Derek Dooley: 'We're going to begin our climb right now'

Bowl game 'probably wouldn't have helped us'

The seemingly endless streak was finally snapped.

The season came to a close without a bowl game.

There were no names listed lower than Tennessee's in the division standings.

One afternoon at Kentucky formally welcomed the Vols to a point they certainly would have preferred not to reach. After dropping a 10-7 decision to the Wildcats on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium, Derek Dooley and his program are heading into the offseason believing they've officially hit rock bottom.

"At some point, we had to hit a real low point with where this program is," the Vols' coach said after the game. "And I knew we were going to hit one, I did. I hoped we wouldn't, but it's inevitable. You're going to hit a bottom.

"It's on the whole organization, and we're going to begin our climb right now."

The incline might not have appeared quite so steep without the loss to the Wildcats (5-7, 2-6 SEC), an upset that made it easy for Dooley to illustrate how far his team has to go heading into his third season.

The Vols (5-7, 1-7 SEC) had won 26 consecutive games in the series until the weekend, when a wide receiver was unexpectedly inserted at quarterback and the Wildcats squeezed out enough points to beat them.

After starting the year with a couple quick victories, including a romp over a respectable Cincinnati squad that showcased their offensive power, the Vols went more than three quarters without scoring and watched Tyler Bray complete just 15-of-38 attempts for 215 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown.

And while UT lost a starting linebacker during the offseason for the year, dismissed perhaps its best defensive player during training camp and was forced to deal with a handful of critical injuries on a roster already low on depth, it still appeared ca

pable of scratching its way out of the basement in the SEC and into the postseason.

But that was all wiped away by the Wildcats, who left the Vols with a clean slate moving forward and no doubt at all that there's plenty of work for them to do until next season.

And they also gave the Vols a head start to get rolling.

"It's really disappointing, and it's something that shouldn't happen at Tennessee," Dooley said. "And hopefully it's something that won't happen again for a long time.

"There's a lot of ways you can look at it. Sometimes you don't get always what you want, but a lot of times you get what you deserve. We're not a good football team, and we've got a lot of work that we need to do to be a good football team. Going to a bowl will make you think you are better than you are. Probably wouldn't have helped us, when I look at it. We need to know that there's a lot of things you have to do to be a good player, and there's a lot of things you have to do to be a good team. And we aren't doing what we need to do, so we don't deserve to get rewarded."

Despite their issues this season, the Vols still had chances to earn that coveted postseason berth and the extra practices that come with it.

The defense only allowed one touchdown drive, and that came with some controversy after a ruling on an apparent fumble went against UT.

The offense hit on a big play to climb back in the game in the fourth quarter, with Rajion Neal hauling in a perfectly thrown ball from Bray as part of the best outing of his career at receiver.

But there were far more opportunities that slipped away from them, from missed tackles to a critical botched snap.

And ultimately those were the plays that summed up the year and made clear the Vols have nowhere to go but up moving forward.

"Dooley's going to do big things," senior Malik Jackson said. "He's been building this team really good, and I have no doubt they're going to come out here ready to play — especially after this season."

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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traqair#568128 writes:

"Going to a bowl will make you think you are better than you are. Probably wouldn't have helped us, when I look at it."

Coach Dooley is probably right about the team not deserving a bowl, but the fans who have stuck by the Vols all season certainly did. The team let the town down; they should have been playing for the folks who constantly support them and not themselves.

GloryDays writes:

Dooley has been here 2 years and done nothing. No big wins, players aren't getting better. I thought the Vandy win could teach them how to win, and get fired up. Dooley can't beat a bad Kentucky team, why would anyone thing 2012 will be much better? Dooley knows nothing about winning, perhaps he could call his daddy and ask for advice.

ACWLY writes:

I agree, there's no way Tennessee can do worse than they did this year. We were pathetic as a team and once you heard Poole and Johnson's comments it was clear as to why, poor coaching. A coach of this caliber will NEVER gain the respect needed to field a winning program. I know, Dooley is a smart, nice young man, but we have to face the facts, HE IS NOT A HEAD COACH and we should press HART to find us an experienced head coach that can get this program back in line. We have a first rate school, the greatest facilities and the absolute best fans in the country so why do we have to suffer through a young inexperienced head coach that simply can't get the job done? If we don't make a coaching change why would anyone think that 2012 will be any different? (Gotta love Jackson and the few other Vols that fought hard all year)

volsbandit writes:

Same ol' same ol' next year. Just wait....

