The SEC office won't be hearing from Derek Dooley anytime soon.
Dooley said Sunday that he watched Saturday's chaotic next-to-last play, which featured 13 Vols defenders on the field and ultimately led to the team's 16-14 loss to LSU, "about 150 times." Dooley said the "administration maybe could have been a little different," in terms of how much time officials allowed the Vols to respond to LSU's frantic substitution.
At the end of the day, though, UT still had 13 players on the field.
"If I could say we did everything right on our end and the outcome didn't go our way, maybe I've got something to gripe about," Dooley said on his weekly teleconference. "But we're ultimately responsible for doing our part and we didn't do our part the way it needed to be done."
Twenty-four hours after the devastating loss, which dropped UT to 2-3 (0-2 SEC) as it prepares for Saturday's game at Georgia, Dooley said "everybody is hurting pretty good today, as they should be."
"We have to look at ourselves and see what we all could have done better to change the outcome of the game," Dooley said. "There were certainly a lot of things prior to the end we could have executed better.
"It's something you've got to learn from and be aware of. You've got to be able to handle it. Good teams handle it and we didn't."