Derek Dooley ready to stop talking, start working

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley talks with reporters during Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, Thursday, July 21, 2011,  in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley talks with reporters during Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, Thursday, July 21, 2011, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

There were hours of interviews last week at SEC Media Days.

From there, Derek Dooley went straight to an event with fans in Nashville to share even more thoughts on his Tennessee team.

Then there was the second appearance in a little more than a month for the Vols coach on the campus of ESPN when Dooley flew up on Monday to Bristol, Conn., which was followed up with another engagement back in Knoxville on Tuesday.

Dooley didn’t appear to be showing any signs of fatigue when he spoke to the Rotary Club at the Marriott, despite his grueling travel schedule lately and the fact that he’s closing in on 50 appearances on the speaking circuit this summer. But he did make clear he’s ready to step away from podiums for a while and get back on a practice field.

“I’m excited to go play,” Dooley joked. “Then I won’t have to talk about playing anymore.

“I can get back to coaching again.”

That day is fast approaching with the Vols set to report for fall camp on Monday, and an audience that had about 30 minutes to pepper Dooley with questions seemed just as excited for his second season to kick off as he did. Dooley uncharacteristically declined interview requests from local media members, though the Rotary Club took full advantage of its chance to grill him.

The questions covered all aspects of the program, from the offense to recruiting and even the schedule, which Dooley indicated would “always include a I-AA opponent” and he won’t apologize for it given the difficulty of an SEC slate.

The only topic that didn’t really draw a response came when he was asked about the status of linebacker Austin Johnson after his arrest on Sunday morning for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, which Dooley said he wasn’t ready to address until his investigation into the matter was complete.

He didn’t mention when that would be, though he’s aware it will be brought up again.

There’s one more major press conference to go before he gets to coach a practice, then he can get back to business. On the way out the door, he offered a reminder to the media how close that day is.

“See you Monday,” Dooley said.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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HallowedHill writes:

I like Dooley's 'Shut Up and Play Football' mentality.

GO VOLS!

CrankE writes:

From the "Unexpectedly!" department...

"Dooley uncharacteristically declined interview requests from local media members"

Gee, I don't know what it could be. Maybe if KNS sent in their crack GVX 24/7/365 pay-per-tweet staff?

HallowedHill writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Although I am a bit hung up on the star rating system, I have to admit the players Dooley has been landing can play ball despite what some think.

The rating system varies so wildly among rating services that you have to scratch your head. Recently, ESPN has Drae Bowled as ESPN Top 150, while other recruiting services had him as the #300 player in the country. In the past, we've certainly had our 5 star flops and walk-on team-captains, so it is certainly not a perfect system by any stretch of the imagination.

Don't worry yourself too much about it. Dooley is paid well to deliver wins. His formula seem to work at LSU, so stand back, give Dooley a little breathing room and see what he can do.

GO VOLS!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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you know im a vol for life, but people like you and the rest of the fans have got to accept that tennessee is just one of the harder places to recruit at in the sec, and even the good ones in memphis are more interested in schools that are closer to memphis. I think dooley does an excellent job with recruiting with what he's dealt, and I believe he and the rest of the staff knows what football players they want on the field. Improve day by day and the results will come. GO VOLS!!!

TeamXer writes:

So the NCAA adds a 12th game and most big time teams are going to wind up filling it with a I-AA squad, basically an exhibition game (Or a game you'll never live down losing) for which they can charge $40. Lame. Plus, it doesn't count towards your bowl eligibility. Lame.
That said, GO BIG ORANGE!

jkjvols writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

you know im a vol for life, but people like you and the rest of the fans have got to accept that tennessee is just one of the harder places to recruit at in the sec, and even the good ones in memphis are more interested in schools that are closer to memphis. I think dooley does an excellent job with recruiting with what he's dealt, and I believe he and the rest of the staff knows what football players they want on the field. Improve day by day and the results will come. GO VOLS!!!

I have to agree with you 100%. I used to tell my friends we are the University of Tennessee and we shouldn't settle for anything less than a 4 or 5 star recruit, however, when you are competing against every team in the SEC other than Vanderbilt and Kentucky I can't complain. Keep in mind when we got Peyton Manning... We didn't have intentions on him starting. Jerry Colquitt, Todd Helton, Brandon Stewart and then Peyton. I have learned not to go by the star factor. I think it all depends on how these young men are coached. Stars don't mean anything. Let's play some games and see how the product on the field develops. Go Vols!