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

"We're not a good football team, and we've got a lot of work that we need to do to be a good football team. Going to a bowl will make you think you are better than you are. Probably wouldn't have helped us, when I look at it. We need to know that there's a lot of things you have to do to be a good player, and there's a lot of things you have to do to be a good team. And we aren't doing what we need to do, so we don't deserve to get rewarded."

Dooley, why the F aren't you doing what you need to?? You are the coach! Take some responsibility. I want you fired. You don't publicly state that you aren't a good football team. How about "I'm not a good coach"?? You have talent idiot now do your job. You said a bowl game would help last year from the extra practices. But his year, it won't help? We don't need practice. If we don't need to practice, that means your practices are worthless. And if we beat KY, that doesn't make us good. If we did,you still have a loosing record. What are you being paid for? We are in LAST place. Fire your team up daddy's boy. This is TN.

tk5 writes:

oh sweet, NOW you are begining your climb.

luke255#536431 writes:

Dooley was a TE position coach for Saban, losing record 17-20 record at LA Tech which was in the mighty WAC confrence. So why in the world would anyone have thought he would be successful in the best confrence in College Football? Will we win 6 or 7 games next year because we simply have more talent than a confrence USA team or lower SEC team very possible. But as I said the day Hamilton hired a coach coming off a 4-8 season he has never been successful and never will! Hopefully they have started the search for a PROVEN coach.

DonaldDevoe writes:

Kinda ironic how KY has it's worst team and beats the Vols. And VU has it's best team and loses to the Vols. Florida had it's worst team in years. South Carolina had a great defense but no offense when Vols played. 3 years ago, if you played past middle school, you could tell that there was a definite difference in how the team played.Yes an egg was laid in bowl game. But the last 2 years just not as crisp. How come Vols ran the ball the best vs AL & LSU? Simms get us in the right play? Waisted a season for Worley. I hope I sleep tonight.

The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Dooley has been here 2 years and done nothing. No big wins, players aren't getting better. I thought the Vandy win could teach them how to win, and get fired up. Dooley can't beat a bad Kentucky team, why would anyone thing 2012 will be much better? Dooley knows nothing about winning, perhaps he could call his daddy and ask for advice.

Fire Fulmer!

The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca writes:

in response to luke255#536431:

Dooley was a TE position coach for Saban, losing record 17-20 record at LA Tech which was in the mighty WAC confrence. So why in the world would anyone have thought he would be successful in the best confrence in College Football? Will we win 6 or 7 games next year because we simply have more talent than a confrence USA team or lower SEC team very possible. But as I said the day Hamilton hired a coach coming off a 4-8 season he has never been successful and never will! Hopefully they have started the search for a PROVEN coach.

I’m 100% behind Coach Dooley. I felt the same way about Coach Fulmer. Demanding change is what got us to his point! We need stability more than change. Demanding change is what got us to his point! May take Coach Dooley 3 more years. Faith. Patience.

dyerbey#281598 writes:

I think Hamilton was in a panic when Kiffen left us high and dry. As pathetic an AD as Hamilton was, I believe he thought he had to hire a coach immediately to keep as many recruits as possible. Looking back maybe he should have just kept the Kiffin assistant that he initially named as interim coach until he could hire a bigger name. What cliche' do you want to use? "water under the bridge" hindsight is 20/20. I was elated to see Hamilton go, I thought he was pathetic, however, in his defense, we were in the midst of an NCAA investigation, thanks to Kiffin, and I think Hamilton needed a coach with the Good Guy image that Dooley has. It may very well be that Dooley is in over his head, but our program needs stability. I think we should give him one more year and hope another recruiting class can right the ship. I am and will always be a vol, but given the state of our athletics its hard to be a vol fan these days.

volfanlostnbama writes:

These players have lost confidence in the coaching and gave up their will to win for him yesterday. Some of this is the coach's/coaches' fault. The problem is once you lose them, you cannot get them back. This is my biggest fear for the coming year!

OrangePsyched writes:

I knew it would be a field day for the naysayers. Of course a lot of these comments come from just two people. I also am for stability. Another good recruiting class coming in..if we don't go 8-4 next year with a healthy Bray and Hunter then I'll be one of those getting off the Dooley bandwagon. It is going to be a long offseason. VFL!

traderjoe writes:

"We're going to begin our climb now"...really...are you resigning???

luke255#536431 writes:

Hmm I wonder how many people that say we need "stability" and come up with 101 excuses why we are at rock bottom will be saying the exact same thing next year because Bray will be a senior and I'm sure he will turn it around then.. Yeah right people that drink the kool-aid this will still be drinking it next year.

