Give Them (0 and) 6: Big plays lead to Arkansas onslaught, 49-7

Big plays leave Vols Hog-tied in SEC

Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett fails to catch a pass against Arkansas at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011.  (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett fails to catch a pass against Arkansas at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Game recap: Tennessee 7, Arkansas 49

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On a wind-blasted November night in the Ozarks, Tennessee football sank to a historic low.

Eighth-ranked Arkansas dominated the Vols in every phase Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. That included the scoreboard, which read 49-7.

And for the first time since the SEC was born in 1933, Tennessee is 0-6 in the standings.

Five of the six defeats were administered by ranked teams, three of them by top-10 teams.

None was more thorough than this one. The 42-point spread ranks second only to a 44-0 loss to Georgia in 1981 in the modern era.

"Give Arkansas a lot of credit,'' UT coach Derek Dooley said. "They put it to us.

"Not much you can say after a game like that.''

The Vols (4-6) briefly interrupted the onslaught with a second-quarter touchdown by Rajion Neal. For the fifth consecutive game, however, they failed to score in the second half.

The oddball statistic of the night was time of possession: Tennessee 37:06 to 22:54 for the Razorbacks.

But Arkansas (9-1, 5-1 SEC) works quickly.

A crowd of 72,103 watched the Hogs score on a one-play drive, a two-play drive and, finally, a three-play drive.

"That's what they do,'' said Dooley, "and they've been doing it with a lot of teams.''

One score wasn't a drive at all. In the first quarter, Joe Adams fielded a Tennessee punt, retreated and appeared to be trapped.

Wrong. Adams eluded a posse of would-be tacklers, escaped down the sideline and reeled off a 60-yard touchdown to put the Vols in a 14-0 hole.

Eluding Tennessee tacklers became a recurring theme as the Razorbacks piled up 499 yards of offense. The biggest chunk was Dennis Johnson's 71-yard run that deepened the hole to 21-0.

Even when the Razorbacks went to the reserves, they couldn't avoid the end zone.

De'Anthony Curtis added a 26-yard touchdown with 6:37 left, slashing through a UT defense that appeared to have thrown in the towel.

"We had a lot of big plays,'' said Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. "I'm happy we were able to come out in the second half and score like we did.

"It was all about the seniors winning their last game in Fayetteville.''

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Tennessee defensive back Izauea Lanier is unable to stop Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright from scoring at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. No. 8 Arkansas beat the Vols, 49-7.

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Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel Tennessee defensive back Izauea Lanier is unable to stop Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright from scoring at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday. No. 8 Arkansas beat the Vols, 49-7.

For the Vols, it's all about winning a game anywhere, especially a league game.

Only one previous UT squad had lost six SEC games, the 1962 team that went 2-6.

Last year, Dooley's first, Tennessee opened 0-5 in SEC play, but won the final three league games.

The team that Arkansas drilled comes home to face resurgent Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Looking for something to build on?

Marlin Lane had the season's longest run from scrimmage, 45 yards.

Austin Johnson snared his third interception in four games.

A smiling Tyler Bray was throwing passes during pregame warm-ups, indicating he could conceivably be back to face Vandy.

His stand-in, freshman Justin Worley, was 15-of-29 for 208 yards passing. Matt Simms played the fourth quarter when the cause was hopeless.

The cause wasn't hopeless yet as the second quarter played out. The Vols' final two drives of the first half were impressive.

The first ended with Neal's 11-yard touchdown run on an end-around to make it 21-7.

After Arkansas missed a field goal, the Vols staged a 15-play drive, reaching the Arkansas 5.

On third-and-goal, Worley, under pressure, threw a pass toward the end zone that was intercepted by Tramain Thomas with 31 seconds on the clock.

As the third quarter opened, two sequences killed any Vol hopes of making a game of it.

Worley got Tennessee into Arkansas territory only to see the drive sabotaged by — in order — a holding penalty, a sack/fumble out of bounds and then a 12-yard punt by Michael Palardy.