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Earlier today, a review of the recruiting expert sites ( Scout and Rivals ) gave me reason not to worry too much and get caught up into star gazing.

Rivals ranked us #38 and Scout, 13. So much for that.........

BigOrange37825 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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I agree that some of us may get too wrapped up in the recruiting star game. I am, as someone said above, a Vol for Life, always have been always will be. But the facts are that we have to win games FIRST, before many, if any 5 star recruits want to come here. We have to compete for championships, get back into BCS bowl games and prove our selves worthy BEFORE we can start reeling in big name recruits. I, personally, am VERY happy with Coach Dooley. We all need to give him time to do his work, get the players he wants for his system and build on it. We were so deep in the hole after Fulmer was fired and then the Kiffin debacle, it's a wonder we're in the shape we are right now. Keep the faith, Big Orange Nation, Florida had their Ron Zook years, Alabama had their Franchione and Shula years when they were down. They came back and so will we......and when we do it will be all the sweeter!!

allvol32 writes:

Fellow Vol fans - don't feed the Acadia_Not_Vol idiot.

Click on his previous posts and you will see that this slubberdegullion has posted nothing but negative claptrap intended to get a rise out of true Vol fans - like many trolls on this site that post the same bs over and over trying to irritate others - kind of reminds me of precocious 5 year olds that think they can be irritating little snots because their parents never disciplined them.

jkjvols writes:

Is this Acadia_Not_Vol idiot a Vanderbilt fan or what? I get so tired of these trolls dominating our site! Win a National Title in something other than bowling and then we can talk!

hglover40#234154 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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So you are basing this on 1/2 a class when you could look at his last 2 classes and average them and see that they compare well with other teams in the SEC East.
FLA 3.73
GA 3.5
UT 3.42
SC 3.09
But instead you whine and cry like a woman.
If following UT football made me as depressed as it does you - I'd quit. What a loser.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

Virtually nobody freaked on stars has even seen any of these kids play. Even if a kid just isn't any good, if he's rated 4 star by literally anyone, these stargazers would be elated.

Dooley, Chaney, Hiestand, Sirmon and Baggett have about 40 years of NFL experience. And Lance Thompson is universally respected as a coach and recruiter.

And you starboys think some guy in New York knows SEC caliber talent and character better than they do.

Hilarious.

OrangePsyched writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Hey girl get back to knitting class and leave the football talk to the guys. Now discussing the actual story I too am ready for Monday to get here. Let the countdown continue.

hglover40#234154 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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I have no ideal how this class will turn out and you don't either. But his last two worked out.

More numbers -
Rivals has us at a 3.13 and we have 9 players rated on ESPN (one not rated). If you divide 26 / 9 = 2.8.
I will give you this scenario to try and give you HOPE - I doubt it will help you because you seem to like being negative and miserable.

Suppose the not rated player gets just a 2 * rating and suppose we get 16 more players that match the top 8 on the ESPN list (that makes 26 players - same as we signed in 2011) That would give us an 3.23 average according to ESPN.
LSU was 10th last year on the ESPN list with a 3.27 average.
By the way - checkout Georgia's average for the current class (if you include not yet rated players - like you did to get your 2.6 for UT) their average is also 2.6. 32 stars divided among 12 players = 2.6!! LOL
You are a poor UT fan.

volfan73120#211815 writes:

I am looking forward to Monday, and the team returning. Go Vols

claiborneh writes:

People often point out that posting negative or cynical posts like Acadia Vol did means he is not a true Vol. How do you derive the logic that if you do not make positive or peaches and cream posts that he is not a fan. The fact is Dooley has not hauled in the big star recruits that he would probably rather take if he could get them-at least not YET. Not the ones you would hope to have for a national championship run. So Acadia made a valid point whether his intentions were only to ruffle feathers or not.Will Dooley find ways to win with the fewer star players. I think everyone agrees we do not know yet. I think he can and will, but if I did not and wanted to be cynical about it does not mean I am a bad fan in my opinion.

hglover40#234154 writes:

in response to claiborneh:

People often point out that posting negative or cynical posts like Acadia Vol did means he is not a true Vol. How do you derive the logic that if you do not make positive or peaches and cream posts that he is not a fan. The fact is Dooley has not hauled in the big star recruits that he would probably rather take if he could get them-at least not YET. Not the ones you would hope to have for a national championship run. So Acadia made a valid point whether his intentions were only to ruffle feathers or not.Will Dooley find ways to win with the fewer star players. I think everyone agrees we do not know yet. I think he can and will, but if I did not and wanted to be cynical about it does not mean I am a bad fan in my opinion.

