Bob Gilbert: Dooley, Vols hit rock bottom

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley tries to motivate his team during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.,  Saturday, Nov 26, 2011. (AP Photo/ James Crisp)

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley tries to motivate his team during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Nov 26, 2011. (AP Photo/ James Crisp)

KNOXVILLE — Derek Dooley - the would-be coach who was hired because his daddy is retired Georgia coach Vince Dooley - has presided over the lowest moment in modern Tennessee football history.

The 10-7 loss to Kentucky marks the first time in 100 years that a Vol football team has suffered back-to-back losing seasons. The 5-7 record leaves Tennessee ineligible for a bowl game.

"It was a bad ending to a bad season," Dooley admitted. "We had very poor execution."

And whose fault was that?

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punkin writes:

Bob is a senile old fa^t. He's still bitter about Majors.

CCLC writes:

"Star-divide
After Derek Dooley achieved his signature win over Vandy last week, I thought (briefly) that the Volunteers fortunes had turned. They haven't. Tennessee and Kentucky were playing their game at Commonwealth Stadium at the same time that Georgia was TCOB in Atlanta, so unless you were hitting the "return" button on your remote, you probably only saw the last 4:00 of this game, which was actually way better than watching the first 56:00 if you consider:

Kentucky used a backup wide receiver, Matt Roark, at quarterback. He went 4-6, 15 yards. Passing. I think he might've been an emergency starter...
Kentucky did not turn the ball over.
Tyler Bray threw two picks, the Vols lost a fumble. Speed kills, but turnovers will get you fired.
Total net Kentucky yards: 132.
Tennessee net yards: 244.

Kentucky broke a losing streak to the Volunteers that dated back to 1984. Derek Dooley inherited a colossal mess in Knoxville, but they're a proud bunch up on the Cumberland Plateau and they want to win again. Now. This question is in serious doubt. Things are as bad on Rocky Top as I've ever seen it. It's as if they self-inflicted the Death Penalty."

Go_Big_O writes:

"The conclusion should be obvious to the Tennessee powers-that-be: Dooley must go and take his entire staff with him. "

The only conclusion obvious to me is that this a a stupid opinion born out of frustration and ignorance.

Upgrayedd writes:

A hack piece by an angry old fart for a Murfreesboro paper? Thanks KNS, I needed a good laugh this morning.

DufusMcGee writes:

Dooley gets two more years - no matter what. WHY? Because it takes that long to get your new guys in place and matured to a point of real competition for the SEC. It's difficult but EVERYONE MUST HAVE MORE PATIENCE. There is no other way to twist this story. Otherwise you set the program back another three or four years. PERIOD.

KFDLaw writes:

Dooley is a good man from a good family, but he is apparently a poor coach. He has now achieved the status of having the worst two year coaching record in the history of Tennessee football. Neither AD Hart nor the University are likely to pay too much attention to anything we say in these comments. We will have to vote with our feet next year and refuse to buy tickets to get their attention.

SilasDogooder writes:

in response to DufusMcGee:

Dooley gets two more years - no matter what. WHY? Because it takes that long to get your new guys in place and matured to a point of real competition for the SEC. It's difficult but EVERYONE MUST HAVE MORE PATIENCE. There is no other way to twist this story. Otherwise you set the program back another three or four years. PERIOD.

I think your name says it all.

DUMP DOOLITTLE!!!

FanNotSheep writes:

Dooley is national coach of the year compared to the writing talent and the stench of drivel this idiot spews. How did he find his way from Blount County to Murfreesboro?

I had enjoyed not having to listen to this jerk so much the past few years. Sorry someone turned over the rock he crawled out from under.

orangecountyvols writes:

Walt...........the know it all

Were you there, down on the field? Nope, you're lying back in your recliner claiming to know it all. Dooley can tell these guys, woefully short of talent and experience......... to execute and play with passion...........all he wants, but if they can't or won't do it, then it's time for the recliner coaches like you to take over.