The Razorbacks took over at their 48 and quickly got on the scoreboard again via Johnson's 15-yard TD run to go up 28-7.

Next possession, Dooley gambled on fourth-and-2 at his own 40. Worley threw incomplete.

This time Arkansas went for it all on the first snap and got it when Wilson hit Adams in the end zone for a 35-7 lead.

The Razorbacks tacked on a pair of fourth-quarter scores, a 10-yard catch-and-run by Broderick Green and Curtis' bolt through the "no mas" defense.

Back at the beginning of the blustery evening, it was the Vols with the first chance to score.

Tennessee took the game's opening drive for a first down at the Arkansas 22 before things went awry. On fourth-and-13, Palardy lined up for a 40-yard field goal but instead rolled out and threw an incomplete pass intended for Channing Fugate.

The Razorbacks answered with an atypical 13-play drive, Wilson passing to Jarius Wright for the 7-0 lead.

The next two scores were home-run plays, the Adams punt return and the 71-yard Johnson dash.

At 21-0, Tennessee began its attempt to dig out of the hole. The Vols didn't get very far.

Now, in the bigger picture, they're in an 0-6 hole of historic proportion.

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ssgdebity writes:

Well I am sad to say it, but we have officially become the whipping boys or should i say girls of the SEC. I mean 49 to 7 that is unreal. I know we have alot of freshman but damn. When is enough enough? 0-6 for the first time since 1962, every week outmatched and outcoached. I am almost to the point where I would almost be willing to say go after Houston Nutt as a new headcoach but he is just as bad. But at this point I would just be glad when this nightmare of a season is over with and just go ahead lose the last 2 games and maybe we could win a game in the toilet bowl. It is really time to get a change in coaches cause DD cannot coach period.

mdvol writes:

Arky just scored again.

1volfanatic writes:

Thought bout going down next weekend, but I don't think so. I'll keep my money. Hey, they might be giving tix away. Nahh. Still not worth it.

tombo7 writes:

Thank you, sir. May I have another?

GreerVol22 writes:

Sometimes you feel like a Nutt...sometimes you lose like one...over and over.

GloryDays writes:

Report card has to be all A+++++ for the Vols.

Bufforange00 writes:

Dooley better recruit like heck this offseason or he will be in big trouble.

born2ride writes:

Just the facts folks.

The Vols are 0-6 in the SEC for the first time ever.

Dooley is 3-11 overall in the SEC.

Dooley's only has 3 conference wins were Vandy, UK and the Black Rebel Bears. These lowly schools have a combined record of 3-16 this year in the SEC. Their only wins are against each other. Vandy and Kentucky both beat Ole Miss and Vandy beat UK today.

His other wins came against Mighty Montana, the Buffalo Bulls, MTSU, UT-Martin and last place CUSA teams - Memphis and UAB in OT. Cincy is his only decent win in 2 years but if we played them again today they would probably beat us. They improved and we went downhill.

Dooley is a great guy and has more class than Kiffen but his record speaks for itself. Dooley can't coach. He can't win. He is not getting the job done. We will never compete for a SEC or BCS title under Dooley.

The Tennessee Volunteers are now the new winless bottom dwellers in the SEC.

People please stop making excuses for Dooley. Other teams play freshman and lost starters. The cupboard was not bare when he took over. Just look at the his horrible statistics.

Our running game is ranked #118 out of 120 schools. This is unexcusable for any coach.

The Vols were embarrassedly outscored 124-20 by Arkansas, LSU and Bama. We lost those games by over 100 points!

Dooley is 10-13 at UT.

17-20 at LA Tech.

I have said all season we would go 6-6 and go to a tiny bowl and Dooley gets another year to improve. But I am doubtful we will beat both Vandy and UK. Even though we have beaten Vandy 29 out of 31 times and UK 26 years in a row. Only a Dooley team could lose a game to them. He is the worst coach since Bill Battle.