if he just said the last two classes could have been better - that is a true statement - they could have been better. And others (myself included), may make counter points that the last 2 classes get us close enough to be compete.
THose are interesting debates.
He is not debating those classes - he is already giving up on CDD and his ability to improve this class. I bet he gives up on the team everytime they fall behind.
Let's hope the players have more heart than fans like him.
I suppose if Nick reveiz had the heart of such a fan he would given up when everyone told him he could not play in the SEC.
I will tell the truth - I gave up when the team was 2-6 last year and the players didn't.
Let's try to show as much heart as those guys out there who choose to represent the University of Tennessee and are giving there all every day.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to hglover40#234154:

So you are basing this on 1/2 a class when you could look at his last 2 classes and average them and see that they compare well with other teams in the SEC East.
FLA 3.73
GA 3.5
UT 3.42
SC 3.09
But instead you whine and cry like a woman.
If following UT football made me as depressed as it does you - I'd quit. What a loser.

It would interesting for someone to recap the Stars for Arkansas. Arkansas is the media darkhorse to win the West and Petrino has built an exciting team (that he joined with similar talent holes) with several lesser known players. And, you can argue that right now, the West is WAY TOUGHER to build in than the East.

I sincerey doubt Coach P has been stacking the stars as their Class was ranked 19 this past year, and unranked by ESPN in 2010.

It is nice to see the occasional 4/5 at the skill positions, but as long as we recruit our needs, I trust the coach.

MtJ_Orange writes:

I did not know much about Coach Derek Dooley when he was hired at UT. I am pleased with the job he has done so far. He has a lot of class and it's hard to believe he ever worked under Saban. I can't wait for the season to start. Phil Stelle even has the Vols as one of his most improved teams. As far as the 1 AA teams being scheduled, it doesn't bother me because look at some of their future nonconference teams on their schedule. Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Ohio St. Now Florida on the other hand should be embarrassed by their schedule. They never leave their state for a nonconference game. GBO!

kletusfleabiscuit writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Why would they trade? CCM and CDD have kids that WANT to play at UT. For true Vols fans, we appreciate the kids we get. CDD in my opinion,,,will become legendary at UT.

Fail On troll.

volnsc51 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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These ratings are BEFORE their senior year. There will be a lot of adjustments made before signing day.
Relax

letthebigdoghunt writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

you know im a vol for life, but people like you and the rest of the fans have got to accept that tennessee is just one of the harder places to recruit at in the sec, and even the good ones in memphis are more interested in schools that are closer to memphis. I think dooley does an excellent job with recruiting with what he's dealt, and I believe he and the rest of the staff knows what football players they want on the field. Improve day by day and the results will come. GO VOLS!!!

well said GBO

letthebigdoghunt writes:

in response to BigOrange37825:

I agree that some of us may get too wrapped up in the recruiting star game. I am, as someone said above, a Vol for Life, always have been always will be. But the facts are that we have to win games FIRST, before many, if any 5 star recruits want to come here. We have to compete for championships, get back into BCS bowl games and prove our selves worthy BEFORE we can start reeling in big name recruits. I, personally, am VERY happy with Coach Dooley. We all need to give him time to do his work, get the players he wants for his system and build on it. We were so deep in the hole after Fulmer was fired and then the Kiffin debacle, it's a wonder we're in the shape we are right now. Keep the faith, Big Orange Nation, Florida had their Ron Zook years, Alabama had their Franchione and Shula years when they were down. They came back and so will we......and when we do it will be all the sweeter!!

Thank you finally some reasonable comments I believe cdd is building a solid foundation for years to come. VFL GBO

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

With so many 4* and 5* players turning out to be a bust or a troublemaker CDD and staff have to select very carefully to try and find good players that also have strong work ethics and good character.

The incoming kids also have to fit into the systems that UT is now installing and building for the future.

Considering that many thousands of HS players never even get seen or evaluated by all the many ranking services I've always believed that the star system is really a joke and it's all PR garbage anyway to give the fans something to talk about when little else is going on.

I like the evaluation system that CDD put in place where at least 3 coaches have to agree that a certain kid is 1 that we want to go after and then all 3 coaches plus CDD will discuss the kid together to decide if a certain kid is 1 that we want to contact to get to know him better and make a closer evaluation on.

I don't care if we recruit mostly 2* and 3* star kids as long as they have better character, work hard, listen and learn from the coaches and consistently build our program back up to the National power we've been known for for decades.

