Derek Dooley and his orange pants: 'I bought the good stuff'

ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley cheers on defensive back Prentiss Waggner, left, after the Vols' defense stopped Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros on a fourth-and-1 play in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium last Saturday.

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2011

ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee coach Derek Dooley cheers on defensive back Prentiss Waggner, left, after the Vols' defense stopped Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros on a fourth-and-1 play in the second quarter at Neyland Stadium last Saturday.

The last thing Derek Dooley wanted to talk about this week was his pants, but that hasn't stopped everyone else from buzzing about the orange trousers he's sported for the first two games.

Dooley would neither confirm nor deny whether he would don the throwback, Tennessee orange pants for the game today (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) at Florida, but it's become clear what Vol fans would prefer.

"The orange pants," a recent caller said on Dooley's weekly radio show, "brought tears to my eyes."

Inspired by the ESPN documentary "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," Dooley told the Vols he would pay tribute to the coaches of that era and wear orange pants for the season opener.

No one believed him. It took quite the effort to prove the doubters wrong, too.

Local tailor John H. Daniel helped Dooley meticulously search for the proper fabric, but it wasn't "for months" until he found the "perfect cloth" from a retailer in England. The tailors dyed the pants three times before they were satisfied with its bright shade of orange, according to a WBIR report.

A short clip documenting the making of Dooley's pants was shown on the Jumbotron in between series at last week's game against Cincinnati and has since gone viral on the Internet.

One Vol fan was inspired enough to create a Twitter account that unofficially serves as the voice of Dooley's pants.

"Finally at the hotel," the pants said via Twitter on Friday. "These hotel hangers ain't like the ones back in Knoxville. Gonna have to start bringing my own."

Dooley said he's yet to reach out to Johnny Majors, who occasionally donned a similar style of trousers, but joked that the former UT coach might be jealous.

"His weren't shining like mine were," Dooley said. "Coach Majors, he's always been a little cheap. I bought the good stuff."

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor noticing hes starting to show more and more of his true personality..kinda like his moms. Witch Doctor understand why the players like him.
Bones never lie.

MtJ_Orange writes:

How can you not like Coach Dooley. I'm glad that he has a personality unlike his former boss Mr. Saban. Saban is a great coach but I would want my son to play for Dooley any day over him. Go get'em Coach and us back a victory from the pond!

516milesfromUT writes:

Them there pants, pretty good. I like his great analogies better still. His comments always make me laugh. He has character. Must be why he is buildng this program back up with it.

Prediction revision:
Vols 34
Florida 19
The Gators like them field goals as much as we like Dooleys pants, and thats alot.
-T-

eVOLved writes:

If the Vol fanbase is a Southern Baptist Church, Coach Dooley is the dapper deacon, pillar of the community.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Coach Dooley is a class act! We are very fortunate to have him and his staff.

Go Vols! Beat Gators!

Voluvr writes:

Vols 31 UF 24

pingkr62 writes:

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A win over the Gators would make us all more confident. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

VOL2014 writes:

Lot's of people have been talking about Georgia wanting Dooley when Richt gets fired. I don't care if that happens or not, I'll always like Dooley and his orange pants.

StarkVOL writes:

If Majors is cheap and Dooley gets the "good stuff", what's the over under on those pant$ ?

Bleed_Orange_n_Ky writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Off topic because I can't sleep ... I was listening to 104.5, (Nashville's sport radio), yesterday and one of the media guys was wearing his orange down in no-gain-ville. He said on every other pre-game visit there had always been lots of smack talk sent his way, but this time the gay-turd fans hadn't said jack to him. Just like many have posted here, the gay-turds are worried. On a negative note, 50% chance of thunderstorms with 10 - 15 mph winds forecasted, but at least it's suppose to be mostly cloudy ... which should hold down the temp.

GO VOLS ... BEAT THE GAY-TURDS!!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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I'm glad someone helped you figure that one out. Now you won't be able to use Dooley's pants as an excuse when Florida gets beat.

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to Bleed_Orange_n_Ky:

Off topic because I can't sleep ... I was listening to 104.5, (Nashville's sport radio), yesterday and one of the media guys was wearing his orange down in no-gain-ville. He said on every other pre-game visit there had always been lots of smack talk sent his way, but this time the gay-turd fans hadn't said jack to him. Just like many have posted here, the gay-turds are worried. On a negative note, 50% chance of thunderstorms with 10 - 15 mph winds forecasted, but at least it's suppose to be mostly cloudy ... which should hold down the temp.

GO VOLS ... BEAT THE GAY-TURDS!!!

50% chance of thunderstorms... Oh heck! Just think how many times this series has been flipped in mid-game by weather. This fan just wants to see where we are as a team right now--without any meteorological mischief.