UT can't afford to wait another year or two. Hart needs to bring in an experienced big name coach now who can start rebuilding and restore the program. We need to spend the money this time and not hire any more bargain basement coaches like Hamilton did with Dooley and Martin. Arkansas made great hires with Bobby Petrino and Mike Anderson. We need to do the same.

And Dooley looks ridiculously stupid and like a clown wearing those orange dyed pants. TV always shows him from the waist up.

I don't know what Dooley is always writing down but I hope it says "that play did not work".

Go Big Orange!

orange_glory writes:

dooley needs to make some coaching changes

GloryDays writes:

Who coaches the OL? Those boys are slow, fat, and just plain lazy! They rank 118 out of 120 something is bad wrong!

OrangePride writes:

Been watching Tenn football since 1963. This is without question the worst team I've ever witnessed and this game was the most difficult one to watch. This will be a VERY hard defeat to overcome....for both the team and the fans. It was an embarrassment and the coaching staff should not even take their checks this week. Dreadful.

WinkeyVol writes:

I thought Garo Yupremian retired a long time ago.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

Well I am sad to say it, but we have officially become the whipping boys or should i say girls of the SEC. I mean 49 to 7 that is unreal. I know we have alot of freshman but damn. When is enough enough? 0-6 for the first time since 1962, every week outmatched and outcoached. I am almost to the point where I would almost be willing to say go after Houston Nutt as a new headcoach but he is just as bad. But at this point I would just be glad when this nightmare of a season is over with and just go ahead lose the last 2 games and maybe we could win a game in the toilet bowl. It is really time to get a change in coaches cause DD cannot coach period.

Things could be much worse. We could be Ole Miss.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

...I can't wait til this team starts winning again... I'll have just as much fun watching them win as some of you are having watching them lose.

VolfanClinton writes:

I miss Lane Kiffin more every game !! Dooley is terrible !!

tuvol4u (Inactive) writes:

candy as$ OL blocking and a candy as$ OC calling plays. we need to ditch chaney. Our OL was supposed to be better this year but its gotten worse. HOW can we be this bad at running with as many backs to pick from? I like Dooley. I still think he is great, but he needs a new OC for 2012

Smokey91 writes:

I just heard Austin Johnson say on the radio that he got the interception because the Lord put him in the right place. hmmmm, I like giving God the glory and all, but have to wonder what He was doing the rest of the game. Sad showing for the defense. The offense didn't help much but those long TDs and easy scores (seemed easy to me) just go to prove how far from being a relevant program that UT has fallen.

redskinvol1 writes:

Stay at home.Only way to get Dooley gone is to not go to the vandy game.FIRE DOOLEY NOW!40,000 empty seats will do it I think.We can all do our part.

CommodoreCapital writes:

Any word on that Jelks kid commitment. I heard he was committing tonight. I sure hope we don't lose another one to Vandy.

bigdisbig writes:

Dooley has brought Tennessee to a new low in football. Yes, he lost his QB and best receiver but the defense is terrible now as well.
The Vols need to change their name to the Clowns for after that embarassing show of ineptness they are the laughing stock of division 1 football. If you don't believe me watch ESPN highlights. That punt return with 6 missed tackles looked like the Keystone Cops trying to tackle a child.

This is the absolute worst UT team to don a uniform. They are an abomination to the UT legacy.
Vandy will beat the "Clowns" by 2 touchdowns and KY. just may break the streak. If Dooleys bums go 0-8 in the SEC they all should be fired without exception.
This is pathetic!

zqvol writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

...I can't wait til this team starts winning again... I'll have just as much fun watching them win as some of you are having watching them lose.

