Dooley on Hart: 'I'm not going to have to educate him on football'

Derek Dooley on the fumbles, interceptions against Montana

Dave Hart introduced as UT's Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics - Pt. 3

The first meeting with his new boss was scheduled for later in the afternoon.

After getting some glowing reviews from his old one, Derek Dooley seemed like he was already prepared for the sit-down and a chance to get the ball rolling with just-hired Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart.

The Vols coach hadn't yet had more than some casual conversations with Hart when practice ended on Tuesday morning at Haslam Field, but armed with some background from a guy both Dooley and Hart know well, the relationship might already be off to a productive start.

"I've had a lot of conversations with him, but I haven't sat down with him," Dooley said. "We're going to do that this afternoon, and I'm really excited about kind of starting a new direction from a leadership standpoint in our athletics department.

"The thing I obviously love about Dave is that he's been around big-time college football at Florida State and Alabama. He knows what a football program needs, the support that we need and that is going to be very appreciated when he brings it to us. (Alabama coach) Nick (Saban) had nothing but good things to say about him, and that's good enough for me."

He'll soon find out for himself what direction Hart would like to take with the Vols (1-0), but considering his background at schools with prestigious football programs, it's safe to assume he'll take an interest in the rebuilding effort Dooley is leading in his second season with the program.

Hart won't officially be taking up his post in time against visiting Cincinnati (1-0) on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.). But he and Dooley figure to have laid out an understanding of the roles each will play in trying to return to UT to a championship level quickly starting with the meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

"Well, certainly every coach wants their boss to have a real good understanding of their sport because it's challenging if they don't," Dooley said. "I think it's fair to say, I'm not going to have to educate him on football.

"He knows it, so we can get right to the heart of it, and that'll be good."

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say if Dooley in Witch Doctor in. Witch Doctor say really a bean counters job in todays world. Witch Doctor say lets see what the guy can do..
Bones never lie.

FearlessFreep writes:

DD isn't going to succeed or fail as a result of lack of support. Hart will give him everything he needs, then some. What happens from there is up to Dooley and his staff.

These two appear to have like mindsets on how to run a program.

Orange_White writes:

I think Dooley and Hart will have a great relationship. This will help get the football program going in the right direction.

TNPilgrim writes:

FINALLY!! UT has hired someone with extensive experience at the major college level. Let's hope this hire is as good as it looks on paper.

TrueVolFan writes:

Lets not forget that it was just less than two years ago that Coach Dooley himself was an AD (although at a smaller scale). I believe that in itself will help tremendously in the relationship. Coach Dooley knows and understands exactly what is needed out of Mr. Hart and also what Mr. Hart needs out of the coaches working under his direction.

I was a little antsy as well just seeing the issues surrounding FSU, but the more I read and understood about it, the more I saw that it was an 'Academic Issue' that affected student athletes, not a 'Student Athlete Issue' concerning academics. That clears his name in my opinion from the scandal at FSU. Welcome to Big Orange country Mr. Hart, we are pleased to have you!
Go Vols!

FWBVol writes:

Hart said in the press conference that he is not one to micro manage his coaches. He will provide support for them and it is understood that he is their boss. But I don't think he'll be going to Cuonzo Martin and telling him what kind of plays the basketball team should run or to Derek Dooley and demand that we have a particular defense.

It seems that one of his strengths is letting good coaches work under broad parameters as long as they play by the rules.

volsfan74 writes:

CDD just keep Jim Haslam happy he is the one that makes sure you have the necessary resources to build a Championship caliber team.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

No Derek..you won't have to educate Hart...Especially on Tennessee Football Today...When we trail South Florida, Central Florida, and Northern Illinois in the polls...There's not much to learn.

Don't worry though Dave...As long as we have good character...We've got 10 years to turn it around.

Volstate writes:

Since they both have the same barber I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about.

VolzsFan writes:

We just need to get it back where it was...........What does that mean? Prior to 1990s this program was a 6-5 bridesmaid bunch. You became relevant and winning or competing for titles because of the Hall of Famer. I guess we should get back to the way it was when it only happened in one era in the schools history. You bunch of spoiled brats. The worst thing the Great Phil did was spoil the fan base to new expectations this program had never had nor could ever reach again.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Volz fan.....Uhhh......WTF? Obviously history is not your strong suit....There are too many references to refute your tunnelvisioned self. So suffice it to say you need to chill, and let the good times get ready to roll. The only redeeming thing you said is that you like coach Fulmer. Unfortunately, with your unbalanced assault of all of us orange inclined, you run the risk of hurting Coach in instead of helping him. Please remember, everyone who has a computer is not a publisher. And everyone, although they have the right to express their opinion, probably shouldn't....