BradWhite writes:

in response to The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca:

I’m 100% behind Coach Dooley. I felt the same way about Coach Fulmer. Demanding change is what got us to his point! We need stability more than change. Demanding change is what got us to his point! May take Coach Dooley 3 more years. Faith. Patience.

Yes! No change ever! Long live Mike Dubose, Jim Donnan, Gerry Dinardo, Ron Zook, Mike Shula, Houston Nutt, Phil Fulmer, All Bowdens! Change is what got us here! Look at all the massive amounts of troubles and sanctions Kiffin got us in. All those years of countless lost scholarships and post season and TV bans we never received. It's all his fault. Everything bad that's ever happened, like our inability to beat every top coach in the SEC after 1998, our poop bombs we laid in all those bowls against Penn St., Nebraska, the mighty ACC, and the 2001 SEC title game, the end of our streak against Kentucky, those gosh darned evil black uniforms that helped motivate us to whip SC, Malik Jackson being a senior, Janzen Jackson and Nilo Silvan acting like fools, Jerry Colquit not getting a sixth year, not playing Jamal Lewis against Florida, wildcat formations against KY, and the rain I had to drive in today. Curse you Kiffin and all the million ways you've wronged us. Freakin change. It's ALWAYS to blame.

Clever_Vol writes:

We're just now hitting bottom? You're kidding me Dooley. This program hit bottom 2 years ago when you were hired. You've had 2 years and now you're saying we've hit bottom? If that is not the most self defining comment as a coach to describe the exact reason why he needs to be fired immediately, I don't know what is.

"we're not a very good football team". Really? No kidding. And whose responsibility is that? But we're suppose to trust 1 more year will be any different?

"Going to a bowl game wouldn't have helped us?" Since when does winning hurt a team? Since when does and extra month of practice hurt a team? Dooley, you are CLUELESS!!

Please, let's end this bad dream immediately! Please tell me the AD sees this. We need to get out there immediately with a new coach hiring process. Major moves are being made now. Illinois, Arizona State, New Mexico, Memphis, Ole Miss and the list goes on have all made the important step. The Illinois AD's comments on Zook could very well fit for Dooley "If this was about Ron Zook the person, he would have a lifetime contract. But it's not just about that. There are other important things to consider". Yes, that's exactly right - like winning! Dooley may be a nice guy, but he sucks as a Head Coach. Losing record in Division II doesn't translate to winning record in the toughest conference in the nation.

For those of you who are still supportive of Dooley - please really listen to this press conference. Please tell me what in the world in this press conference inspires you as a fan, let alone would inspire any player. What in this conference leads you to believe he can really compete with Spurrier, Sabin and the top notch coaches in the SEC. He is WAY over his head. All the AD needs to do is play this press conference as a perfect summary example of why he is being fired. Total lack of leadership and the team reflects it.

acknowledgment writes:

I have complete confidence that the guy who's blood runs Crimson red will have Tennessee's best interests in mind.

Orange_Kool_Aid_22 writes:

For everyone who says "Dooley needs more time to build this program" or "Dooley is going to get us there, just keep the faith", Well I'm here to tell you the man cannot coach. So why give a guy that doesn't understand x's and o's nor time management and can't even get a team fired up to play hard, more time. With Derek Dooley head coach of this program they will never be better than a 7 or on a lucky year an 8 win team. So everyone needs to ask themselves, "do I like watching the Big Orange playing in the Music City Bowl or Chic Fil A Bowl?" I prefer BCS Bowl games, myself. Dooley hides behind the orange pants to try to make up for his inability to coach. He says that this team didn't deserve a bowl game. I could have cared less about making a bowl with the way this team has been coached, but you beat Kentucky, that's it. That's what Tennessee does, Beat Kentucky. If trying to extend a 26 game win streak isn't enough to fire a team up, then nothing will. If changes aren't made Vol fans will see the same ol' stuff until the athletic department and the wealthy boosters has had enough. He may win 7 games next season and he'll say "We're climbing are way up, now" but after he wins 4 games the following season, I'm sure he'll have some excuse to tell the fans and boosters to save his job another year. Is this what Tennessee fans want? Or should we demand excellence? We are the best fans in college football and we deserve to have a team that not only competes with the nation's top teams but is one of the nation's top teams. Go Big Orange!