Please don't hold your breath.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to ssgdebity:

Well I am sad to say it, but we have officially become the whipping boys or should i say girls of the SEC. I mean 49 to 7 that is unreal. I know we have alot of freshman but damn. When is enough enough? 0-6 for the first time since 1962, every week outmatched and outcoached. I am almost to the point where I would almost be willing to say go after Houston Nutt as a new headcoach but he is just as bad. But at this point I would just be glad when this nightmare of a season is over with and just go ahead lose the last 2 games and maybe we could win a game in the toilet bowl. It is really time to get a change in coaches cause DD cannot coach period.

I thought the hog coach was kind putting in his second team seniors at the start of the 4th. That score could have easily been 77-7

VOL_FROM_A_FAR writes:

I feel ashamed to say I'm a VOL...worst coach in NCAA!! Not only can't he win but he loses with style...haven't scored a TD in the second half in the last 6 games. TN better fire this guy or we will remain the new "KENTUCKY" Out of 6 years as a head coach..only 1 winning season and a 13-18 record. NICE HIRE UT!!

West10VolNHouston writes:

Best receiving core in the country plus bad secondary equals 49-7 all on its own. Final score should not shock anyone!

GloryDays writes:

in response to born2ride:

Just the facts folks.

The Vols are 0-6 in the SEC for the first time ever.

Dooley is 3-11 overall in the SEC.

Dooley's only has 3 conference wins were Vandy, UK and the Black Rebel Bears. These lowly schools have a combined record of 3-16 this year in the SEC. Their only wins are against each other. Vandy and Kentucky both beat Ole Miss and Vandy beat UK today.

His other wins came against Mighty Montana, the Buffalo Bulls, MTSU, UT-Martin and last place CUSA teams - Memphis and UAB in OT. Cincy is his only decent win in 2 years but if we played them again today they would probably beat us. They improved and we went downhill.

Dooley is a great guy and has more class than Kiffen but his record speaks for itself. Dooley can't coach. He can't win. He is not getting the job done. We will never compete for a SEC or BCS title under Dooley.

The Tennessee Volunteers are now the new winless bottom dwellers in the SEC.

People please stop making excuses for Dooley. Other teams play freshman and lost starters. The cupboard was not bare when he took over. Just look at the his horrible statistics.

Our running game is ranked #118 out of 120 schools. This is unexcusable for any coach.

The Vols were embarrassedly outscored 124-20 by Arkansas, LSU and Bama. We lost those games by over 100 points!

Dooley is 10-13 at UT.

17-20 at LA Tech.

I have said all season we would go 6-6 and go to a tiny bowl and Dooley gets another year to improve. But I am doubtful we will beat both Vandy and UK. Even though we have beaten Vandy 29 out of 31 times and UK 26 years in a row. Only a Dooley team could lose a game to them. He is the worst coach since Bill Battle.

UT can't afford to wait another year or two. Hart needs to bring in an experienced big name coach now who can start rebuilding and restore the program. We need to spend the money this time and not hire any more bargain basement coaches like Hamilton did with Dooley and Martin. Arkansas made great hires with Bobby Petrino and Mike Anderson. We need to do the same.

And Dooley looks ridiculously stupid and like a clown wearing those orange dyed pants. TV always shows him from the waist up.

I don't know what Dooley is always writing down but I hope it says "that play did not work".

Go Big Orange!

Everything you said is true. I wish Dooley and the Vols could make this thing work but looking at the last 2 years and you have to think Dooley just can't do it.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Any word on that Jelks kid commitment. I heard he was committing tonight. I sure hope we don't lose another one to Vandy.

Vandy got him

crappieking writes:

in response to born2ride:

Just the facts folks.

The Vols are 0-6 in the SEC for the first time ever.

Dooley is 3-11 overall in the SEC.

Dooley's only has 3 conference wins were Vandy, UK and the Black Rebel Bears. These lowly schools have a combined record of 3-16 this year in the SEC. Their only wins are against each other. Vandy and Kentucky both beat Ole Miss and Vandy beat UK today.