More Wins and a higher team ranking WILL get more 4* and 5* kids to wanting to wear Tennessee orange.

VFL...GO BIG ORABGE!!!

easleychuck writes:

The newest troll is running wild in this thread, too, I see.

Most likely a KNS gumshoe, who now that Coach Dooley pretty much ignores his 'newspaper', is just sitting around waiting for his pink slip to land in his cubicle.

Sad indeed, for anyone to lose their job.

easleychuck writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

With so many 4* and 5* players turning out to be a bust or a troublemaker CDD and staff have to select very carefully to try and find good players that also have strong work ethics and good character.

The incoming kids also have to fit into the systems that UT is now installing and building for the future.

Considering that many thousands of HS players never even get seen or evaluated by all the many ranking services I've always believed that the star system is really a joke and it's all PR garbage anyway to give the fans something to talk about when little else is going on.

I like the evaluation system that CDD put in place where at least 3 coaches have to agree that a certain kid is 1 that we want to go after and then all 3 coaches plus CDD will discuss the kid together to decide if a certain kid is 1 that we want to contact to get to know him better and make a closer evaluation on.

I don't care if we recruit mostly 2* and 3* star kids as long as they have better character, work hard, listen and learn from the coaches and consistently build our program back up to the National power we've been known for for decades.

More Wins and a higher team ranking WILL get more 4* and 5* kids to wanting to wear Tennessee orange.

VFL...GO BIG ORABGE!!!

You are making way too much sense for some on these boards.

StuAberdeeneFan writes:

Someone show me a ratings system noting size, speed, athleticism, coachability, heart, enthusiasm, GPA, and if their blood is orange.

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

The trolls just keep getting those easy catches. Just ignore them, and maybe just maybe they will take their fishing gear and go fishing in another spot.

I'm looking foward to the season, I think we need early success to give this young team some confidence. Let's roll into Gainvesville without a loss and I'll be there sweating with the masses.

GO VOLS!!

Classof72 writes:

I'm very pleased with Coach Dooley and his staff. Under the circumstances, we were lucky to get him. I know he wants the NCAA off the program's back. Only then will we really see how he and his staff can recruit.

Volunatic writes:

in response to TeamXer:

So the NCAA adds a 12th game and most big time teams are going to wind up filling it with a I-AA squad, basically an exhibition game (Or a game you'll never live down losing) for which they can charge $40. Lame. Plus, it doesn't count towards your bowl eligibility. Lame.
That said, GO BIG ORANGE!

Actually, 1-A teams can use one game per season against a 1-AA team to count toward bowl eligibility. This is why UT was bowl eligible last year, despite the fact that one of the 6 wins was against 1-AA UT Martin.
That said, I don't support it as an annual thing. Tennessee went 20 years without playing a 1-AA opponent. There are some teams that haven't played 1-AA teams in over 50 years (I believe neither SoCal nor ND has).
I hope that Coach Dooley gets the Vols on track so that UT can confidently schedule at least one premier non-conf game per season.

easleychuck writes:

47 for 47 and all negative, KNS staffer for sure.

SIMSVOL writes:

Acadia Vol and folks like him are just pure idiots through and through. Get a life loser! And get another team while you're at it.
Go VOLS!

orangeman1 writes:

in response to MtJ_Orange:

I did not know much about Coach Derek Dooley when he was hired at UT. I am pleased with the job he has done so far. He has a lot of class and it's hard to believe he ever worked under Saban. I can't wait for the season to start. Phil Stelle even has the Vols as one of his most improved teams. As far as the 1 AA teams being scheduled, it doesn't bother me because look at some of their future nonconference teams on their schedule. Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Ohio St. Now Florida on the other hand should be embarrassed by their schedule. They never leave their state for a nonconference game. GBO!

It bothers me that Dooley is saying he will play 1AA every year because of the strong conference schedule. Isnt it the same conference that UT has been playing in for the last 20 years? Why did those teams not need to play a 1AA team EVERY year? Cancelling a game vs a mid level ACC team that hasnt been ranked in 14 years because they are too tough. Maybe I'm off base here, but I want UT back to how they used to be. Not afraid to play anyone especially low/mid level 1A teams.
Also as much as I dont like Florida, they do play FSU every year which is a big task, expecially now that FSU appears to be a top 10 team again.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Some of you would rather listen to yourselves than listen to Coach Dooley.

