John Adams: Dooley needs to win over more than recruits

Tennessee football is in the midst of its quiet season.

That's not a reference to the Vols sitting out what is known in mainstream college football as bowl season. Nor am I referring to UT's recruiting, which recently has made noise, both good and bad.

There's hardly a peep emanating from the UT football office.

The silence is not a new development. When coach Derek Dooley was hired in January of 2010 to replace Lane Kiffin, he had an introductory media conference, then — in the eyes of some fans — fell off the planet.

The coach figured he had more pressing concerns than reassuring a traumatized fan base through a media conduit. He was intent on salvaging what was left of the recruiting class Kiffin abruptly left behind on his sudden dash to Southern California.

Last December might have been similarly silent if the Music City Bowl hadn't come calling. The game postponed UT's quiet season to January, as Dooley and his staff again immersed themselves in recruiting.

Fans didn't need as much soothing between the bowl game and national signing day a year ago. The team had finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak. The bowl game ended with an agonizing and controversial loss but didn't detract from the progress the program had made in the second half of Dooley's first season.

The current silence is more unsettling. Fans are still sifting through the rubble of a 5-7 season, still wondering how UT could lose to a Kentucky team that on its bleakest 2011 Saturdays drew comparisons to the worst teams in recent SEC history and was so impaired by injury against UT that it had to entrust its offense to a wide receiver who hadn't played quarterback since high school.

The end of a 26-game winning streak against a long-accommodating rival was jolting enough. Then came the follow-up Tennessee player quotes, which suggested this wasn't one big happy family. Two assistant coaches have left, one without a job and another for a similar position at Washington State.

But since the postgame Kentucky news conference, Dooley has had little interaction with the media, other than to say that — despite one local television report and rampant rumors — star wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was still on the team.

Dooley can't address every rumor. His point of emphasis should be on recruiting, not pacifying agitated fans. But he shouldn't ignore the Big Orange elephant in the room, either.

UT fans are terribly disenchanted. The Vols will return the large majority of their starters in 2012. The schedule will be easier. Those factors normally foster optimism. Not now.

Dooley can't overturn the result in Lexington. He can't restore the confidence of every fan.

He could elevate the general mood, though. He could help himself in the process.

I've always thought coaches should sum up a season beyond an immediate postgame assessment. They should give their take on what went right, what went wrong and how those rights and wrongs might apply to the next season.

That would play to Dooley's strengths. As a rule, he's candid, informative and entertaining in media settings. He could address the state of his program and sell it at the same time.

As important as recruits are, they aren't the only ones who need to be sold.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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troubleinc writes:

yawn

DroopyDrawers writes:

Here you go again!

RashaadSalabeb writes:

I don't have a problem with silent. Sometimes silent is a good thing. We will be fine no matter what the doomsday folks say. This is going to be a a slower rebuild than most of us want but we should see a big improvement next year. We've got to work hard, recruit hard and stay positive. Our team don't know how to win right now. That will come. Teams that win...make it happen. Teams that lose allow it to happen.

I will be there either way! Go Vols! No more excuses....just win.

frblalack writes:

Still trying to sell newspapers with your "prickish" attitude, huh John?

I could be wrong, but I don't think you're endearing yourself to the Vol fan base.

Why not just....support Coach Dooley? Or maybe that wouldn't sell enough newspapers?

I yearn for the journalist/reporter of the ilk of John Ward...but then how would the KNS know what to do with that much CLASS? I haven't seen the least feeble attempt from you to unify Vol support for our Coach...not that your opinion doesn't matter because you're still getting paid. It must matter to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Good for you John, but wouldn't the University be better served if you got the "Bill Battle" inuendo? Rapid early retirement and relocation post haste.

I wish you no ill will, and Merry Christmas! But I also would prefer you were writing for Auburn, or LSU, or Florida....but then who could know judging by the drivel. Your protege Andrew Drivel also weighs in on the negative far too much for my taste!

All Vols - All the time - Vol for Life

Moesart writes:

Stop WHINING about the freakin' KY game already.