VOLliven2it writes:

VolznotFan is at it again. Hall of Famer is gone. The one who goned him is gone. Maybe if you were gone we could go on with life on Rocky Top as it should be.
Dooley did not get us in the mess we are currently seeing cleaned up. It began with the Hall of Famer. So spoiled brats that we are(sounds like bad hotdog meat)the Great Phil took us up and all are thankful for that. But he began taking us back down more quickly than many would admit. So here we are, keep on showing that you are not a fan. We'll read and then move on. Wish you could as well. This is my final response to you and know that messes up your day. :)

JSamson7 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We just need to get it back where it was...........What does that mean? Prior to 1990s this program was a 6-5 bridesmaid bunch. You became relevant and winning or competing for titles because of the Hall of Famer. I guess we should get back to the way it was when it only happened in one era in the schools history. You bunch of spoiled brats. The worst thing the Great Phil did was spoil the fan base to new expectations this program had never had nor could ever reach again.

Just goes to show how little you really know about the history of the UT Football program. Care to explain how a "6-5 bridesmaid bunch" won 3 SEC titles from '85 to '90 under Johnny Majors or has the 2nd most SEC titles all time over GA, FL, LSU, or Aub? NEXT...

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Let's focus on eddycating Cinci Sat.

GBO

FearlessFreep writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Let's focus on eddycating Cinci Sat.

GBO

THIS

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We just need to get it back where it was...........What does that mean? Prior to 1990s this program was a 6-5 bridesmaid bunch. You became relevant and winning or competing for titles because of the Hall of Famer. I guess we should get back to the way it was when it only happened in one era in the schools history. You bunch of spoiled brats. The worst thing the Great Phil did was spoil the fan base to new expectations this program had never had nor could ever reach again.

You are exactly right.

Johnny Majors once said on television that he did not think it was possible to win a national championship at Tennessee...Majors, for all his flaws, was no dummy, going to show how extraordinary what Fulmer did in 98 really was.

When I think of Fulmer and this bunch here, I'm reminded of Cholly Mac at LSU. They ran him off and regretted it for two decades...Only to come back when they hired Saban....Thanks to fools who have no idea what that championship meant, we now languish with a bunch of mid-majors.

lofter writes:

in response to Volstate:

Since they both have the same barber I'm sure they'll have lots to talk about.

Now, THAT'S funny!

ClearVol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We just need to get it back where it was...........What does that mean? Prior to 1990s this program was a 6-5 bridesmaid bunch. You became relevant and winning or competing for titles because of the Hall of Famer. I guess we should get back to the way it was when it only happened in one era in the schools history. You bunch of spoiled brats. The worst thing the Great Phil did was spoil the fan base to new expectations this program had never had nor could ever reach again.

You must be mistaking UT for flo-rida. Yes, prior to steve, the Gators didnt win anything. However, Tennesse is in the Top Eight winningest programs of ALL time.
Chomp on that.

ClearVol writes:

Yes, I know how to spell Tennessee. (Darn i pad)

VolinCalif writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

We just need to get it back where it was...........What does that mean? Prior to 1990s this program was a 6-5 bridesmaid bunch. You became relevant and winning or competing for titles because of the Hall of Famer. I guess we should get back to the way it was when it only happened in one era in the schools history. You bunch of spoiled brats. The worst thing the Great Phil did was spoil the fan base to new expectations this program had never had nor could ever reach again.

Z you are out of it. UT has a rich history and is among the best for it's football history. You will never see another team go un-scored on during the reg. season. That will always be just Tenn. So take your BS back to Fl. It took a Tenn boy to start your team on the up sweep. and to gain any glory.

VolGrad writes:

Ready to move forward. Maybe now we can. Dave seems like a genuine and intelligent individual.

Go Vols! Go Tennessee!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to ClearVol:

You must be mistaking UT for flo-rida. Yes, prior to steve, the Gators didnt win anything. However, Tennesse is in the Top Eight winningest programs of ALL time.
Chomp on that.

