coaches.

That led to coaches being on the road most of the off-season, which meant Dooley knows all too well what it’s like to have an absentee father. He doesn’t want to repeat that with his family.

“The calendar is pretty good for coaches with their families and balance,” Derek Dooley said. “I don’t want it to go back to how it was when my dad was recruiting.”

Dooley also understands that more contact means more intrusion on a young person’s life. However, he also sees the benefit of becoming more acquainted with a prospect to whom he’s extending a scholarship offer.

Dooley didn’t speak of specifics, but he admitted he’s been surprised plenty of times when a prospect shows up on campus. Often, that new player isn’t the prospect coaches hoped they knew in recruiting.

“It happens a lot,” Dooley said. “Some guys, you think are really introverted, they don’t say much. Then (you say) ‘Who is this guy?’ He’s talking. He’s dancing. He’s singing.”

Increased contact could specifically help Dooley, who has said he places a strong emphasis on character in recruiting.

“The better you know them,” Dooley said, “the less risk you have.”

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The Vols will host an offensive and defensive lineman camp for high school students on June 5, a youth (ages 8-14) camp June 7-9 and a specialist camp June 10-11.

UT’s high school individual instruction camps will be held June 13-16 and July 20-22.

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tennesseebee writes:

I'm not gonna say it, They can't make me say it, I absolutely, infatically, positively..oh, shoot, now I'm second!

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

Asking the NCAA to change any of their rules is like asking John Adams to admit to his Florida/Urban Meyer love affair.

tennesseebee writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

I'm not gonna say it, They can't make me say it, I absolutely, infatically, positively..oh, shoot, now I'm second!

Where are the Editors tonight? I was sure I was gonna get clobbered for the slaughter of the word 'emphatically', and I'm not so sure that is right either!LOL

tigervol77 writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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Hells yeah!

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to tigervol77:

Hells yeah!

Link, please. I don't trust anyone with the name "tiger" in their moniker. Surely you'll understand. :)

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to tigervol77:

Hells yeah!

Sorry, tigervol, that was meant for murfreesboroman! lol :) I apologize!

Cldvols1 writes:

Field of dream quote, "If you build it they will come" seems very fitting for CDD's motto on recruiting. I'm down wit it!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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Perhaps a very late April fool's joke.
On the other hand, if true, couldn't happen to a better team unless it would be two others we know !

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Stupid Saban, now there's the "Saban Rule"

Can't contact recruits in the dead period, but running into them "randomly" caused this......

But someone who's family lived YEAR-AFTER-YEAR in a flood zone with their house AND business don't seem to have sense......

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

.......
and queque FARRAGUT0406....
......

thevoice writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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It's the word on the streets. It's coming.

thevoice writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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$300,000 to Mr. Reggie Bush will do that.

NoSirRee writes:

Go vote in this poll. This may be the only thing we can will for a decade.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

DaddyVol writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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It has been proven time and time again that there is no such thing as a good inside source on this site.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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If true then after Kippin gets done with USC they will live the rest of their football lives on probation but couldnt happen to a better program.

volzcrushm writes:

very skeptical of this 'inside source' but, i sure would love to see it come true. DOWN WITH THE KIFF!!!!!!!

britt writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

Go vote in this poll. This may be the only thing we can will for a decade.
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/st...

ESPN bs at work here. Dont even have Reggie White in their top 5 Tennessee players

GoUTVols3 writes:

I was going to bring up the reggie white absense but britt beat me too it, ignorance/espn bias at work in that poll no doubt

OldSmokey writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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Wd the "Bones never lie" kind of put that over the top lol.

volunteers4life writes:

Wasnt the Defensive Rookie of the year season before last a vol also? Plus with 6 drafted this year and 1 in the top 5 picks not to mention we typically have a slew out there we should have beaten Ohio State. That is more ESPN BS right there. What a crock of Sh%t!

bigvol662004 writes:

I can understand CDD'S frustration with these outdated rules. One can only hope that the NCAA doesn't end up slamming someone for an "honest mistake" where these rules are concerned.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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You won't be the only one.

cloudodust writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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Also, Orgeron must be lashed to a homemade bamboo raft and set adrift in shark infested waters...

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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That would just shickle the tit out of me.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Haha

With all the redbull you would have flying sharks.

crimsonviper writes:

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sevenmaxims#354995 writes:

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The NCAA does not award a championship in D1 (BCS) football. There is no play-off. Therefore they cannot " take away" a tile awarded by the AP and / or the BCS.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to sevenmaxims#354995:

The NCAA does not award a championship in D1 (BCS) football. There is no play-off. Therefore they cannot " take away" a tile awarded by the AP and / or the BCS.

You are incorrect. The NCAA may not award the championships, but USC is an NCAA member, and those Championships can be forfeited

nola_vol writes:

in response to thevoice:

It's the word on the streets. It's coming.

In CIA parlance, there HAS been an uptick in the chatter out there.