VolFanUSNavy writes:

I totally get the silence and the nose to the grindstone routine but to be honest... I would love to get some news. Something like "Our new offensive coordinator is..." would be great news.

wigmeister writes:

All you are trying to do is stir up a bunch of bad feeling with your journalistic drivel! Go find another school to write about. Getting tired of negative hometown paper cr-p. Move to Kentucky. See how your attitude goes up there.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to VolFanUSNavy:

I totally get the silence and the nose to the grindstone routine but to be honest... I would love to get some news. Something like "Our new offensive coordinator is..." would be great news.

Better yet, some enterprising reporter should call up one of those departing coaches and/or players and ask some questions on/off the record. Much more useful than pontificating John.

VolMoment writes:

KNS Headlines for 2012:
JOHN ADAMS NEEDS TO WIN OVER MORE THAN HIS WIFE! Since all he can do is write stupid articles to try and degrade someone, he needs to try and win some readers over. Why, because he is on his way out with the readers. All righty!!! And his wife is deserting him.

UTKin1992 writes:

Adams didn't say anything that isn't true. It's obvious that most of you live in a fantasy world of denial. And unicorns.

VolfanClinton writes:

Fire Dooley !! Get Kiffin back

frblalack writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

Adams didn't say anything that isn't true. It's obvious that most of you live in a fantasy world of denial. And unicorns.

UTK '65 till present...Vol For Life!

As a former educator, your comments only magnify the true core lack of understanding exhibited by your peers. You've missed the point! It's not about attitudes or opinions from sportswriters; it's about Marketing...101.

You are a Moron!

Southland writes:

I do not like a lot Adams has to say even when he is correct. He is dead on in this article. Dooley really should be selling the fans on a better future. The empty seats from the past few seasons will only increase because not only because the product on the field has been poor but so has the connection with the fanbase. Of course with a season like this years I guess I would be laying low if I had been responsible for it. Dooley needs to talk to us and give us something to look forward to. His recruiting has been good now if the players can be coached to be a team and to play their best as a team and not as a bunch of egos that care little for anything other than their own accomplishments. But, it is also very refreshing to not see UT players being arrested on a regular basis.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Weird JA article.

per usual.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

What is there, really to say right now? Trying to cajole him him in to talking about this past season a bit warmed over, given that we all saw it, it is old news, and we need to get on with the next step. The coaching staff is out there recruiting...That's what they are doing...And that's what they need to be doing. And making sure the players are getting ready for the next semester and have a plan to stay in shape and prepare for next season. We will have a good recruiting class. Maybe a very good one. right now we are #10 in the country. If we have 3 or 4 more very good hits we could move up....Not sure how much, but maybe to 5, 6 or 7th. We could use a major hit at several positions....Running back seems to be the big area where we are the thinnest. The ones we have have athletic ability. But they have to put aside their dreams of quon and realize that if they don't adopt Peyton-like work habits they will not realize their dreams. Right now they are not hitting the holes. They are not being effective. The line is not being effective either at run blocking, but they will go a lot better with some help. Bray needs to get serious about football and life or he will be in the insurance business in California, instead of the NFL. Tennessee quarterbacks help get us to championships....Not chicks and bling. He is not giving it his all. He is supposedly a good guy, but with the thin surrounding cast, he will have to to perform at a much higher level in order to get us over the hump. We are at a critical point. This is now year three. We are supposed to be beating everyone on our schedule. We had Alabama as our play toy for years and now they have beating us for a while. Is that the way we want it? Florida owns us. Until we beat them 4 or 5 times in a row, we won't even get their attention. It's a joke to them. Also, we used to get stronger as the year went on. Now we don't even get better as the game goes along. We now have a foothold to being and getting back to where we belong. To the players: We need a few jucos and we need a few more players to realize that this is more important and chasing tail. Because the tail doesn't like losers....And 5-7 is not a winner. How are you perceiving yourself right now? That because you compete in the best conference in the country you are somehow automatically elite? Well, we are not perceived to be elite. Because we don't work hard enough....Work harder. Help get some of your talented buddies to come to school here. Get on board. Or get off and go to MTSU or Kaintuck. They tell themselves it's alright to lose...They rationalize and get through that way....If that's what you want.....You are in the wrong place. Make your mind up right now.....Go Big................................Or go the frig home. And if you stay............Bust it......Help the guy beside your bust it.....And never look back again....You are a Volunteer........Act like it..............Late..............

frblalack writes:

in response to Southland:

I do not like a lot Adams has to say even when he is correct. He is dead on in this article. Dooley really should be selling the fans on a better future. The empty seats from the past few seasons will only increase because not only because the product on the field has been poor but so has the connection with the fanbase. Of course with a season like this years I guess I would be laying low if I had been responsible for it. Dooley needs to talk to us and give us something to look forward to. His recruiting has been good now if the players can be coached to be a team and to play their best as a team and not as a bunch of egos that care little for anything other than their own accomplishments. But, it is also very refreshing to not see UT players being arrested on a regular basis.