You are correct, but that doesn't count for much as Tn. now sports a losing record against Fla. all time...As they do with both Alabama and Auburn...A few more years with Dooley, and you can expect Georgia to turn that corner as well.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Witch Doctor notice also, Witch Doctor say he just here for a "reaction"..something he is missing in the real world except from his cats. Witch Doctor say he got boring fast.
Bones never lie.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

You are correct, but that doesn't count for much as Tn. now sports a losing record against Fla. all time...As they do with both Alabama and Auburn...A few more years with Dooley, and you can expect Georgia to turn that corner as well.

You have no idea... just how clairvoyant... you are not.

And being among the top winningest programs will always matter more than having an overall losing record against any one particular school. The latter is more subject to change than the former: the former is more indicative of a set course.

Go Vols!!!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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My Oh My...How these conspiracy theories do abound. Next thing you know one of us will be Raoul from the grassy knoll in Dallas.

Gee... can't say about CSS, but maybe Volzfan, treytn, Snakeslipskin, and Volalumnuntz are just your common ordinary hit gins...Beware though...I understand Papermate_Chinese_Bandit is considering a comeback.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to VolGrad:

You have no idea... just how clairvoyant... you are not.

And being among the top winningest programs will always matter more than having an overall losing record against any one particular school. The latter is more subject to change than the former: the former is more indicative of a set course.

Go Vols!!!

I couldn't agree more!!!

Smokey says excellent cjoice of words..

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolGrad:

You have no idea... just how clairvoyant... you are not.

And being among the top winningest programs will always matter more than having an overall losing record against any one particular school. The latter is more subject to change than the former: the former is more indicative of a set course.

Go Vols!!!

Keep believing this. Especially when the Dawgs step on our face with hobnail boot and break our nose and the Gators go chomp chomp in the Swamp...Can't wait to hear the Dooley Foolies after those disasters....Will be here...How bout you?

Couchdummy writes:

Just curious, what ever happened to TJ? Havent seen hinm on here in quite a long time. I'd bet he might have a one-line quip for VolzsFan's post.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Yes...And be in Neyland Oct 8...With Dooley's defense, you might just hear an echo from the past...It goes something like..." He drove right over those orange shirts and is just driving and running with those big thighs. My God a freshman!"

snakeplissken writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

You are exactly right.

Johnny Majors once said on television that he did not think it was possible to win a national championship at Tennessee...Majors, for all his flaws, was no dummy, going to show how extraordinary what Fulmer did in 98 really was.

When I think of Fulmer and this bunch here, I'm reminded of Cholly Mac at LSU. They ran him off and regretted it for two decades...Only to come back when they hired Saban....Thanks to fools who have no idea what that championship meant, we now languish with a bunch of mid-majors.

Majors is a bitter old drunk and I agree if he coached we wouldn't have ever won a NC. He's put down our great state, our prestigious University and it's leaders on an Alabama radio station many times. I can assure you he's not respected or even wanted around our Athletic Department.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Yes... And Munson was the best...If you go and want to catch that echo, the best place is Section X in the North End Zone...Bill Bates children are still feeling it...With Dooley's defense, likely to be deja vu all over again.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Yes... And Munson was the best...If you go and want to catch that echo, the best place is Section X in the North End Zone...Bill Bates children are still feeling it...With Dooley's defense, likely to be deja vu all over again.

I can't believe it.....a Jawja fan talking smack after the mutts getting annihilated on national television the other night, looking like 85 used tampons out there. ROFLOL

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to snakeplissken:

I can't believe it.....a Jawja fan talking smack after the mutts getting annihilated on national television the other night, looking like 85 used tampons out there. ROFLOL

Not a Dawg fan...Just a UT alum who can't swallow this "Jim Jones" Dooley concoction that's being peddled here...If you want a preview of Ga-Tn, you can catch it on ESPNU tomorrow night at 8 pm.

baldingalum writes:

You take unemployment and you sprinkle in a lot of dork and you end up with fans of other SEC schools posting garbage on a Tennessee site.

I'd go after the Georgia fan who litters this site, but making fun of the Bulldogs right now is like clubbing a baby seal.

If you want to put on flashy garb and act like you own the Georgia Dome here's a tip...win.