Clever_Vol writes:

in response to The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca:

I’m 100% behind Coach Dooley. I felt the same way about Coach Fulmer. Demanding change is what got us to his point! We need stability more than change. Demanding change is what got us to his point! May take Coach Dooley 3 more years. Faith. Patience.

My gosh man, what kool-aide are you drinking? Fulmer had 4 years of poor recruiting and down hill slide. Kiffin was a good hire in terms of the recruiting and performance on the field. He turned out to be a hell of a selfish jerk. He put this school in a horrible situation. It's not about change for change sake, it is about a coaching staff who proves they can coach.

Please take a look at the product on the field. They can't run block ALL year. - A good coaching staff would have at least showed improvement and had this fixed by game 5 latest.
Wide Receivers dropping all kinds of passes: WR coaching.
O-line false starts: Lack of discipline - ie coaching.
Defense out of position: Lack of discipline - ie coaching and film study.
Offensive play calling, especially on 3rd down: Is there any wonder we were the worst in the SEC and one of the worst in the country at 3rd down conversions.
Kicking game: What part of this game looked good? Coverage horrible. blocked punts. Blocked field goal attempts. Poor kicking. ie coaching.
Second half implosions: Totally out coached by other staffs. Once again coaching.
What facet of the game showed any improvement over the course of the season?
If this staff showed improvement in player performance and team performance over the course of the season, with inspired play on the field, then I would agree with you. But what do we have? More excuses. A coach who talks about a bad team but won't take responsibility. A coach who after 2 years, says we just now hit bottom. Please sir, take an honest look at the team performance. There is no example of any reason for Faith and Patience. There is much more evidence for serious panic and immediate action.

woodwr#217203 writes:

After SEC-East in 1997-98, 2001 & 2004 & 2007, we were spoiled, with all that since 1985-success.

Other Teams run successfully with young but experienced Offensive Linemen and other teams win with second string Quarterbacks.

TNPilgrim writes:

Here's a simple fact of life - Dooley is going to be here two more years, no matter what. However, it's doubtful that Dave Hart is going to put up with the obviously inferior coaching that's going on is several critical areas of this team: O-Line, running backs, special teams / kicking. Coach D better find some top-notch proven assistants in these areas from programs that know how to win so they can mold these players into a team.
One other thing that might get the attention of the UT Athletic Dept and Administration: fans should refuse the extortion they demand for season tickets. The UT fan base has tolerated and supported mediocrity for too long over there - that's why Phil Fulmer was allowed to linger about four years too long over there after it became obvious he was nothing without David Cutcliff. The UT Admin. let this mess sink to rock bottom by adopting a policy of "acceptable mediocrity", which was made acceptable by the continued influx of ticket sales and donations. For the past two years Derek Dooley has been stuck with a mess created by his predecessors; starting next year he's got his players and his culture. There are no more excuses for him not producing better results.

HoJo writes:

If what the coach said about not always getting what you want and sometimes getting what you deserve then by all means show the coach the door and the road out of Knoxville. He did not prepare this team at all for the Kentucky game. He did not prepare the team for the second half in any game. What life they had in them was always taking out of them during every half time. He cheated this young men, by not coaching them to play hard and to play with heart leaving everything on the field every game. This team was short changed by this coach. Playing with the wrong attitude has mostly to due with poor coaching, some of it on the players but the majority lies with the coaching staff.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to Clever_Vol:

We're just now hitting bottom? You're kidding me Dooley. This program hit bottom 2 years ago when you were hired. You've had 2 years and now you're saying we've hit bottom? If that is not the most self defining comment as a coach to describe the exact reason why he needs to be fired immediately, I don't know what is.

"we're not a very good football team". Really? No kidding. And whose responsibility is that? But we're suppose to trust 1 more year will be any different?

"Going to a bowl game wouldn't have helped us?" Since when does winning hurt a team? Since when does and extra month of practice hurt a team? Dooley, you are CLUELESS!!