I would love for every game to be a sellout. But it seems as though you would actually fault Coach Dooley for empty seats...Kind sir, respectfully, I hope you are kidding! We may sell out every game, and I REALLY hope we do! But in the electronic/cyber/instant gratification driven community which now exists...is it "reasonable" to expect a sellout for every game from a "rebuilding" team?

We Will BE Champions Again! Pleaaaase...a little patience, common sense, and reasonable expectations would be greatly appreciated!

I believe we are in the process of building a program which will compete favorably with all the elite in the country...LSU, ALABAMA, Southern Cal, Boise, Oklahoma, etc. Of Course I know we play against the VERY BEST football programs in the country in the SEC.

It is my hope that the VOL faithful will realize what a gem we have in Coach Dooley! Surely no one can ignore the success of his recruits at La Tech this year.

Just a true Vol fan...thick & thin...for over 40 years....my comments are just those...only comments...But I believe what I say, and I sincerely hope our administration will give us a chance to be great again! Fan support would be okay, too.

All Vols-All the Time-Vol for Life-Vol Forever!

oldster writes:

I cannot imagine what Dooley could say that would make me feel better about the past season. I did not expect much, and got less, even, than that. I would much prefer he spend his efforts in trying to upgrade the talent on the team, making efforts to improve the attitudes of certain "stars," and find someway to get our O line to act with agression towards large defensive linemen and linebackers on run plays. I have persevered through bad times in the Vol program before: a) the end of the Single Wing eral, b) Jim McDonald's one year disaster, c) Bill Battle's destruction of what Doug Dickey had built, and d) the first few years of Johnny Majors' tenure. All of those ended ... eventually. Please note that each recovery took more than a few years and there were fewer restrictions on recruiting. This is going to be a long, long road back.

oldster writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

Adams didn't say anything that isn't true. It's obvious that most of you live in a fantasy world of denial. And unicorns.

Oh,no, UTK, anyone who speaks the truth about the Vol football program is perceived as being negative by most of the posters. The fact is that it is not the observations that are negative, but what is being observed, to-wit: the program to which we have given our loyalty and love.

oldster writes:

in response to frblalack:

UTK '65 till present...Vol For Life!

As a former educator, your comments only magnify the true core lack of understanding exhibited by your peers. You've missed the point! It's not about attitudes or opinions from sportswriters; it's about Marketing...101.

You are a Moron!

Marketing for whom? Mr. Adams' "controversial" editorials sell newspapers and make money for his employer. Ergo, he is doing a find marketing job. He does not work for the University of Tennessee and, therefore, owes it nothing except some minimal level of journalistic competence (and that is about all he ever gives). He certainly does not have any incentive to help them sell tickets to sporting events.
BTW: If you spoke to your students as you do to people who post things which with you disagree, I am sure that they would all have given you a failing grade as an educator.

jasvol writes:

I like the silence...Let the coaches and players get their 'noses to the grindstone' and focus on becoming stronger, smarter, meaner and bringing in the best player's regardless of need.

TommyJack writes:

I'm guessing Hart told CDD to STFU.

GerryOP writes:

Nothing Coach Dooley could say would change what we saw in '11. Coach KNOWS what he has to do. Next checkpoint ... 2/1/12.