Boise State pounded you.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Lets hope practice is no longer lackydaiscal

snakeplissken writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Not a Dawg fan...Just a UT alum who can't swallow this "Jim Jones" Dooley concoction that's being peddled here...If you want a preview of Ga-Tn, you can catch it on ESPNU tomorrow night at 8 pm.

Not sure of your 'Jim Jones' comment? I think Dooley is a good man but the question is will tennessee fans be content with a good man as head coach if he doesn't take us to the SEC championship game in 2012? If Dooley doesn't do it in 2012, I'd say the AD will expect it in 2013 or Dooley will be dismissed.
As far as Georgia, seems they're in a similar situation except they're already at the point of apathy. Good man coaching, but not the results on the field that the Dawg faithful expect.
Dooley was far from being the first coach they wanted at UT after Kiffin bolted, but none of the elite coaches were interested in Tennessee for many reasons. Dooley was the best of what was left over that would take the job.
Tennessee & Georgia have just about evenly split victories against each other since about 2000, so this game is virtually a tossup as of right now.

smyrnavol writes:

in response to MOUNTAINofOKEMO:

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Don't know about these other guys, but I would love for the girls in Knoxville to discipline me. They're hot. Bones SURE don't lie there fella! GO VOLS!!!

rockypop writes:

Based on Dooley's comment about "not having to educate Hart about football," kinda sounds like a subtle slam at Million-Dollar Mike.

DavidB writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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wouldnt shock me if it was someone from KNS to stir the pot. Who needs multiple user names really? Would be simple for KNS to figure it out if they wanted to. They could simply grab the IP address of the troll and look to see if the IP address has multiple user names. If it does then ban that IP address from now on.

On a different note, those of you that actually went to the game Saturday did anyone else notice that drinks have now went up again. Bottle of water $4.00. All the drinks were pretty warm from vendors walking through the stadium.

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

You are exactly right.

Johnny Majors once said on television that he did not think it was possible to win a national championship at Tennessee...Majors, for all his flaws, was no dummy, going to show how extraordinary what Fulmer did in 98 really was.

When I think of Fulmer and this bunch here, I'm reminded of Cholly Mac at LSU. They ran him off and regretted it for two decades...Only to come back when they hired Saban....Thanks to fools who have no idea what that championship meant, we now languish with a bunch of mid-majors.

When I think of Phil Fulmer and his bunch, I think of the Hillbilly Mafia and a concerted effort to claim the UT Athletic Dept for their very own. Just so glad wiser heads prevented it from happening.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Are you serious? I'd be willing to bet that KNS loves it when the trolls post, because they make more people respond! And the more hits on the article, the more bonuses are paid! I can see Adams leaning back in his chair saying, "Ka-ching, Ka-ching!$!" The best way to deal with these Waffle-whiffers is to ignore them!

Voluvr writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Not a Dawg fan...Just a UT alum who can't swallow this "Jim Jones" Dooley concoction that's being peddled here...If you want a preview of Ga-Tn, you can catch it on ESPNU tomorrow night at 8 pm.

I'm sure Jimmy Cheek is losing sleep tonight over your highly qualified opinion.

Voluvr writes:

It's interesting that with a coach with the heft of Derek Dooley with coaching and AD experience, not to mention his education and pedigree. Then, he now has a boss to answer to. Just goes to show, no matter how far up the rung you climb, you're always accountable to someone.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Keep believing this. Especially when the Dawgs step on our face with hobnail boot and break our nose and the Gators go chomp chomp in the Swamp...Can't wait to hear the Dooley Foolies after those disasters....Will be here...How bout you?

I made a statement of fact. Show me where my statement was false or misleading.

No, all you can do is look into your alleged crystal ball and make spurious predictions based on your own opinions to suit your own purposes.

You know what you can do with that "hob-nail" boot.

Go Vols!!!

FWBVol writes:

To all of those Tennessee fans and trolls that keep piling it on CDD, how many of you have coached a high school game or even a youth league game? I won't ask how many of you have coached at the college level even D III or NAIA.

People that really understand football know that Derek Dooley walked into a situation most coaches didn't want. Maybe part of it was Mike Hamilton, but a lot of it was a fear of the possible NCAA sanctions associated with the former staff and the bare bones roster that comes with a school having three coaches in less than 18 months.

Lane Kiffin, before his departure and the exodus of guys like Bryce Brown and the late Aaron Douglas, even admitted that 2010 was going to be more difficult than 2009 had he returned.

