Derek Dooley channels Shakespeare during scrimmage review

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley looks on as his team stretches during practice at Haslam Field Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley looks on as his team stretches during practice at Haslam Field Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Dooley gets Shakespearean with the Vols

While his team broke down the film of Tuesday's scrimmage during Wednesday's off day, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley pulled out a copy of William Shakespeare's "Richard III."

Somehow, Dooley found a way to relate a passage from the tragedy to the small mistakes that led to botched plays in the first scrimmage of the fall.

"For want of a horseshoe nail: one little horseshoe nail can bring down a whole kingdom," Dooley said this morning. "That's what it did back in the 1400s. Just like stepping with your right foot six inches could cause a guy to get on the edge, which causes the quarterback to get a little flustered, the exchange goes bad, fumble, turnover, touchdown.

"Every little detail of your technique and assignment can impact the game. We've got a long way to go."

This morning, the Vols ran through the first half of their first two-a-day of camp at Haslam Field. They wore full pads during the two-hour practice and will don shoulder pads and shorts for the evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

"They came after it pretty good, and we have plenty of time to recover," Dooley said. "We get two meals in them. We don't do the morning-afternoon deal - we do the morning and night, which allows them get a good meal after practice, recover and then another meal, which helps the recovery process."

UT continued to tinker with the order of its offensive line, as Notre Dame transfer Alex Bullard worked at left guard during the early portions of practice. Since he arrived in the spring, Bullard has worked at all three positions on the offensive line — tackle, center and guard.

"Since I've been playing college football, that's where I've spent most of time," Bullard said. "I went spring at center and tackle. Finally, I'm playing the guard position here. Guard in this offense is a little bit different than what I'm used to doing, but I feel comfortable at that position."

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drgreear writes:

I bet cantstandsaban doesn't even know who Shakespeare is because he's a dumbazz

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor already try to nail horseshoes on feet of warriors...Witch Doctor say this Shakespeare guy clearly not know how to motivate for battle. Witch Doctor say Missionaries won big that day...Witch Doctor now baptized!
Bones never lie.

jjsteel writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor already try to nail horseshoes on feet of warriors...Witch Doctor say this Shakespeare guy clearly not know how to motivate for battle. Witch Doctor say Missionaries won big that day...Witch Doctor now baptized!
Bones never lie.

baptismal good

FearTheVols1252 writes:

This is why Dooley will ultimately be a good coach... his attention to details.

westknoxrepub writes:

in response to drgreear:

I bet cantstandsaban doesn't even know who Shakespeare is because he's a dumbazz

and yet there's a line from Shakespeare that fits CSS perfectly:
"Tis a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing"

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Whatthehellsgoingonoutthere:

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Witch Doctor saving up for Segways.
Bones never lie.

orangegrass writes:

Do these kid even know who Shakespeare is? Good point though with a very clear message. Fundamentals win close games. Without them you have LSU AND NC to lament over.

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

Shakespeare, I'm not sure this group is up for that mentally. It was just a few years ago, when one UT Sophomore, when asked on live radio who General Neyland was, explain that he was a famous General in the Civil War.

VOLliven2it writes:

There's a lot of work to be done and the season is fast approaching. Our team will be fine and we will see the result of hard work, good coaching and players willing to play their hearts out. It'll be tough but we will not be disappointed.

VolGrad writes:

Sounds like an apt analogy on Dooley's part. I keep remembering the sequence of events that led up to Ratliff's fumble recovery against the Razorbacks in '98, ultimate victory and eventual NC.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor already try to nail horseshoes on feet of warriors...Witch Doctor say this Shakespeare guy clearly not know how to motivate for battle. Witch Doctor say Missionaries won big that day...Witch Doctor now baptized!
Bones never lie.

Baptisim never lie my friend

NeylandWest writes:

in response to VOODOOley-2011:

Shakespeare, I'm not sure this group is up for that mentally. It was just a few years ago, when one UT Sophomore, when asked on live radio who General Neyland was, explain that he was a famous General in the Civil War.

That would've been none other than Jamal Lewis. I cringed when I heard that.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

Baptisim never lie my friend

Witch Doctor have to agree but Witch Doctor notice they did hold under water a little longer than everyone else.
Bones never lie.

VolMoment writes:

in response to VOODOOley-2011:

Shakespeare, I'm not sure this group is up for that mentally. It was just a few years ago, when one UT Sophomore, when asked on live radio who General Neyland was, explain that he was a famous General in the Civil War.

You are correct. I won' name him but I know who it was. He is a good person and had a great pro career.

Vol86 writes:

Why not start these guys out with "The Cat in the Hat." What lessons did that teach us. but go vols.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Witch Doctor say how noble to be offended on a sports board. wow.
Bones never lie.

CrankE writes:

Now is the nail classified as an "extra benefit?" How about the service of the farrier? Or the horseshoe itself?

Hopefully, we're not trying to be like the Germans at Normandy beach anymore.

Details matter. Ask Billy Ratliff.