OrangePride writes:

I'm OK with silence right now out of the UT Football Offices...especially if that silence is the result of all their effort and focus being on doing everything possible to improve the recruiting class with a few more good bodies. I would like February to be our breakout month in terms of reselling the program and the enthusiasm of the fan base. Let's see a great class. Let's hear of some coaching shifts that talk to an improved offense. The defense over-achieved last year, so now if we can hold onto that and jump-start the O, we will have a very energized team and fan base going into 2012. All of this said, Adams is right that between now and next season a GREAT marketing and sales job will need to be undertaken to erase the end of 2011........but it certainly can be done and it starts with "signing day...not a bunch of empty rah rah talk right now." GO VOLS!

tennrich1 writes:

I not a "slamming on Adams" kinda guy but I need to understand something...are you and OP-Ed writer or a reporter just reporting the news. Because if you are I could not care less about.... "I've always thought coaches should sum up a season beyond an immediate postgame assessment. They should give their take on what went right, what went wrong and how those rights and wrongs might apply to the next season."
What YOU think makes absolutely no difference to me and you've been in this game long enough you should know better!!!!

skyhawk836 writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

Adams didn't say anything that isn't true. It's obvious that most of you live in a fantasy world of denial. And unicorns.

My unicorn is offended.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to frblalack:

UTK '65 till present...Vol For Life!

As a former educator, your comments only magnify the true core lack of understanding exhibited by your peers. You've missed the point! It's not about attitudes or opinions from sportswriters; it's about Marketing...101.

You are a Moron!

An educator that calls someone a moron for having a differing opinion? Well, that certainly explains a lot about the pathetic state of public education.

volmania_82 writes:

how does adams sucker me back in to reading his garbage??? GBO...

frblalack writes:

in response to oldster:

Marketing for whom? Mr. Adams' "controversial" editorials sell newspapers and make money for his employer. Ergo, he is doing a find marketing job. He does not work for the University of Tennessee and, therefore, owes it nothing except some minimal level of journalistic competence (and that is about all he ever gives). He certainly does not have any incentive to help them sell tickets to sporting events.
BTW: If you spoke to your students as you do to people who post things which with you disagree, I am sure that they would all have given you a failing grade as an educator.

"Marketing for whom"? Surely you jest!

Never mind. I am not and will not reply again to the most "ill-informed".

see ya'...wouldn't wanta be ya'

Have your neurologist check on your axons and dendrites...see Javier Bardem and Woody Harrelson in "NO COUNTRY"!

Vol for Life

kcbigorngX writes:

Hey John, is it really necessary to write an entire column just because your feelings are hurt over not getting any phone calls returned?

Please grow up.....and while you're at it get your shtick out of the shpit bucket.

BolivrBob writes:

Good strategy. I believe we've been in the news enough. Trying to "explain" things is not a healthy platform. Keep your mouth shut and show us on the field next season with experience and an easier schedule. Next season is nut cutting time.

DroopyDrawers writes:

in response to frblalack:

Still trying to sell newspapers with your "prickish" attitude, huh John?

I could be wrong, but I don't think you're endearing yourself to the Vol fan base.

Why not just....support Coach Dooley? Or maybe that wouldn't sell enough newspapers?

I yearn for the journalist/reporter of the ilk of John Ward...but then how would the KNS know what to do with that much CLASS? I haven't seen the least feeble attempt from you to unify Vol support for our Coach...not that your opinion doesn't matter because you're still getting paid. It must matter to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Good for you John, but wouldn't the University be better served if you got the "Bill Battle" inuendo? Rapid early retirement and relocation post haste.

I wish you no ill will, and Merry Christmas! But I also would prefer you were writing for Auburn, or LSU, or Florida....but then who could know judging by the drivel. Your protege Andrew Drivel also weighs in on the negative far too much for my taste!

All Vols - All the time - Vol for Life

Endearing my arrse. He must be broke for buying the awards he has won or says he won. It was for the arrsehole of the year.

Where is the moving van?

wycoller writes:

More tripe from the King of Tripe.

Vol43 writes:

in response to oldster:

I cannot imagine what Dooley could say that would make me feel better about the past season. I did not expect much, and got less, even, than that. I would much prefer he spend his efforts in trying to upgrade the talent on the team, making efforts to improve the attitudes of certain "stars," and find someway to get our O line to act with agression towards large defensive linemen and linebackers on run plays. I have persevered through bad times in the Vol program before: a) the end of the Single Wing eral, b) Jim McDonald's one year disaster, c) Bill Battle's destruction of what Doug Dickey had built, and d) the first few years of Johnny Majors' tenure. All of those ended ... eventually. Please note that each recovery took more than a few years and there were fewer restrictions on recruiting. This is going to be a long, long road back.

A long, long road back. You sound as if you're looking forward to it. Isn't that right sunshine?