If any coaches are really under the microscope it would be the offensive coordinator and special teams coaches ( kicking. ) Of course, the first one the recliner coaches want to take a shot at...is the head man. None of us like what happened, but there is usually more behind the scenes of which we are not aware.

I'm sure you and Merlot have been involved in all the practices, film studies, in the locker room etc.............with this group of guys who.......talent-wise and depth-wise just didn't have what was necessary to really compete with the schedule they had.

westknoxrepub writes:

Kansas and Memphis showed they had the guts to do what was needed. They aren't worried about "instability", they want winning football programs. . .we're satisfied with 3 or 4 wins next year, because that's all we're going to get. Dooley needs to be fired NOW.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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I guess you were out of the country during the coaching search. Nobody wanted the job. They had to go down to coaches with losing records at directional schools to find someone willing to take over Hamilton's little program.

Might have had something to do with the way they handled Fulmer's firing. Making your school's legendary national championship-winning coach cry on TV looks bad. Someone should have told Hammy.

barefoot43 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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I wish I could claim this quote but it is accurate.

"This is the same idiot that wanted the entire state of Tennessee fired over the Linda Bensel-Myers incident.
I have never in my life seen a guy the could kill a press box buffet like this guy.
If he still had a real voice in the media, he would have filibustered for R.R. Neyland to replace both Fulmer and Kiffin as the HC @ UT.
The man thinks he is still alive and living with Elvis somewhere in Monroe County."

By the way, Upgrayedd does not have to address his "opinion" on a factual basis, just like Gilbert. You should realize this due to the "fact" that you render your opinion (as often as a dog licks himself) without regard to any more knowledge of a situation than you have read from an article like this or heard it at Floyd's Barbershop.

Fact is that opinions and excuses are like @$$holes - everybody's got one. I just gave mine to you.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Kansas and Memphis showed they had the guts to do what was needed. They aren't worried about "instability", they want winning football programs. . .we're satisfied with 3 or 4 wins next year, because that's all we're going to get. Dooley needs to be fired NOW.

So you want to pattern the program after Memphis and Kansas in football? Really?

Tennessee's roster looks like a team that almost got the death penalty. That is not Dooley's fault. He sure hasn't gotten anything out of them but if anyone would do a little research I think you would find that teams that are out-manned always fade at the end of the year.

Get out on the field and take some hits from LSU and Alabama and see if it takes a toll on your school spirit.

We lost 46 players – almost all directly because of coaching changes – since Fulmer was fired. If Tennessee were to go through another coaching change right now they might as well shut the football program down.

TheCopper writes:

I, personally, think it's time for Dooley to go. You can't tell me that UT doesn't have the money to buy him out. I don't think that is going to happen, though. He will be the coach next year, but I don't think it will get any better. We will probably be 7-5 and go to a lower tier bowl game. Then the Dooley era will be over. I certainly hope they prove me wrong, though, and maybe finish 9-3 with a berth in a new years day bowl game.

rocky_topper writes:

I am guessing our new rivalries in the SEC should be Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Long gone are the days when we need to even thinking about competing against Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, ... It is what it is!

TommyJack writes:

in response to TheCopper:

I, personally, think it's time for Dooley to go. You can't tell me that UT doesn't have the money to buy him out. I don't think that is going to happen, though. He will be the coach next year, but I don't think it will get any better. We will probably be 7-5 and go to a lower tier bowl game. Then the Dooley era will be over. I certainly hope they prove me wrong, though, and maybe finish 9-3 with a berth in a new years day bowl game.

So Cop...you think we can hire a quality coach when he realizes he only has 2 years to do the job? Huh?

dannasman writes:

So Urban Meyer is now Head Coach at Ohio State, How many people are confident that Meyer will have them competing for National Championships in the next 2 years? I DO! How many people are confident the Dooley will have Tennessee competing for SEC East Championship in the next 2 years? NOT ME!! WE NEED A PROVEN YOUNG COACH THAT KNOWS HOW TO WIN!!!