As for Dooley's "pantaloni d'arancione"... it's nearly impossible to get two different materials to appear the same shade of orange on TV. The best you can do is color them differently so they appear the same from a given camera distance (which is why field-level cameras reveal the orange on our helmets is actually darker than the jerseys).

It takes money & expertise to get it right--and if you're gonna represent a multi-million dollar, major university football program on national TV wearing orange pants, you can't show up looking like John Daly on the first tee at the Wednesday Pro-Am.

(...or looking ready to offer a sa-lute to Chestnut Flat, Tennessee from the "Hee-Haw" cornfield.)

A man walks a fine line in orange pants. The Doolander walks fine by me.

Big_Orange_Rocketman writes:

Mama_Calls_Me_Precious???

Maybe you should stay outta Mama's bed. Im just sayin' after a boy turns twenty-nine, it's time to get your own place and your own bed. Mama's getting a bit old now, if you know what I mean.

Take_Back_Knoxville writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

50% chance of thunderstorms... Oh heck! Just think how many times this series has been flipped in mid-game by weather. This fan just wants to see where we are as a team right now--without any meteorological mischief.

As for Dooley's "pantaloni d'arancione"... it's nearly impossible to get two different materials to appear the same shade of orange on TV. The best you can do is color them differently so they appear the same from a given camera distance (which is why field-level cameras reveal the orange on our helmets is actually darker than the jerseys).

It takes money & expertise to get it right--and if you're gonna represent a multi-million dollar, major university football program on national TV wearing orange pants, you can't show up looking like John Daly on the first tee at the Wednesday Pro-Am.

(...or looking ready to offer a sa-lute to Chestnut Flat, Tennessee from the "Hee-Haw" cornfield.)

A man walks a fine line in orange pants. The Doolander walks fine by me.

It is funny that you referenced Hee-Haw. Yesterday I completed a survey from the UTAD asking for suggestions and I said that whoever is in charge of the band's music should be more creative and not be afraid of our southern roots. I suggested that they play the Hee-Haw theme during opposing team penalties as a starter. Hee-haw!

duck_in_a_pen writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Win or lose, it is great to know UT football is keeping you up at night! You validate our return to prominence. Thank you for your persistent interest in our program.

punkin writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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The two Fla. fans at my work (they are big jackwagons like you) have been unusually quiet this week. Scared?

MinisterOfDefense writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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How about this for, "Grasping at straws?" Your secondary doesn't have a soul in it that can get in the way of Hunter or Rogers, let alone stop them. If you play two safeties back so you don't get beat deep (which you had better do) Tauren Poole is looking at a seven man front to run into. Our O-Line is young, but Poole is a hammer. Those two and three yard runs in the first quarter have a habit of turning into eight and nine yard runs by the fourth, with the occasional twenty plus sprinkled in. And about that offense you have, John Brantley scares nobody in the SEC, Precious. After facing very mobile QBs with good decision making, the Vols defense will hit Brantley early and often, sparking the mistakes he's come to be known for. That analysis straw-free enough for ya?

Can I Get a Witness?!

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

Coach Major's pants would had to have been orange Checks to match his Sports Jacket. Majors always dressed like an old Cracker the entire time in Knoxville.

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Straws? No, not really. Don't notice that so much. Can't see the straws being grasped.

However, on the other hand...

Vol43 writes:

Well boys and girls....it's FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE! I have an 18" rubber gator autographed by John Ward helplessly hanging by the neck from my mailbox. It's a beautiful thing. Of course my yard is adorned with various Orange stuff. Oh yeah, almost forgot. My neighbor is a huge VOL, too.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Just like the spread offense isn't really "new"-the orange pants aren't either. Johnny Majors used to wear the orange pants and with a white belt!

ZacharyUTK writes:

Anyone know if CDD takes the players through Neyland's Maxims before each game, or was that just a Fulmer tradition?

OrangePsyched writes:

This game is huge for this season. If we play this thing with composure and handle some of the adversity that we're sure to face we can leave with the "W". If we panic it could get ugly. I think we come out on top 31-17.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

I saw that ESPN deal with Shaw and Urban breaking down the tape. They showed one play where they said Bray did a good job standing in the pocket against Alabama to complete a pass. They didn't notice that that was actually Simms, because Bray hasn't PLAYED against Alabama yet! How could the editors not catch that? I'm not so sure they didn't do it on purpose! I hate ESPN and their bunch of media front-runners!

kini13#233353 writes:

I don't understand what the hub-bub is all about. The orange pants look great! My husband could not find any, so he bought some white pants and I dyed them and they were great. Every week some one would ask him where he got them!

RockyTopinAlabubba writes:

I love the pants! Hope he wears them today. I need to get me a pair to wear for team spirit day at work. All the alabubba fans at work would LOVE them for sure!

volfan2002 writes:

We may or may not win this game today, but were on the right track. Wins will come soon and we'll be back towards the top of the SEC.

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