Vol86 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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You might get what you wish for. You might not like it though.

keviningeorgia writes:

Read me some more ahh that Spearshaker book an gimme ahhnuthur ah them BIG ORANGE Nehis an ahh moonpie!

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to PatientlyWaiting:

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Are you patiently waiting for the surgeon to finish your lobotomy?

1965Vol writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Say what? Kiffin was never a Gamecock.

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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So to shorten your post, you are here because you are a moron with no life.

Rockytop38 writes:

in response to 1965Vol:

Say what? Kiffin was never a Gamecock.

Ha Ha Ha You're right! There is a difference between USC and SC. Go Vols!

CarbonCopy (Inactive) writes:

in response to 1965Vol:

Say what? Kiffin was never a Gamecock.

You are half wrong about that my friend

VolinCalif writes:

in response to CarbonCopy:

You are half wrong about that my friend

Heee Hee. frist half wrong

1965Vol writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Well, you and your lil' GataFellar pals would know about "way too carried away with being cute." Most of the junk you clowns post is "way too carried away with being cute." Or maybe your posts are just plain trash.

Chartervol writes:

in response to PatientlyWaiting:

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It is one of the frustrations of my life that so many people think football players can't be big, fast and smart at the same time. Big, fast, smart players beat big, fast, dumb players just about every time.

It's a university! William Shakespeare has been taught at UT since 1794. Haslam Field IS Dooley's classroom. Hooray for Dooley for using an educated example to make an educated point about why detail matters.

Haven't we all been driven crazy over the past decade at the missed tackles, the muffed punts, the punts fielded inside the 10, the poorly run pass routes, the missed blitz pickups, the whiffed blocks, the botched handoffs, the failures to stay in kickoff lanes, the blown timeouts to correct alignments, watching low-trajectory field goal attempts dribble back upfield, and on and on? All those things are failure to pay attention to detail -- for want of a nail. Exactly, coach. Exactly!

pms151 writes:

I would say most of the players, student athletes know about Mr. Shakespeare. I doubt though that the majority of the posters who say they don't have ever been to a literature class at UTK. If you want to allude to the educational difficulties many of the student athletes have please look at your own before making an a.. of yourself here.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Vandy isn't even in the top 50? Man, for the money those mommy's and daddy's pay, you'd think they could at least get in the top 30. That's pretty hilarious. So you guys are at the VERY bottom in football, and you can't even break into the Top 50 in academics? HAHAHAHA that's absolutely pathetic!!!!

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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And those players will still make money than 99% of the VU grads....so the real question is not the rank, but is it worth the money?

NOPE

keviningeorgia writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Naw, Muschamp is too busy running back and forth SCREAMING THE SAME THING at his players over and over and over playing up to the ESPN camera. Wouldn't have been as bad if he was actually TEACHING instead of hounding and trying to act like he's in charge. Looked like a pee wee coach trying to impress his girlfriend and show he can do it like the big high school coaches do.

bigtimevol writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Me Thinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much!

1965Vol writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Sounds like our lil' DCGataFellar is letting his good buddy lil' ZZGataFellar write his posts. He's spewing the same silly nonsense lil' ZZ spews.

Ya' know lil' DC, you keep dredging up how Little Willie turned down megabucks from UT and he spurned us. Well, tell us lil' DC how is it that Little WIllie claims he was nevr interviewed by UT, was never offered a job by UT, and never discussed $$$s with UT? Your little bitty buddy lil' ZZ can give you the links for those stories. Didn't your momma ever teach about the sins of lyin'?

Volunatic writes:

Coach Dooley was clearly impressed with my apropos Shakespeare quote on the Woolridge article.

Vol43 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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I've heard of man love, but this is a little over the top if you know what I mean. Seriously dude you might want to read your stuff before you hit the button. But then, maybe you did. Look out Layla

1965Vol writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Naw, it was more like:

Little Willie: Could I please speak with Mr. Hamilton?

UTAD Receptionist: Could I tell Mr. Hamilton what you're calling about?

Little Willie: Well ... ummmm ... errr .... I was hoping I could talk to Mr. Hmilton about the current HC job opening at UT.

UTAD Receptionist: Mr. Little Willie, Mr. Hamilton has told us to let you know that you do not qualify for the job ... you have no experience as head coach of a major D-1 football team. He suggests you call G'ville, FL. Rumor has it that lil' Urbie Meyer is going to quit ... walk off ... skip town ... quit ... and their job opening does not require head coaching experience.

Little Willie: No, no I'm not inquiring for myself, I know I'm not qualified. I was calling recommending my good friend Derek Dooley. He meets all of your quals.

UTAD Receptionist: Thank you very much Mr. Little Willie. I'll let Mr.Hamilton know that you called.

That's how it went down.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

I love when the moron trolls rag on CDD.

It's just more undeniable PROOF of how much they really DO FEAR him and our Vols coming back.

Cry on troll babies.

VFL...GO BIG ORANGE!!!

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