UTSmokey04 writes:

I continue to read "if Dooley is fired, it will set the program back." Back to where? Can we not agree UT is at ROCK BOTTOM, as Coach said? If the adminstrators are going to make a change, it's now, not next year. Talk about setting a program back? If you change next year and the new hire does not satisfy the core of players, who will all be finishing their Junior seasons, they will leave to the NFL.

Forward thinking Vol Nation. I'm not saying Coach should go or stay, but there are two sides to every coin.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Who the hell is Bob Gilbert? Never heard of him. Oh, wait. He writes for the Murfreesboro paper. Who cares what he thinks.

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Walt...........the know it all

Were you there, down on the field? Nope, you're lying back in your recliner claiming to know it all. Dooley can tell these guys, woefully short of talent and experience......... to execute and play with passion...........all he wants, but if they can't or won't do it, then it's time for the recliner coaches like you to take over.

If any coaches are really under the microscope it would be the offensive coordinator and special teams coaches ( kicking. ) Of course, the first one the recliner coaches want to take a shot at...is the head man. None of us like what happened, but there is usually more behind the scenes of which we are not aware.

I'm sure you and Merlot have been involved in all the practices, film studies, in the locker room etc.............with this group of guys who.......talent-wise and depth-wise just didn't have what was necessary to really compete with the schedule they had.

BellyButtonOrange.....is that you? Are you still spewing that man love for Dooley? Has your man love gone to total man love obsession?

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to UTSmokey04:

I continue to read "if Dooley is fired, it will set the program back." Back to where? Can we not agree UT is at ROCK BOTTOM, as Coach said? If the adminstrators are going to make a change, it's now, not next year. Talk about setting a program back? If you change next year and the new hire does not satisfy the core of players, who will all be finishing their Junior seasons, they will leave to the NFL.

Forward thinking Vol Nation. I'm not saying Coach should go or stay, but there are two sides to every coin.

You are wrong, the players wont go to the NFL. We don't have NFL talent.

keepitreal4vols writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Dude, log off. You are stalking the message boards.

UTSmokey04 writes:

Did I read that someone wrote UT lacks talent? Maybe a refresher for those that base their "talent" on stars by recruiting services...

LT Dallas Thomas - 3 star
LG Zach Fulton - 3 star
C Alex Bullard - 4 star
RG Marcus Jackson - 3 star
RT JaWaun James - 4 star
Reserves:
OG/C James Stone - 4 star
OT Antonio Richardson - 4 star
OT Kyler Krebyson - 4 star
OG Alan Posey - 3 star
OG JerQuari Schofield - 3 star

WR Da'Rick Rogers - 5 star
WR Justin Hunter - 4 star
Reserves:
WR Zach Rogers - 3 star
WR DeAnthony Arnett - 4 star
WR Matt Milton - 4 star
WR Vincent Dallas - 3 star

TE Mycheal Rivera - 3 star
Reserves:
TE Cam Clear - 4 star
TE Brenden Downs - 3 star

RB Tauren Poole - 3 star
Reserves:
RB Marlin Lane - 4 star
RB Tom Smith - 3 star
RB Rajion Neal - 3 star

QB Tyler Bray - 3 star
Reserves:
QB Justin Worley - 3 star
QB Nash Nance - 3 star

That's JUST offense. Please stop saying UT didn't have talent. It was mis-used and under coached.

CCLC writes:

in response to RUstilltalking:

BellyButtonOrange.....is that you? Are you still spewing that man love for Dooley? Has your man love gone to total man love obsession?

I think was Orange County is trying to get you to see is that the team that beat Cincy was not the team that finished the season. Regardless, of whom you want to blame.... the personnel and mental attitude that won that game all but disappeared by season end. UT got on a downward spiral that they just couldn't pull out of. CDD, potential there or not was not the experienced vet that could turn it around. He wasn't surrounded by the pieces to develop that could turn it around. I doubt Saban could have done much with the left overs from Kiffy and Hamilton. Dooley walked into a firestorm with little ammo, green troops and fickle support from the fan base. He was hired to stabilize that program and put out the mattress fires left by the previous coaching hire. The reasons UT is where it is are gone. YOu don't rebuilt this thing in a year or two. Alabama took a decade. So did Georgia. The players you stole out of Atlanta are at Auburn and Florida and Alabama now. Dooley increasing the reach of UT into Georgia was met by Georgia and in spite of the departure of DuhRick...... Georgia continues to get their share of talent (ie Dream Team.... prepare for part II) Hang on Vols it will get better.
just sayin'

UTSmokey04 writes:

in response to RUstilltalking:

You are wrong, the players wont go to the NFL. We don't have NFL talent.