His other wins came against Mighty Montana, the Buffalo Bulls, MTSU, UT-Martin and last place CUSA teams - Memphis and UAB in OT. Cincy is his only decent win in 2 years but if we played them again today they would probably beat us. They improved and we went downhill.

Dooley is a great guy and has more class than Kiffen but his record speaks for itself. Dooley can't coach. He can't win. He is not getting the job done. We will never compete for a SEC or BCS title under Dooley.

The Tennessee Volunteers are now the new winless bottom dwellers in the SEC.

People please stop making excuses for Dooley. Other teams play freshman and lost starters. The cupboard was not bare when he took over. Just look at the his horrible statistics.

Our running game is ranked #118 out of 120 schools. This is unexcusable for any coach.

The Vols were embarrassedly outscored 124-20 by Arkansas, LSU and Bama. We lost those games by over 100 points!

Dooley is 10-13 at UT.

17-20 at LA Tech.

I have said all season we would go 6-6 and go to a tiny bowl and Dooley gets another year to improve. But I am doubtful we will beat both Vandy and UK. Even though we have beaten Vandy 29 out of 31 times and UK 26 years in a row. Only a Dooley team could lose a game to them. He is the worst coach since Bill Battle.

UT can't afford to wait another year or two. Hart needs to bring in an experienced big name coach now who can start rebuilding and restore the program. We need to spend the money this time and not hire any more bargain basement coaches like Hamilton did with Dooley and Martin. Arkansas made great hires with Bobby Petrino and Mike Anderson. We need to do the same.

And Dooley looks ridiculously stupid and like a clown wearing those orange dyed pants. TV always shows him from the waist up.

I don't know what Dooley is always writing down but I hope it says "that play did not work".

Go Big Orange!

+1

tuvol4u (Inactive) writes:

in response to CommodoreCapital:

Any word on that Jelks kid commitment. I heard he was committing tonight. I sure hope we don't lose another one to Vandy.

he committed to Vandy. old news

GloryDays writes:

in response to orange_glory:

dooley needs to make some coaching changes

OL coach has to go! Those guys are terrible!

VOL_FROM_A_FAR writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Things could be much worse. We could be Ole Miss.

We are the Ole Miss of the east...sad day to be a VOL

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to redskinvol1:

Stay at home.Only way to get Dooley gone is to not go to the vandy game.FIRE DOOLEY NOW!40,000 empty seats will do it I think.We can all do our part.

That would do it

beaus27 writes:

I am probably alone here, but I am proud the way UT played tonight.
Our team did not quit.
The teams UT lost to(bad)this season, UF,UGA,LSU,AL,SC and Ark, their respective talent WILL be gone next year.
Bray, Hunter, D. Rodgers and the rest of the team will return next year as upper classmen.
GO VOLS!

redskinvol1 writes:

Goodnight Dooley.I will most likely fire you in the morning.

CommodoreCapital writes:

UT is now offically everybody's homecoming opponent.

oldster writes:

If UT does not withdraw from the SEC and join the Big East, it should just give up football. This team is not and is not likely to be competitive in football in this league for a decade at least. Get out and save some dignity. I have 3 degrees from this school and an embarassed to admit it.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

If this is the future of Tennessee football, then perhaps we should withdraw from the SEC and join Conference USA.

tennesseebee writes:

First time ever that I just couldn't watch anymore. It is easy to get down on our team, but they drew a mean bull this season schedule/injury-wise, but there needs to be vast improvement next season. Another mediocre season and the Orange Nation will be calling for Dooley's head. Go Vols!!

eduardo writes:

Where's Larry Binion when you need him?
Work like Heck...In the hunt and in the mix....wow!

GloryDays writes:

in response to VolfanClinton:

I miss Lane Kiffin more every game !! Dooley is terrible !!

Kiffin would have had the Vols on probation or the death penalty by now.

I miss Fulmer he had 2 bad years and is fired. Dooley has 2 bad years and ?