Please, let's end this bad dream immediately! Please tell me the AD sees this. We need to get out there immediately with a new coach hiring process. Major moves are being made now. Illinois, Arizona State, New Mexico, Memphis, Ole Miss and the list goes on have all made the important step. The Illinois AD's comments on Zook could very well fit for Dooley "If this was about Ron Zook the person, he would have a lifetime contract. But it's not just about that. There are other important things to consider". Yes, that's exactly right - like winning! Dooley may be a nice guy, but he sucks as a Head Coach. Losing record in Division II doesn't translate to winning record in the toughest conference in the nation.

For those of you who are still supportive of Dooley - please really listen to this press conference. Please tell me what in the world in this press conference inspires you as a fan, let alone would inspire any player. What in this conference leads you to believe he can really compete with Spurrier, Sabin and the top notch coaches in the SEC. He is WAY over his head. All the AD needs to do is play this press conference as a perfect summary example of why he is being fired. Total lack of leadership and the team reflects it.

I saw the press conference. I'm behind Dooley 100%.

Tell ya why...

Because in all of your long ranting you left out some important things; things that Dooley, or whoever it is you want to replace him with will be dealing with for the next 3 recruiting cycles.

You want a good coach. Well, a coach is only as good as the players. Dooley and his staff will have their hands tied; they won't be able to use the entire coaching staff to recruit; and, they won't have the same amount of time allotted to them that every coach in the SEC will have.

That's not a harbinger of Dooley's ability; that's the result of a self-imposed sanction by the university to placate the NCAA who could still come down with worse sanctions if they choose to do so during our probation.

In short, it's not about you, or the fans. It's not about what you think Dooley ought to be doing. It's about the fact that Dooley is playing the cards he's been dealt because he's the only coach who would play them.

You're gonna have at least 3 years of time on your hands. I suggest you use that time to become more informed about what Dooley is undertaking and the very real impositions he's being forced to deal with as a condition of his employment. When you do gain that knowledge, you may be as inclined as I in shaking his hand rather than taking such an unrealistic view of the reality our programs are under.

Remember, Dooley had conditions of his own in accepting the mess you dismiss so lightly. Hart understands perfectly I'm sure. That's why he's doing what you are not; supporting his coach.

justice_served writes:

"It's really disappointing, and it's something that shouldn't happen at Tennessee," Dooley said. "And hopefully it's something that won't happen again for a long time.

Maybe if we think and wish and cross our fingers it might not happen again. It appears Dooley doesn't factor coaching into the equation.

"There's a lot of ways you can look at it. Sometimes you don't get always what you want, but a lot of times you get what you deserve. We're not a good football team.

Despite his tiresome cliches, Dooley's patronizing philosophy has some merit: I did not want a coach with a losing record from a tame football conference as head coach at UT. However, I disagree that I, and many fans who shared my view, deserve the shambles he has turned this program into.

When I hear Derek Dooley interviews, often times, I feel uncomfortable. Whether it's water and bamboo, or practicing better shower discipline, I just don't get the feeling he is cut out to be a coach.

Berating the players publicly when they lose bothers me. He didn't seem to have a problem with the players when they snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat- as seen in the Vanderbilt game. In fact, his celebratory mood would almost make you think we had just beaten Alabama.

I would like to have heard Dooley stand up once and say, I place the blame of this loss(es)squarely on the coaches.

But now the psycho- babble "rock bottom" talk which he foresaw in his heretofore unknown talent as amateur psychologist- wow!

Maybe his premonition of UT hitting rock bottom was a self-fullfilling prophecy. My unvarnished take on it is that he is in
over his head. He might be a great guy, but was not qualified for a head coaching job in the SEC.

We can use analogies like water and bamboo, wax philosophically about whether we got what we deserved, or play amateur psychologist and talk about rock bottom.

I prefer following logic: A coach from a sub par college football conference, who had a losing record = a coach who is in over his head, in the premier conference of college football. It naturally follows that the losing record, or possibly break even season, is what we should expect.

Maverickman writes:

WARNING VOL FANS.YOU CAN HIT ROCK BOTTOM, AND STILL NOT BE ON THE GROUND. Why wait one more year? Clean house get a coach.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Dooley has been here 2 years and done nothing. No big wins, players aren't getting better. I thought the Vandy win could teach them how to win, and get fired up. Dooley can't beat a bad Kentucky team, why would anyone thing 2012 will be much better? Dooley knows nothing about winning, perhaps he could call his daddy and ask for advice.