We don't? The last 5 years of Top 15 classes suggest otherwise. But if you'd like to put a hand shake "I told you so" wager on it, we certainly can.

NFL Talent:
Tyler Bray
Da'Rick Rogers
Justin Hunter
Dallas Thomas
Alex Bullard
JaWaun James
Corey Miller
Jacq Smith
Herman Lathers
Maurice Couch
Eric Gordon

Every one of those guys will be drafted or in an NFL camp.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to UTSmokey04:

Did I read that someone wrote UT lacks talent? Maybe a refresher for those that base their "talent" on stars by recruiting services...

LT Dallas Thomas - 3 star
LG Zach Fulton - 3 star
C Alex Bullard - 4 star
RG Marcus Jackson - 3 star
RT JaWaun James - 4 star
Reserves:
OG/C James Stone - 4 star
OT Antonio Richardson - 4 star
OT Kyler Krebyson - 4 star
OG Alan Posey - 3 star
OG JerQuari Schofield - 3 star

WR Da'Rick Rogers - 5 star
WR Justin Hunter - 4 star
Reserves:
WR Zach Rogers - 3 star
WR DeAnthony Arnett - 4 star
WR Matt Milton - 4 star
WR Vincent Dallas - 3 star

TE Mycheal Rivera - 3 star
Reserves:
TE Cam Clear - 4 star
TE Brenden Downs - 3 star

RB Tauren Poole - 3 star
Reserves:
RB Marlin Lane - 4 star
RB Tom Smith - 3 star
RB Rajion Neal - 3 star

QB Tyler Bray - 3 star
Reserves:
QB Justin Worley - 3 star
QB Nash Nance - 3 star

That's JUST offense. Please stop saying UT didn't have talent. It was mis-used and under coached.

I've been saying this all along! Thanks for doing the leg work.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to UTSmokey04:

Did I read that someone wrote UT lacks talent? Maybe a refresher for those that base their "talent" on stars by recruiting services...

LT Dallas Thomas - 3 star
LG Zach Fulton - 3 star
C Alex Bullard - 4 star
RG Marcus Jackson - 3 star
RT JaWaun James - 4 star
Reserves:
OG/C James Stone - 4 star
OT Antonio Richardson - 4 star
OT Kyler Krebyson - 4 star
OG Alan Posey - 3 star
OG JerQuari Schofield - 3 star

WR Da'Rick Rogers - 5 star
WR Justin Hunter - 4 star
Reserves:
WR Zach Rogers - 3 star
WR DeAnthony Arnett - 4 star
WR Matt Milton - 4 star
WR Vincent Dallas - 3 star

TE Mycheal Rivera - 3 star
Reserves:
TE Cam Clear - 4 star
TE Brenden Downs - 3 star

RB Tauren Poole - 3 star
Reserves:
RB Marlin Lane - 4 star
RB Tom Smith - 3 star
RB Rajion Neal - 3 star

QB Tyler Bray - 3 star
Reserves:
QB Justin Worley - 3 star
QB Nash Nance - 3 star

That's JUST offense. Please stop saying UT didn't have talent. It was mis-used and under coached.

The dooley sheep will tell you that it's leadership. Stars dont matter for two more years when strong leadership is in the stable then we have talent. Yet on the other hand thay say it's all recruiting and coaching is secondary. Just one excuse after another. The wolves are circling.

bigchief writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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i am not happy at the way our football team played or the direction they are headed, except we did not have any football player in jail this year, and you have to give the guy at least 4 years, if you don't, the kids will not come to UT, they want a school that will support them and people that will be there for them. i would not want to come and play for a school and fans that would not support me in the good times and the bad times alike. i have been here from 1960, and i am still here, i have been through good and bad times before. GBO

underthehill writes:

in response to KFDLaw:

Dooley is a good man from a good family, but he is apparently a poor coach. He has now achieved the status of having the worst two year coaching record in the history of Tennessee football. Neither AD Hart nor the University are likely to pay too much attention to anything we say in these comments. We will have to vote with our feet next year and refuse to buy tickets to get their attention.