BSweet writes:

Let's summarize the situation. Adams and a large portion of the media are butthurt because their always negative slant on UT has led to them no longer getting information. Makes it kinda hard to do your job when you alienate the people you're supposed to be reporting on. Karma has just bit you in the rear.

What is there to say about the season that we don't already know? NSD is really just a pitstop on the way to next season. I hope we sign a good class, but more important is winning next year. Wins make fans happy. Happy fans equals coach keeping his job. Wow, reporting really is that simple.

deputy658 writes:

If Adams is going to write anything at all it should be to try and make the fans to understand what has caused this trainwreck that is UT football. How about some history of the failed recruiting classes of Phulmer and Kiffen and how that CDD started this season with only 66 scholarship players and that was before suffering the injuries. Does anybody think if Bama or LSU had to play the season with only 66 players and only 5 of their seniors that either team would be in the BCS title game?
Adams headline for Dec. 2012, UT wins SEC Championship but stench of 2011 Kentucky loss lingers in the nostrils. GO VOLS!!!!!!!!

manniesghost1903 writes:

The sports writers at KNS and the Tennessean only have one goal in mind. In case you haven't noticed its to stir up orange lynch mobs against UT head football coaches, past, present and future.

That being said, I have to admit I do have problems with Derek Dooley which I have voiced before. Under pressure, he appears to react rather than act. Coach Dooley does not seem to adjust to meet adversity and continues the same types of strategy when his remaining talent does not appear to support the initial "game plan." For example, when his starter Tyler Bray went down he inserted Simms and Worley without developing an alternate offense which used their individual strengths rather than a plan that exposed their weaknesses.

Not giving attention to detail by allowing 13 defensive players on the field in critical situations. (not once but twice which caused victories to turn into defeats).

Worst of all, reports from graduating seniors which indicated there is dissension among some of the underclass members of the team.

With the lack of depth and talent among reserves, this displays a picture of some talented underclass players taking over because their dismissal would result in an even greater disparity between UT and its opponents.

I know many of you feel it would be a mistake to "fire" Coach Dooley if the 2012 season proves to be as fruitless as 2011. However, Derek Dooley has shown traits in his management style which I believe make a him a liability as Head Coach in the SEC.

skyhawk836 writes:

You seriously think an alternate offense can be installed in a week?
Dang, you ghosts' really do live in a parallel universe.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Too often, football becomes a game of words and talking. But as the old saying goes: Actions speak louder than words.

Damien Jacobs: "Things that made me change my mind about Tennessee….well, they lost a lot of games that probably they shouldn’t have lost that they should have played better in."

At the end of the day, it's all about wins and losses and not quotes from a press conference. Dooley is doing exactly what he needs to be doing. Go get McCullers and Patterson, and try to hold onto the highly rated guys that are committed like McNeil. Frankly after this last season, I'm not going to buy into Dooley until we beat the Florida's, LSU's, and Georgia's of the world. And that won't change with a press conference.

Bigger_Al writes:

I think Dooley's position should allow the KNS to fire Adams, at least for a while. Think any other SEC territory would hire him?

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

Good article. Very accurate. Too bad the fans want to shoot the messenger. The truth hurts. And the truth is: ut football is a joke and the rest of the college football world enjoys the comedy. Now let's go win that bowl game! Oh wait......

Volumnus writes:

John, when you get a new shipment of Peyote Buttons, it is best to let them dry for a long time or roast them really well before using. And it might be wise to not use them while or before writing articles. Hallucinations and visions are by products of these buttons, and while it is extremely obvious that you are fond of them, your cogent writing skills do suffer when you are using. But then again you could sign on as a freelance writer for the Navajo news or the Pueblo times.....just a thought.

frblalack writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

The sports writers at KNS and the Tennessean only have one goal in mind. In case you haven't noticed its to stir up orange lynch mobs against UT head football coaches, past, present and future.

That being said, I have to admit I do have problems with Derek Dooley which I have voiced before. Under pressure, he appears to react rather than act. Coach Dooley does not seem to adjust to meet adversity and continues the same types of strategy when his remaining talent does not appear to support the initial "game plan." For example, when his starter Tyler Bray went down he inserted Simms and Worley without developing an alternate offense which used their individual strengths rather than a plan that exposed their weaknesses.