CommodoreCapital writes:

in response to tuvol4u:

he committed to Vandy. old news

Check my name Sherlock. The new team in Tennessee is making noise. Kimbrow, Jelks, Azuaibake. Franklin turning the corner.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Report Card is coming.....will any area pass?

VolunteerLifer writes:

It's time to consider that this coaching staff is doing a bad job. The signs are there. The team is not improving. There is still no running game. Neither of our top-recruit kickers can punt the ball worth a damn in this their second year. Our secondary busts more coverages than anyone could imagine. Mo Couch hits a quarterback 5 yards out of bounds to keep an opponent drive going. Running plays take way too long to develop. Our punt cover team misses six tackles to allow a TD. We miss alignments and bust coverages and are out of position routinely, giving teams big plays. And I'm not even complaining about the qb play, cause that is not the coaches fault. But everything else is.

This team was so poorly prepared to play this game I thought I was watching a Fulmer team. I am not giving up on Dooley, but he needs to evaluate his own coaching job and needs to see that some of his staff are doing a lousy job. He should make changes this off-season. The way I feel tonite, I don't want to watch this team play anymore this season. Not because they're bad, but because our coaches are letting them down.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You said that while ago DA. How did your gay_tors do today?

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

Sad thing is that today, almost everyone on these boards possesses the clarity to see that this coaching staff doesn't have what it takes to win...but in a few days, the same posters (volpreacher, navalorange, etc.) will be right back on here spouting off about how it was youth, or how it was depth, or how it was losing Bray, or how it was anything but coaching and we'll be right back in the middle of the mess we were in after we lost to Florida (a younger, less experienced team with a first year head coach).

At some point, you've got to look at this team, look at the individual players and admit that these guys are just not well coached. They aren't. They have more raw talent than what the coaches have gotten out of them.

But that's ok...we will win the SEC East next year according to preachervol. So we should all just be patient while our house burns down around us.

led0321#648727 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Just the facts folks.

The Vols are 0-6 in the SEC for the first time ever.

Dooley is 3-11 overall in the SEC.

Dooley's only has 3 conference wins were Vandy, UK and the Black Rebel Bears. These lowly schools have a combined record of 3-16 this year in the SEC. Their only wins are against each other. Vandy and Kentucky both beat Ole Miss and Vandy beat UK today.

His other wins came against Mighty Montana, the Buffalo Bulls, MTSU, UT-Martin and last place CUSA teams - Memphis and UAB in OT. Cincy is his only decent win in 2 years but if we played them again today they would probably beat us. They improved and we went downhill.

Dooley is a great guy and has more class than Kiffen but his record speaks for itself. Dooley can't coach. He can't win. He is not getting the job done. We will never compete for a SEC or BCS title under Dooley.

The Tennessee Volunteers are now the new winless bottom dwellers in the SEC.

People please stop making excuses for Dooley. Other teams play freshman and lost starters. The cupboard was not bare when he took over. Just look at the his horrible statistics.

Our running game is ranked #118 out of 120 schools. This is unexcusable for any coach.

The Vols were embarrassedly outscored 124-20 by Arkansas, LSU and Bama. We lost those games by over 100 points!

Dooley is 10-13 at UT.

17-20 at LA Tech.

I have said all season we would go 6-6 and go to a tiny bowl and Dooley gets another year to improve. But I am doubtful we will beat both Vandy and UK. Even though we have beaten Vandy 29 out of 31 times and UK 26 years in a row. Only a Dooley team could lose a game to them. He is the worst coach since Bill Battle.

UT can't afford to wait another year or two. Hart needs to bring in an experienced big name coach now who can start rebuilding and restore the program. We need to spend the money this time and not hire any more bargain basement coaches like Hamilton did with Dooley and Martin. Arkansas made great hires with Bobby Petrino and Mike Anderson. We need to do the same.

And Dooley looks ridiculously stupid and like a clown wearing those orange dyed pants. TV always shows him from the waist up.