The history of UT football coaching changes is: It is dictated by attendance or lack thereof. It appears to me this reporter is not restrained by fear of repercussions for reporting the truth. Something that would be unreasonable to expect from the Knoxville media who has to maintain a favorable relationship with UT. I do understand that UT gave Dooley an unreasonable contract but if they are that stupid then they have no choice but to honor the contract. I would like to hear this writers opinion on the hiring of Dave Hart.

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to UTSmokey04:

We don't? The last 5 years of Top 15 classes suggest otherwise. But if you'd like to put a hand shake "I told you so" wager on it, we certainly can.

NFL Talent:
Tyler Bray
Da'Rick Rogers
Justin Hunter
Dallas Thomas
Alex Bullard
JaWaun James
Corey Miller
Jacq Smith
Herman Lathers
Maurice Couch
Eric Gordon

Every one of those guys will be drafted or in an NFL camp.

Everyone? Are you sure you want to do this? Just because they go to camp doesn't mean they are NFL talent. You have to make the squad, practice squad is included in that. So I will make that wager. They have to make a NFL roster/ practice squad. Are you in?

underthehill writes:

in response to UTSmokey04:

Did I read that someone wrote UT lacks talent? Maybe a refresher for those that base their "talent" on stars by recruiting services...

LT Dallas Thomas - 3 star
LG Zach Fulton - 3 star
C Alex Bullard - 4 star
RG Marcus Jackson - 3 star
RT JaWaun James - 4 star
Reserves:
OG/C James Stone - 4 star
OT Antonio Richardson - 4 star
OT Kyler Krebyson - 4 star
OG Alan Posey - 3 star
OG JerQuari Schofield - 3 star

WR Da'Rick Rogers - 5 star
WR Justin Hunter - 4 star
Reserves:
WR Zach Rogers - 3 star
WR DeAnthony Arnett - 4 star
WR Matt Milton - 4 star
WR Vincent Dallas - 3 star

TE Mycheal Rivera - 3 star
Reserves:
TE Cam Clear - 4 star
TE Brenden Downs - 3 star

RB Tauren Poole - 3 star
Reserves:
RB Marlin Lane - 4 star
RB Tom Smith - 3 star
RB Rajion Neal - 3 star

QB Tyler Bray - 3 star
Reserves:
QB Justin Worley - 3 star
QB Nash Nance - 3 star

That's JUST offense. Please stop saying UT didn't have talent. It was mis-used and under coached.

Thanks for this informaton. What would Vandy's record be if they had UT's talent?

UTSmokey04 writes:

in response to RUstilltalking:

Everyone? Are you sure you want to do this? Just because they go to camp doesn't mean they are NFL talent. You have to make the squad, practice squad is included in that. So I will make that wager. They have to make a NFL roster/ practice squad. Are you in?

I'm not sure how familiar you are with the NFL system, however, the NFL considers you NFL talent if they invite you to camp. There's a reason not all 2,300 college seniors go to camps, that it is invite only.

volpreacher writes:

While we need to get things straightened out on the coaching side, I want the writers to quit emphasizing UT got beat by a wr playing qb. Yes he ran for over 100 yds, but passed for 15. The total offense for Kentucky was 217 yds. Their offensive attack didn't beat UT. UT lost on turnovers and the lack of offensive production. The offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and special teams coach need to go. Also, found out today we have no kicking coach. HIRE ONE!

wallingdad writes:

in response to volpreacher:

While we need to get things straightened out on the coaching side, I want the writers to quit emphasizing UT got beat by a wr playing qb. Yes he ran for over 100 yds, but passed for 15. The total offense for Kentucky was 217 yds. Their offensive attack didn't beat UT. UT lost on turnovers and the lack of offensive production. The offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and special teams coach need to go. Also, found out today we have no kicking coach. HIRE ONE!