There is a saying in business and education circles and it goes something like this, "If you keep doing the same thing with the same people, the only thing you can expect is the same results." Dooley is a fine person but that does not make him an SEC coach. We need big changes in our program and if he keeps his job, which I believe he will, all we can expect is the SAME RESULTS.
Ask yourself the following question and answer it honestly. Was Kentucky and Vandy at a higher level of talent than Tennessee when Dooley was hired two years ago? You know the answer and the answer is NO. There has not been one improvement in our team over the past two years. Listening to the players talk, Dooley has lost this team, they do not want to play for him and probably want a different coach if the truth be told. Anyway I will wish for the best for the Vols but don't expect any improvement next year. Go Big Orange.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to AZ_Vol:

I saw the press conference. I'm behind Dooley 100%.

Tell ya why...

Because in all of your long ranting you left out some important things; things that Dooley, or whoever it is you want to replace him with will be dealing with for the next 3 recruiting cycles.

You want a good coach. Well, a coach is only as good as the players. Dooley and his staff will have their hands tied; they won't be able to use the entire coaching staff to recruit; and, they won't have the same amount of time allotted to them that every coach in the SEC will have.

That's not a harbinger of Dooley's ability; that's the result of a self-imposed sanction by the university to placate the NCAA who could still come down with worse sanctions if they choose to do so during our probation.

In short, it's not about you, or the fans. It's not about what you think Dooley ought to be doing. It's about the fact that Dooley is playing the cards he's been dealt because he's the only coach who would play them.

You're gonna have at least 3 years of time on your hands. I suggest you use that time to become more informed about what Dooley is undertaking and the very real impositions he's being forced to deal with as a condition of his employment. When you do gain that knowledge, you may be as inclined as I in shaking his hand rather than taking such an unrealistic view of the reality our programs are under.

Remember, Dooley had conditions of his own in accepting the mess you dismiss so lightly. Hart understands perfectly I'm sure. That's why he's doing what you are not; supporting his coach.

AZ_VOL, Iam not going to drink the Dooley koolaide any more. I want a change but we will have to pay the big bucks to get a good coach. If we offered 5 to 6 million with a 5 year contract the applications will come and there is no doubt about that. Are the boosters and University willing to do that is the question? How bad do you want to win and are we willing to pay the price? Unlike Dooley who was the Wal-Mart Special for 2 million for six years, as he said, "We got what we deserved." If we are not willing to pay the big money to get a PROVEN WINNER AS COACH we will never be any better than we are now.
Dooley is a very fine man I believe but that by no means makes him qualified to be an SEC football coach. I know if we did pay that kind of money for a coach the academic people would raise #ell but when was the last time you saw a stadium filled with 100,000 people to watch a math contest or spelling bee. You get what you deserve and what you pay for, its that simple!!!@

tmcretired writes:

If you think DD is a coach you are blind last two year with Fulmer we were on the slide he was a great coach but lost it in the last two years Kiffin came in turned it around winning than leaves not good enter dooley nothing the first year new low the second year never a game plan for any game. Vandy going to a bowl Vols watching the games on TV. Lets get real DD has got to go now he's going to start the climb

vol_4_fan writes:

Not sure of the answer for our program. Also, if Dooley is fired who in the world would take the job? Mike Leach is the only "name" coach that would want the job right now. With probation lingering, the NCAA would be all over us. Fact is this program is not in position to go after a big name coach. Could not get one the last time & cannot see us attracting one right now. Go Vols!

CCLC writes:

When CDD left LaTech after 3 seasons they were winning at a 46% clip....after 2 seasons CDD is again winning at a 46% clip. No fall off there. LaTech just won the WAC and is bowl eligible.
just sayin'

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to The_Ghost_of_Duke_DeLuca:

Fire Fulmer!

I love that response. Kudos! We made our bed when we called for Fulmers head on a platter. All of those that called for his head are now realizing just what they did to our once proud program. Sour grapes folks. You are now reaping your harvest. Enjoy it and relish in what you have brought upon our great tradition of winning. Now we are engulfed in a great tradition of whining!

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

I'm sorry AZ_VOL, but where have you seen or read that Hart is supporting Dooley?

Hart's silence on this football program has been...deafening.

MikeTheTiger writes:

does this mean next year is "year zero"....again?

taylorsvolfan writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I love that response. Kudos! We made our bed when we called for Fulmers head on a platter. All of those that called for his head are now realizing just what they did to our once proud program. Sour grapes folks. You are now reaping your harvest. Enjoy it and relish in what you have brought upon our great tradition of winning. Now we are engulfed in a great tradition of whining!