I don't know what Dooley is always writing down but I hope it says "that play did not work".

Go Big Orange!

Dooley will get and deserves another year. It amazes me how dumb some Tennessee fans are, he inherited a mess and there is no getting another coach because no one wanted this mess anyway.

This is what happens when you go through the phooey UT has gone through

ACWLY writes:

I've never been more embarrassed of a Tennessee football team, not as much with the players but the coaches. Putting Simms in the 4th quarter was the worst call I've ever seen a coach make and honestly after 50+ years of closely following the Vols I thought this was the first time I ever saw a Tennessee coach QUIT. If Hart doesn't clean house with this coaching staff then he should be replaced also. I feel Dooley is a good person but is way over his head trying to be a head coach in the SEC and MUST GO NOW!.

jephsteph writes:

Tennessee has a great coach. He's at Vandy right now.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

It's time to consider that this coaching staff is doing a bad job. The signs are there. The team is not improving. There is still no running game. Neither of our top-recruit kickers can punt the ball worth a damn in this their second year. Our secondary busts more coverages than anyone could imagine. Mo Couch hits a quarterback 5 yards out of bounds to keep an opponent drive going. Running plays take way too long to develop. Our punt cover team misses six tackles to allow a TD. We miss alignments and bust coverages and are out of position routinely, giving teams big plays. And I'm not even complaining about the qb play, cause that is not the coaches fault. But everything else is.

This team was so poorly prepared to play this game I thought I was watching a Fulmer team. I am not giving up on Dooley, but he needs to evaluate his own coaching job and needs to see that some of his staff are doing a lousy job. He should make changes this off-season. The way I feel tonite, I don't want to watch this team play anymore this season. Not because they're bad, but because our coaches are letting them down.

Didn't dooley hire all these coaches? yes Then what's that say about Dooley?

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Allow me to undress your brilliant analysis of the game...

stupid fake FG.... you DO know, of course, that there were swirling 30mph winds all night during the game. our kicker is suspect at best.... unless he was kicking an extra point, I sure wouldn't bet on our kicker getting it through....

Couch...yes, stupid hit. Freshman mistake. It's not like Dooley made the hit out-of-bounds.
the Wildcat... the first Wildcat actually got them more yards than most of their running plays have had all year... when your 118/120, what are you supposed to do?
Worley underhand pass for almost INT... another Freshman mistake ( you DO know of course it was his first SEC road game, RIGHT?)
How many other SEC East teams drew Arkansas, Alabama, and LSU as their 3 Western opponents? Arkansas did what they were supposed to do. You DO know they're #8 in the country, RIGHT?
YOu can easily say from behind a keyboard this team quit. I tell you, if any of the players read this board with any regularity, I'd probably quit, too. B/c it's filled with the most mal-educated, vile, vitriolic hatred b/c this team can't beat three top-10 teams (2 on the road); it's SO EASY! SO EASY!

But you know what's hard? To wear the colors and cheer your team on, and talk about the one or two good things this team did during a horrible season. But I can do that; you see, I don't know if Dooley will be THE answer. But I know that he came to a program no one else wanted to touch with a ten-foot pole. HE's the one that has to go out there week in and week out, endure huge losses, endure questions on why his team lost, etc. NOT YOU. So, go ahead, revel in the fact that you were right... if that's what's important to you....

but there will be a day when this team will be restored to greatness, and I'll be able to say I was there for them win or lose...and you won't.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to led0321#648727:

Dooley will get and deserves another year. It amazes me how dumb some Tennessee fans are, he inherited a mess and there is no getting another coach because no one wanted this mess anyway.

This is what happens when you go through the phooey UT has gone through

Fact is that if his name wasn't Dooley he would have never been hired. He is a great guy but a bad coach with a famous name. He will NEVER win in the SEC. If he had Peyton Manning he would still lose because he has surrounded himself with inept coaches. His play calling is terrible and the players are NOT motivated at all.

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