Half of those players in 2009 signing class that Kiffin brought in are no longer with the program.

We are younger this year than we were last year. More than 70 percent of our roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores. Yes, we've had a good offseason, but that doesn't always translate into a good season and when that happens it is often because young players are still growing up and there's nothing the coaches can do about it.

The redshirt juniors and all of the seniors on this team have played for three coaches. Even the juniors have had three strength coaches.

Unless you go the JUCO route and take a chance on a Cam Newton player it takes time to build a program right. Sure Auburn won the NC last year, but they might very well have a losing record this year.

Mack Brown has been at Texas forever and the Longhorns were 5-7 and didn't go to a bowl last year after they played Bama for the championship in 2009.

I know we live in fast food microwave society where everyone wants everything yesterday, but while it might seem that taking the time to do something right takes longer, as we have found out with the Kiffin disaster, it takes less time to do it right than to od it over.

I firmly believe that Derek Dooley is doing things right and given another year or two even the fair weather fans will be glad he's our coach.

kingmufasa76 writes:

in response to LibertyVolance:

When I think of Phil Fulmer and his bunch, I think of the Hillbilly Mafia and a concerted effort to claim the UT Athletic Dept for their very own. Just so glad wiser heads prevented it from happening.

that and got tired of his famous quote “what we need to do is get back basics” lol glad i dont have to hear that anymore

ncvol59 writes:

in response to JSamson7:

Just goes to show how little you really know about the history of the UT Football program. Care to explain how a "6-5 bridesmaid bunch" won 3 SEC titles from '85 to '90 under Johnny Majors or has the 2nd most SEC titles all time over GA, FL, LSU, or Aub? NEXT...

Great post. You could have also mentioned the incredible accomplishments under the General. We are not without wonderful tradition and history.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

To all of those Tennessee fans and trolls that keep piling it on CDD, how many of you have coached a high school game or even a youth league game? I won't ask how many of you have coached at the college level even D III or NAIA.

People that really understand football know that Derek Dooley walked into a situation most coaches didn't want. Maybe part of it was Mike Hamilton, but a lot of it was a fear of the possible NCAA sanctions associated with the former staff and the bare bones roster that comes with a school having three coaches in less than 18 months.

Lane Kiffin, before his departure and the exodus of guys like Bryce Brown and the late Aaron Douglas, even admitted that 2010 was going to be more difficult than 2009 had he returned.

Half of those players in 2009 signing class that Kiffin brought in are no longer with the program.

We are younger this year than we were last year. More than 70 percent of our roster is made up of freshmen and sophomores. Yes, we've had a good offseason, but that doesn't always translate into a good season and when that happens it is often because young players are still growing up and there's nothing the coaches can do about it.

The redshirt juniors and all of the seniors on this team have played for three coaches. Even the juniors have had three strength coaches.

Unless you go the JUCO route and take a chance on a Cam Newton player it takes time to build a program right. Sure Auburn won the NC last year, but they might very well have a losing record this year.

Mack Brown has been at Texas forever and the Longhorns were 5-7 and didn't go to a bowl last year after they played Bama for the championship in 2009.

I know we live in fast food microwave society where everyone wants everything yesterday, but while it might seem that taking the time to do something right takes longer, as we have found out with the Kiffin disaster, it takes less time to do it right than to od it over.

I firmly believe that Derek Dooley is doing things right and given another year or two even the fair weather fans will be glad he's our coach.

Excellent post; agree with all.

murrayvol writes:

in response to hcjournals#206623:

Volz fan.....Uhhh......WTF? Obviously history is not your strong suit....There are too many references to refute your tunnelvisioned self. So suffice it to say you need to chill, and let the good times get ready to roll. The only redeeming thing you said is that you like coach Fulmer. Unfortunately, with your unbalanced assault of all of us orange inclined, you run the risk of hurting Coach in instead of helping him. Please remember, everyone who has a computer is not a publisher. And everyone, although they have the right to express their opinion, probably shouldn't....

hc, be aware this mope is not a Vols fan but a Vol(z) fan. His only joy in life is yanking the chains of GVX visitors. Don't be that guy.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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Johnny said many things -- sometimes he was excited, sometimes he was angry, sometimes he was sober.

I agree with your sentiment though, I doubt if he would have left Pittsburgh to return to The Hill if he didn't think he could win a NC.

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