He has publicly stated his plan with recruiting. Today, 70% of the roster is sophomores and freshmen: most are very good football players, good students, good citizens, and willing to work hard.

Would you rather have Lane Kiffin's 5-star class of punk thugs and drop-outs?

Theo writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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There's no "We" in troll. So you're a trekie too. Makes sense.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Some of you would rather listen to yourselves than listen to Coach Dooley.

He has publicly stated his plan with recruiting. Today, 70% of the roster is sophomores and freshmen: most are very good football players, good students, good citizens, and willing to work hard.

Would you rather have Lane Kiffin's 5-star class of punk thugs and drop-outs?

So, that leaves over 30 players that are Jr or Sr. I dont see why it has to be either 5star punk thugs or 3 star character players. Arent there any 4/5 star character guys out there that want to come to UT?

FarmerVol writes:

Amazing. Worried about recruits for the 2012 season. The season to worry about begins next month with practice. There are loads more to worry about happening in the next 35 days than who is gonna actually sign in Feb 2012. And Derek is rightfully focused on what happens right now instead of wasting time talking to media folks. I hope he ordered the full coat of body armour for "Stickman". Our recruiting for 2012 is tied to how well we do this year. You boys are counting chickens before they are even eggs. IMHO and GBO.

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

What a pathetic, depressing, and pessimistic fan base we have...

transplantiam writes:

in response to orangeman1:

So, that leaves over 30 players that are Jr or Sr. I dont see why it has to be either 5star punk thugs or 3 star character players. Arent there any 4/5 star character guys out there that want to come to UT?

Yes, there are 4/5 star character guys out there that want to come to the Vols. That's the point that CDD is making that he's making the team of. A lot of the 3* guys will be 4/maybe5* by the end of their senior year. Also, if we start winning consistantly, the guys that are 4/5* now AND with 4/5* character. Do you understand what I'm saying? Let's face it, until we are a consistant competitor for the SECe title, the smart 4/5* guys won't come to us. When we start competeing every year for our division, you will see those kids start coming to the Vols. Even then, CDD will cull some 4/5*'s because of grades and character issues, that some of the other teams will take. You don't always need the stars to win, most of the time all you need is good, smart guys with heart and fighting spirit that will work as a team to have a winning combination. Have trust in our coaches, you'll see it all come together. CDD could have started out trying to get o-line and d-line players first, but he chose to go with trying to get some good skill position players first because he knows that with highly rated skill position players, you can win some, even if your big uglies aren't the best out there. Now that he has a very good nucleous of skill players, he will concentrate on getting the very good big uglies. With that type of foundation, as you graduate players and have to replace them, you will always have that nucleous of big uglies because you can continue to replace those players at a 3-4 a year clip, so he will never be so deleted at any one position to hurt or hold back the team from winning. Doing it the way he's doing will assure him he will have a very good team revolving players as they graduate. It will just take a few years to build that necleous that's needed to do this. The big uglies on both sides are more apt to be the players that stay for four years, so as you lose some by atrition and graduation, you can continue to win. Do some homework and go back and study what Saban has done at Bama, for that matter anywhere he's coached. It's the same philosophy ?sp? as what CDD is trying to implement here.

GO VOLS!

FarmerVol writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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I'm with you RTR, 100%. The wait is getting to be me already. Remember whoever said "no pain, no gain", never had to sit on the bench with a sprained knee after the first game and watch his season go down the toilet. GBO and let the other guys in the SEC enjoy all the pain they can get.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to transplantiam:

Yes, there are 4/5 star character guys out there that want to come to the Vols. That's the point that CDD is making that he's making the team of. A lot of the 3* guys will be 4/maybe5* by the end of their senior year. Also, if we start winning consistantly, the guys that are 4/5* now AND with 4/5* character. Do you understand what I'm saying? Let's face it, until we are a consistant competitor for the SECe title, the smart 4/5* guys won't come to us. When we start competeing every year for our division, you will see those kids start coming to the Vols. Even then, CDD will cull some 4/5*'s because of grades and character issues, that some of the other teams will take. You don't always need the stars to win, most of the time all you need is good, smart guys with heart and fighting spirit that will work as a team to have a winning combination. Have trust in our coaches, you'll see it all come together. CDD could have started out trying to get o-line and d-line players first, but he chose to go with trying to get some good skill position players first because he knows that with highly rated skill position players, you can win some, even if your big uglies aren't the best out there. Now that he has a very good nucleous of skill players, he will concentrate on getting the very good big uglies. With that type of foundation, as you graduate players and have to replace them, you will always have that nucleous of big uglies because you can continue to replace those players at a 3-4 a year clip, so he will never be so deleted at any one position to hurt or hold back the team from winning. Doing it the way he's doing will assure him he will have a very good team revolving players as they graduate. It will just take a few years to build that necleous that's needed to do this. The big uglies on both sides are more apt to be the players that stay for four years, so as you lose some by atrition and graduation, you can continue to win. Do some homework and go back and study what Saban has done at Bama, for that matter anywhere he's coached. It's the same philosophy ?sp? as what CDD is trying to implement here.