Exactly !!!!!

volman444 writes:

bingo, you get what you pay for. your pay for a coach is 9th in the conference why would you expect anything but a 9th or worse finish. top 3 paid coaches are saban, miles, petrino....ummm. go figure. everything hamilton touched went to phooey...dooley is no different.

what_a_joke writes:

Dooley was/is not ready for this job. If we wait another year it will costs us another 3 years.

Clean house now, the lady who cleans my house has more passion that Dooley...

Writing NOTES during your last game???

Urban needs a Lawyer..go apply

shanetemple writes:

I'm so tired of DD...all season I have been picking up on little things(like I'm sure so many of you have). I can think of 10 times off the top of my head where Dooley made a decision to go for it on 4th and sometimes not so short. I can think of only one time that it was the right decision(and that didn't even pay off). He's a bs coach and we need to get a better one immediately. I am a northeastern Tennessee native who is in the military and I have been stationed in Jacksonville and am currently in south Louisiana and Im so sick and tired of having to defend DD to all these Florida and LSU fans that I am having to live around. We ned a coach who is not afraid to go out and try to win some football games, as opposed to Dooley approach of trying not to lose. Somebody needs to get in DD rearend, and let him know this is not madden 2012 for the xbox, its real, and real people's futures in football depend not only on there talent, but where he can lead them as a team. I get upset about a lot of games, but never have I been so pissed off over a season that should have been a lot better. Sure we lost Bray and Hunter for the meat of our schedule, but we should have been prepared for that and DD doesn't seem to be prepared for anything that doesn't go exactly according to plan. Not only did we not beat Kentucky, we lost to Kentucky with a f*@#ing WIDE RECIEVER behind center. You would think Dooley would have caught on to the fact that he only threw the ball like 8 times(I don't remember exactly how many) and never even handed off. Fire his butt, spend a little more money on trying to get a better coach in there who wants to win some damn football games. Pissed in NOLA....GO VOLS

RunningWithTheVols writes:

No coach in his right mind and worth a darn would take the job if Dooley is run off after only 2 seasons.

Losing to KY sucks but a bowl game detracts from recruiting and inferior talent is our #1 barrier to winning. We need consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes to un-do Fulmer's Final Years and Kiffin's Honeymoon.

snakeplissken writes:

Dooley said: 'We're going to begin our climb right now'

Uhhhhh......isn't that something Dooley was hired to do in the beginning, rather than waiting to begin after two dismal seasons?????

Volunatic writes:

in response to dyerbey#281598:

I think Hamilton was in a panic when Kiffen left us high and dry. As pathetic an AD as Hamilton was, I believe he thought he had to hire a coach immediately to keep as many recruits as possible. Looking back maybe he should have just kept the Kiffin assistant that he initially named as interim coach until he could hire a bigger name. What cliche' do you want to use? "water under the bridge" hindsight is 20/20. I was elated to see Hamilton go, I thought he was pathetic, however, in his defense, we were in the midst of an NCAA investigation, thanks to Kiffin, and I think Hamilton needed a coach with the Good Guy image that Dooley has. It may very well be that Dooley is in over his head, but our program needs stability. I think we should give him one more year and hope another recruiting class can right the ship. I am and will always be a vol, but given the state of our athletics its hard to be a vol fan these days.

Dooley will get one more year-- the buyout is too steep to give him the boot.
I hope he and Thompson figure out a way to sell this program to recruits. (e.g.-- "IMMEDIATE playing time"). Otherwise, a pretty good class of currently committed players will jump ship.
There need to be some staff changes SOON. I would ditch Hiestand and Russell, and possibly Chaney.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to luke255#536431:

Dooley was a TE position coach for Saban, losing record 17-20 record at LA Tech which was in the mighty WAC confrence. So why in the world would anyone have thought he would be successful in the best confrence in College Football? Will we win 6 or 7 games next year because we simply have more talent than a confrence USA team or lower SEC team very possible. But as I said the day Hamilton hired a coach coming off a 4-8 season he has never been successful and never will! Hopefully they have started the search for a PROVEN coach.