Not giving attention to detail by allowing 13 defensive players on the field in critical situations. (not once but twice which caused victories to turn into defeats).

Worst of all, reports from graduating seniors which indicated there is dissension among some of the underclass members of the team.

With the lack of depth and talent among reserves, this displays a picture of some talented underclass players taking over because their dismissal would result in an even greater disparity between UT and its opponents.

I know many of you feel it would be a mistake to "fire" Coach Dooley if the 2012 season proves to be as fruitless as 2011. However, Derek Dooley has shown traits in his management style which I believe make a him a liability as Head Coach in the SEC.

Man...you seem to understand there were some problems...duh? Before we pass judgement on Coach let's see what 2012 brings. Doesn't anyone remember with a healthy Hunter (in my opinion the best wide receiver in college football) we practically beat an LSU team in Baton Rouge?

Can we just agree to give Coach Dooley a fair chance? The guy's got what it takes! BELIEVE!

Seriously, let's STOP THE NEGATIVITY AND GET BEHIND OUR COACH...Seriously, what in the hell did trashing the team you want to win EVER accomplish?

I'ved stay up late....really late for the Eastern time zone....wish I was back in Knoxville
or Hawkins/Sullivan County....but I want to get my point across. If we pull together & support our team, Coach (a great coach in my opinion), and administration, we can achieve GREAT THINGS!

I'm going to sell some property & move home to East Tennessee or North Carolina, but my blood is orange since 1965!

All Vols-All the Time- Vol for Life- Vol Forever!

and go Church Hill Panthers! And Cam Clear and Jarnell Stokes!!! GBO!!!!!!

abnerPeabody writes:

The Church Hill Panthers are gone and have been for many years.Where have you been since around 1984? Volunteer Falcons replaced Church Hill Panthers.

frblalack writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

The Church Hill Panthers are gone and have been for many years.Where have you been since around 1984? Volunteer Falcons replaced Church Hill Panthers.

living regretfully in Northern Missiissippi and Western Tennessee. Best years in east Tn & east N.C.

Old man - vol in 65 - Hawkins County Vol in 77+

frblalack writes:

in response to abnerPeabody:

The Church Hill Panthers are gone and have been for many years.Where have you been since around 1984? Volunteer Falcons replaced Church Hill Panthers.

The best years of this old man's life were spent in Church Hill, TN. Newlywed teacher, good knees, and a fairly good Cross Country Coach. The guys I trained with went 1, 2, & 3 in our conference track meet!
I took the guys to the Asheville Thomas Wolfe 10k and they made me proud; they excelled! At that time, Church Hill was probably the best place in the country to raise your children! And I must say I was a pretty dang good teacher! Mr. Blalack, Distributive Education! We had the best DECA organization in the state of Tennessee!

frblalack writes:

in response to frblalack:

living regretfully in Northern Missiissippi and Western Tennessee. Best years in east Tn & east N.C.

Old man - vol in 65 - Hawkins County Vol in 77+

Furthermore I went on to be a college teacher and marathon runner whose best friend qualified for the Olympics in 1980. Unfortunately I blew out my lateral meniscus during a twenty mile training run in 1980. My friend's college roommate ran 2:16 or 2:19 at Montreal in 1980. I was proud to have trained with him.

thevoice writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I'm guessing Hart told CDD to STFU.

+1

cloudodust writes:

Storyline reads like a jilt from a media perspective. Guess CDD advised himself not to speak to the press. Good advice, IMHO...

dgcarter43 writes:

The only thing that will win over UT fans is wins. There's nothing wrong with fans being disappointed at this point in CDD's record at UT. The Vols beat a better team the first game of the season than they lost to the last game. Understandably, they lost the best receiver they had but still had Darick, Arnett, and a capable tight end to go to. With Bray back, the effort against Ky. was unacceptable and the bottom line is, it falls on the shoulders of the head coach. 2012 is a must win situation for Dooley or this "Dooley Supporter" will be ready for a change.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

Good article. Very accurate. Too bad the fans want to shoot the messenger. The truth hurts. And the truth is: ut football is a joke and the rest of the college football world enjoys the comedy. Now let's go win that bowl game! Oh wait......

WDD, you are a bigger joke. Trolling this site at 1:17 am. Get a life "summers eve"

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