UT got beat by a team that played a wide receiver for a qb. i repeat...UT got beat by a team that played a wide receiver for a qb.

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.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to punkin:

Bob is a senile old fa^t. He's still bitter about Majors.

Well Pukmpkin or Punkin or whomever you are let it be said... The man is right, the program under Dooley will never be what is expected of Tennessee football. The guy is a duffer trying to play in a professional tournament, it just wont happen for him. Give Dooley one more year and if there is not major improvment, nothing less than 8 wins then get rid of his butt. Also, if Dooley fails to make changes in his staff to start the 2012 season then we know the vehicle will be in the same ole rutt for next season... The offense has no game plan, nothing intermeditate, only the heave and go, no run game, and they cannot win playing this sort of football from a scheme situation...

barefoot43 writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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What did the author say? He doesn’t like Vince Dooley? I don’t know Dooley? Do you? If coaching through this mess was easy everybody would be doing it. I guess that is one reason why you are not coaching this team.

Did you hear what Tauren Poole said – “No one wanted to be out there”? Well you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken$#%%. How is that for a quote? Coaches cannot make winners out of whiners. If you have ever played on a team you should know that. If you ever played on a championship team you would appreciate it.

I love it when people start spending money that is not there’s. Let’s fire this guy and give him $5 million – I know UT has it.

By all means let’s get rid of this coach and get another one. Who would that new coach be? There is nothing better than to jump into a decision like this without a plan. Remember Alabama doing that for about 10 years?

When Coach Majors was hired and given 17 years worth of chances, he said it would take 5 years to re-build Tennessee to a power. Beano Cook picked UT to win the national championship in 4 years because Majors had done the same at Pitt. Well it took Majors 9 years to get to the Sugar Bowl and UT is at an all time low now. Gilbert, in his infinite wisdom, thinks 2 years is enough now. For me, I don’t think 2 years is enough to form an opinion. I am sick about losing to Kentucky. I am sick of this season. I am sick of the last 5 years. Winning will cure my illness.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

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.

You would think they would wake up after losing to the Cats with a WR and QB and Randy Sanders calling plays. Beat by a team playing backyard football. Dooley has created a team of losers just like himself.

MemphisVOLALum writes:

All the bickering on here won't change a thing. The decision that cost Tenn. the game at Kentucky was playing Tyler Bray. I was impressed by Tyler's toughness as he came back to play last week. Although, he almost cost us the game with his interception at the goal line. It was apparent to me watching the first half against Kentucky that he could not grip and throw as he did before the injury, or even last week. Maybe this was a soreness issue or perhaps the weather had a part. But without question, his throws were off all day. I believe that is why the coaches went to a vertical attack that required less accuracy and more of a "let the reciever run to the ball". I think a short and screen pass gameplan in the second half would have worked. It should have been executed by either of the backups. This is where I take exception with the coaching staff. Adjustments could have and should have been made at halftime. As VOL fans we are all disappointed in the outcome. I've been disappointed for some years now. I've said this before and i will say it again, what wins in college football is quality and depth. We have some quality and little depth. Losing both Hunter, Bray, Jackson, and the others made this a losing season from the start.

Coach Dooley will be back next year. The question is what can he do to fix our quality and depth issues.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to punkin:

Bob is a senile old fa^t. He's still bitter about Majors.

The truth is a B ain't it?

Sir_Spanky writes:

So a lot of 'em didn't want to be out there Saturday? Sounds like a Fulmer team to me. Looks like the Vol-For-Life program Dooley started over there must not be working out too good.

Pullingguard writes:

in response to DufusMcGee:

Dooley gets two more years - no matter what. WHY? Because it takes that long to get your new guys in place and matured to a point of real competition for the SEC. It's difficult but EVERYONE MUST HAVE MORE PATIENCE. There is no other way to twist this story. Otherwise you set the program back another three or four years. PERIOD.