Please explain "lower SEC team" didn't know there was one. Ky & Ole Miss will improve. I don't see that happening at UT as long as we have the Keystone Cops for coaches. Talent doesn't matter, Dooley can coach down anyone. Dark days on Rocky Top.

pcshowtime writes:

What is it going to take for you idiots to see he is not the guy for the job. He is freakin 1-23 when losing or tied at halftime. He teams get worse as the years goes on. His players quit on him. He blames this he blames that. He has never been a coordinator. If I could see some improvement as the year went on it would be one thing. Look at clock management, play calling, in game adjustments. He Tennessee's Mike Shula and from the sound of the article concerning his buy out we are only going to save 1 million to let him go now as opposed to Feb next year. pull the trigger get this clown out of town. Ohio St facing probation put up the money and got who they wanted. If Tennessee wants anymore of my money they will do the same.

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yankintenn#395643 writes:

dead man walking-no player in his right mind would come here-the kids are smarter than you think...

cloudodust writes:

in response to CCLC:

When CDD left LaTech after 3 seasons they were winning at a 46% clip....after 2 seasons CDD is again winning at a 46% clip. No fall off there. LaTech just won the WAC and is bowl eligible.
just sayin'

u could be saying cdd stocked the pantry

rollonbeagles writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

I love that response. Kudos! We made our bed when we called for Fulmers head on a platter. All of those that called for his head are now realizing just what they did to our once proud program. Sour grapes folks. You are now reaping your harvest. Enjoy it and relish in what you have brought upon our great tradition of winning. Now we are engulfed in a great tradition of whining!

Just because we ended up with something worse than Fulmer doesn't mean we didn't do the right thing when he was finally fired. We did. He had become non-complacent and lazy and very non-inspiring. There was absolutely no discipline and we were in a severe downward spiral. Yeah, this is bad too but we will presevere.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

At the start of this season, I made the comment that this would probably be Mark Richt's last season at Georgia, and Georgia would take Dooley away from us. Somehow, I don't think either of thoses predictions will come true, but I can still dream that someone would take Dooley. There's no way La Tech would want him back, they're actually winning now.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to AZ_Vol:

I saw the press conference. I'm behind Dooley 100%.

Tell ya why...

Because in all of your long ranting you left out some important things; things that Dooley, or whoever it is you want to replace him with will be dealing with for the next 3 recruiting cycles.

You want a good coach. Well, a coach is only as good as the players. Dooley and his staff will have their hands tied; they won't be able to use the entire coaching staff to recruit; and, they won't have the same amount of time allotted to them that every coach in the SEC will have.

That's not a harbinger of Dooley's ability; that's the result of a self-imposed sanction by the university to placate the NCAA who could still come down with worse sanctions if they choose to do so during our probation.

In short, it's not about you, or the fans. It's not about what you think Dooley ought to be doing. It's about the fact that Dooley is playing the cards he's been dealt because he's the only coach who would play them.

You're gonna have at least 3 years of time on your hands. I suggest you use that time to become more informed about what Dooley is undertaking and the very real impositions he's being forced to deal with as a condition of his employment. When you do gain that knowledge, you may be as inclined as I in shaking his hand rather than taking such an unrealistic view of the reality our programs are under.

Remember, Dooley had conditions of his own in accepting the mess you dismiss so lightly. Hart understands perfectly I'm sure. That's why he's doing what you are not; supporting his coach.

This is an excellent post by someone with some common sense. I agree 100%. Most of the posters on this board are clueless. The only thing I would say against Dooley is this: We regressed during the season and players calling others players out is not a good thing. He had better take charge of the good and bad. Stop making excuses coach.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to TNPilgrim:

Here's a simple fact of life - Dooley is going to be here two more years, no matter what. However, it's doubtful that Dave Hart is going to put up with the obviously inferior coaching that's going on is several critical areas of this team: O-Line, running backs, special teams / kicking. Coach D better find some top-notch proven assistants in these areas from programs that know how to win so they can mold these players into a team.
One other thing that might get the attention of the UT Athletic Dept and Administration: fans should refuse the extortion they demand for season tickets. The UT fan base has tolerated and supported mediocrity for too long over there - that's why Phil Fulmer was allowed to linger about four years too long over there after it became obvious he was nothing without David Cutcliff. The UT Admin. let this mess sink to rock bottom by adopting a policy of "acceptable mediocrity", which was made acceptable by the continued influx of ticket sales and donations. For the past two years Derek Dooley has been stuck with a mess created by his predecessors; starting next year he's got his players and his culture. There are no more excuses for him not producing better results.

Do not kid yourself son, a subpar next season and he will never see year 4

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