GO VOLS!

I know how Dooley is saying he is going to recruit. I hope he can recruit good character kids and win Championships. I like Dooley and honestly dont care how many stars. I care about wins and losses. Its been 3 years in a row with at least 6 losses and I'm ready to show some improvement. Since I've been a fan of UT in the mid 80's I've never had to go more than 1 year without the Vols winning at least 9 games so after this year it could be 4 in a row. By next year, Dooley should have the Vols competing for the East again, then its time for him to start doing what he's paid to do which is win Championships. What concerns me more than recruiting is the comment of Dooley wanting to play 1AA EVERY year and the cancellation of a game vs a team that hasnt finished ranked in 14 years because they were too tough. No doubt expectations at UT have been lowered and I'm ready for them to be raised again.

phippo writes:

here is just a small tidbit of news for the true vol fans, the star watchers, and trolls out there. not one player in the country has signed a letter of intent, thats not till when, feb i think. if the vols have a fair to middlen season or better as we all know a ton of these KIDS WILL change their minds and go to an up and coming team where they have a chance to play instead of waiting at bama, texass, or oklahoma or other teams, al davis said it best years ago...just win baby... the recruits will come all by themselves with just the right touch.

hueypilot writes:

To many long time posters here, TJ, SAVol, Greer, Murray, et al, have been on GVX247 for about a week now. No CSS, no Acadia, etc. It is kinda like the old days when a few bucks subscription to GoVols.com separated fans from fruitcakes or annoying twits. I'm visiting this site less and less now and will likely get away altogether. At 65, I don't need the aggravation. And the $$$? After all the $$ I've dropped over the years on donations, trips, tickets, gear etc. etc. $9.00 a month isn't a bad deal to get away from these worrisome trolls.
You can try their trial for a few days and see how you like it. I'm sold.

CCLC writes:

in response to hueypilot:

To many long time posters here, TJ, SAVol, Greer, Murray, et al, have been on GVX247 for about a week now. No CSS, no Acadia, etc. It is kinda like the old days when a few bucks subscription to GoVols.com separated fans from fruitcakes or annoying twits. I'm visiting this site less and less now and will likely get away altogether. At 65, I don't need the aggravation. And the $$$? After all the $$ I've dropped over the years on donations, trips, tickets, gear etc. etc. $9.00 a month isn't a bad deal to get away from these worrisome trolls.
You can try their trial for a few days and see how you like it. I'm sold.

dadgummitt! We will miss ya!

tenndave writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

you know im a vol for life, but people like you and the rest of the fans have got to accept that tennessee is just one of the harder places to recruit at in the sec, and even the good ones in memphis are more interested in schools that are closer to memphis. I think dooley does an excellent job with recruiting with what he's dealt, and I believe he and the rest of the staff knows what football players they want on the field. Improve day by day and the results will come. GO VOLS!!!

I agree with you totally. To start whining before the season even begins means you are not a VOL fan but an imposter. Right now we are undefeated and ready to play. If in december we are 1-11 then gripe. Right now be excited and very charged up.
GO VOLS! I can't wait to watch this team.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Navalorange,

Is this A cade e ya/looney guy the latest crybaby, living in the past........or a genuine plant/troll?

Can't quite tell the diff so far. But, a whiner none the less. He deninately is a looney bird though.

The plant theory is a possibility since the KNS is struggling anyway. Either it's a 'poll' or an effort to fabricate 'news.'

jack_2222#231746 writes:

A kid is a 3 star beginning his senior season. He rushes for 168 against a high school opponent. Somebody upgrades him to 4 star. He's a must have 4 star now, right?

Name all the SEC coaching staffs that have more NFL experience than UT's.

VolfanClinton writes:

Hey...I wish Lane Kiffin was still Tennessee coach...At least we were winning and signing 5* recruits !!

jerzeydevilvol writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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jjsteel writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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shut your hole

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