Dumb, dumb, dumb, no one should be given 4 years to get a program going... Kansas gave their coach 2 years and out you go. Its very evident that things are going backward at UT instead of getting better. A fool can see what is happening, the game plans, the scheme's, the desire to play by players, there is nothing happening and I will be astonished if there is not a lot of people pulling their committments to vols for next year.. Hope not, but will not be surprised.

volpreacher writes:

in response to wallingdad:

UT got beat by a team that played a wide receiver for a qb. i repeat...UT got beat by a team that played a wide receiver for a qb.

If they had of scored 25-30 pts. I would say yea, they did. But giving up 10 pts and surrendering only 217 yds, that didn't beat UT. Nice try though.

CCLC writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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You not thinking clearly. Did you think that streak was going to last forever. The effects on player morale from Kiffen gone in a season? The aftermath of 12? players leaving your program? Losing your best wr followed by losing your qb in the meat of your schedule. A fund raising AD and non too sharp board of regents? Sounds to me it all adds up to the perfect storm. Gotta blame somebody might as well be the coach. This storm started before young Dooley arrived on campus. This storm started with Fulmer delegating and an impatient fan base. The loss of two good coordinators and a we must win all the time every time perspective from fans. Football is cyclic. You think you won't beat Floriduh next year? I'd bet you a steak dinner you beat the gators in 2012. It will be a few before you beat the Dawgs again...... but you will. I'll bet you another steak dinner on that one too.
just sayin'

TheCopper writes:

in response to TommyJack:

So Cop...you think we can hire a quality coach when he realizes he only has 2 years to do the job? Huh?

A quality coach wouldn't have to worry about only having 2 years. In my opinion we don't have a quality coach. Do you sincerely think that Dooley will turn this thing around? Don't get me wrong, I really hope he does, I just don't think he will.

CCLC writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

Dumb, dumb, dumb, no one should be given 4 years to get a program going... Kansas gave their coach 2 years and out you go. Its very evident that things are going backward at UT instead of getting better. A fool can see what is happening, the game plans, the scheme's, the desire to play by players, there is nothing happening and I will be astonished if there is not a lot of people pulling their committments to vols for next year.. Hope not, but will not be surprised.

Mike Shula U of Alabama. You think those fans are not as rabid a base as UT fans. Think again. And he got 4 years.

arkyvol writes:

my first reaction on reading some of the letters attacking this columnist is, my god--are some people that stupid?! folks, this sow's ear ain't gonna turn into a silk purse. he came to town a loser and is going to leave a worse one. whether its this year, next year, or as some have said, 'we owe him five years', the only thing that's going to improve is his loss total. why is it that hard to see?

UTKin1992 writes:

As a fan and alumnus, I'm begrudgingly living through this horrible Dooley era knowing it's inevitable that he's going to get fired sooner or later.

Until recently, I've believed that it was in the best interest of the university that Dooley should be retained through 2012 - even though he's been an abject failure as head coach; another coaching change would be disastrous.

That was the case. Until Saturday.

A season full of bad leadership and even worse coaching came to fruition. The players aren't well prepared, are confused and lack direction. Former players are openly calling for Dooley's head and fans are as divided as I've seen in my 40 years. Meanwhile a mediocre recruiting class hangs in the balance.

The questions arise as to WHY he deserves another season and WHAT would be lost by firing him in order to start (really) building for the future?

Keeping him just one more season is going to be far more costly than firing him today...which Dave Hart should do.

volpreacher writes:

in response to CCLC:

Mike Shula U of Alabama. You think those fans are not as rabid a base as UT fans. Think again. And he got 4 years.

Yes, Mike Shula went 6-6 his last year, but the year before he went 10-2.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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1) Because it doesn't blow sunshine and rainbows up his skirt about how wonderful the Vols future is,

2) Because the article calls for real and meaningful change and if there's one thing that a lot of Vols fans hate more than losing to UK...it's real and meaningful change, and

3) It isn't his opinion so he insults it just like I did with this entire post.

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