If you're curious, googlesearch the words "usc football penalties" from the advanced search page, and choose the time limit "Past 24 hours"...

sampears writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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how could you have heard this if it is not announced yet? I will wait to do the witch doctor dance until it is confirmed....

tnsportsman writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

link to USC story,RR2
http://content.usatoday.com/communiti...

I hope the LA Times Reporter is right with his prediction on the USC probation! Thanks for the Yahoo Article.

We can only hope Friday USC and 'The Liar Surfer Dude' is in deep S--T!

GO VOLS!

Volunatic writes:

in response to cloudodust:

Also, Orgeron must be lashed to a homemade bamboo raft and set adrift in shark infested waters...

Does he at least get to have a case of Red Bull?

Volunatic writes:

in response to gnm53108:

Haha

With all the redbull you would have flying sharks.

Oh. I have my answer.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to AthensHomerDawg:

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So what's the point?

Georgia can have 30 5 stars and we see where that gets them lately.

jimr07 writes:

in response to cloudodust:

Also, Orgeron must be lashed to a homemade bamboo raft and set adrift in shark infested waters...

That has not been annouced. It is a rumor at this point. Just that, a rumor.

lahvolman2 writes:

for those of you who may be wondering why it took the ncaa 5 years to investigate usc,,they have NO subpoena power and can't force anyone to testify under oath........once the California judge said the guy could proceed with his case, then anyone involved,, including Pete Carroll,, could be subpoenaed and forced to testify under oath,, which he did. The man claimed all along that if Bush had only repaid the money he gave him,, he would have kept quiet... all comes with the price of the ticket... no pun intended!!!!

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to thevoice:

$300,000 to Mr. Reggie Bush will do that.

Let's see...which one is a bigger waste of money for SC: $300,000 to Reggie Bush with the possibility of probation and other issues down the road, or the $800,000 buyout payment to Tennessee to hire Lane Kiffin with the possibility of probation and other issues down the road?

Note to Kiffin: beware what you wish for (ie: SC job)...sometimes you get it. Even with all the questions about UT's immediate situation, the future sure looks better for the orange and white than for the maroon and gold.

bkgunter writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

I'm not gonna say it, They can't make me say it, I absolutely, infatically, positively..oh, shoot, now I'm second!

"Infatically?" Is that a dietary term ?

TLepage writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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fickle athletes (i.e. Markeith Ambles)......

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

If true then after Kippin gets done with USC they will live the rest of their football lives on probation but couldnt happen to a better program.

We can only hope! Also it could probably be said that Oregeron is full of bull.

Vol_Doc writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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Good point about the investment by the NCAA. If they weren't serious, why not just push in under the rug and save millions?

gnm53108 writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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Damn!

4 Million to p-off usc and kiffen....I'd do it for free.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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who cares if its true or not , Ga always has talent but does nothing with it.dont worry most of those recruits will go some place else before NSD.they get a committment but cant hold on to them.

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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The latest news about Brian Cushing and his suspected steroid usage makes it all look worse. Rumors are flying that he was using illegal substances at SC, and that makes the entire Pete Carroll era smell like garbage. The Cushing stuff won't be in the NCAA report, but it's apparent that Carroll or someone in that program blatantly disregarded the rules and did so over a 5 or 6 year span.

But, the NCAA and the Pac- 10 need USC for the West Coast TV revenue; let's face it: unless Oregon or Washington goes on a serious run of 10 to 12 win seasons, there's not a team farther west than Texas that really matters in the grand scheme of things. The NCAA does not want that to happen.

Volunatic writes:

in response to gnm53108:

Damn!

4 Million to p-off usc and kiffen....I'd do it for free.

You're a good man for Volunteering like that.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to fourthbestinseceast:

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Cant argue cause urban has had a good run against us,although Tennessee has feilded some of our worst teams since he took the reins of reptileville.

In that span we've lost to woming,vanderbuilt,a BAD ucla team,and others.Did I mention vanderbuilt?Get your punches in while you can.

The Vols will be back...And alot sooner than most think.

cloudodust writes:

in response to AthensHomerDawg:

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I'm sure you read Mr CFB on the ajc. That forum is a good one for all comers, but if you spin thru the Junkyard Blawg, as a rule, we outsiders aren't welcome unless we sing the praises of the Holy Hedges. As for your list, I try to wait until the recruit is inked before gloating. Things can change quickly from committ status to inking status...Da'Rick Rogers ring a bell..?

TLepage writes:

in response to cloudodust:

I'm sure you read Mr CFB on the ajc. That forum is a good one for all comers, but if you spin thru the Junkyard Blawg, as a rule, we outsiders aren't welcome unless we sing the praises of the Holy Hedges. As for your list, I try to wait until the recruit is inked before gloating. Things can change quickly from committ status to inking status...Da'Rick Rogers ring a bell..?

no, he spends all of his time on UT sites, because he is jealous and doesn't have a life....

murrayvol writes:

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Slipped one under the radar Doc. Well played.

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