Dooley ‘fixing’ UT staff

KNOXVILLE — It's too soon to know if the seven new assistant coaches on Derek Dooley's staff at Tennessee are upgrades over their predecessors.

From the perspective of the Volunteers' third-year coach, though, the new faces offer a fresh start of sorts.

“Is it normal to have seven coaches transition in a year? No, it's very rare for something like that to happen,” Dooley said during his interview with the Times Free Press last week. “But I kind of view it as sort of a correction. When you start a company, when you start anything, you always have that little initial correction to kind of fix all the things maybe you didn't get right in the beginning.

“I think it was a good correction for me, and I think it's going to be for the team.”

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SummittsCourt writes:

I say they are all upgrades. This should be a fun and interesting year for the Vols!

wigmeister writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Blah, blah, blah!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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I was never that impressed with Wilcox. We'll see if the new DC is an upgrade or not but I think he is.

Classof72 writes:

I think CDD will be a fine athletic director someday. If he thinks the kicking game will fix itself, he will become an athletic director sooner rather than later. Who on this new staff is responsible for the kickers and the kicking game? Unless he fixes it, the kicking game is going to kick CDD out of Knoxville next fall.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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Not that it's that much better, but you should check your facts before you post. There were three offenses worse just in the SEC. There were 16 worse in the FBS.

VolzsFan writes:

Yes, Wilcox did wonders with what he had ranking his defense in the Top 20 in most statistical categories. After Layne ran off or lost 44 kids (44 kids is almost two whole signing classes), Wilcox did well with the pieces.

The defense did well enough for UT to have won as many as 3 more games last year but the offense is putrid.

The rest is spin. No way he wanted this many to jet. They all left for lateral moves because he is a lame duck and they do not think he knows what he is doing.

I know I am enjoying that change!!!!!

CroKev writes:

Yeah, after being with the national champs, Sunseri was eager to join a sinking ship. Some of you guys really take the cake...

jschariter#367312 writes:

I don't know if the new staff is an upgrade or not. It is however a sign of poor leadership when you see such high turnover. After all the head coach did pick the original staff. I wish Dooley would take more personal responsibility for the team's poor performance. His explanation of now selecting a staff that buys into his organization and philosophy implies that his first staff did not.... ie they did not buy his leadership style. There is no evidence based on his record as a head coach that his philosophy and organization will yield a successful program. I just wish he would keep his mouth shut. He seems to blame others. It was discouraging to see the teams GPA so low after his speeches about picking high character young men. His answer.. blame turnover at the Thornton Center... Please. At least he stays off motorcycles with 25 year olds.

CrankE writes:

Bob Barker would be proud.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

Easier schedule, more depth, players older and supposedly more mature. If we go 5-6 or 6-7 again, time to go. Not expecting SEC East champs, but need to see improvement by the 3d year for crying out loud, and be competeitive in every game, and let's score in the 1st and 2d half vs shutout in 3 or 4 games in the 2d half in a row cuz the other team made adjustments and we did not or could not.

We got 3 cream puffs - ga state, akron & troy. Should be able to pull 4 Ws out of the remaining 9 games since ukitten and candy are 2 of those, although...

No "but what do you expect, there were 7 new asst coaches..." yadda, yadda phooey. If it don't happen this year, it will be time to move along little dogie, I mean Dooley.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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You're an insult to intelligent college football fans everywhere. I see you never got that copy of "college football for dummies" I sent to your cubicle.

"If he wanted to run a 3-4, why didn't he run a 3-4? We need a competent coach, not a mouthpiece figurehead."

That comment is all anybody needs to read to understand that you are completely LOST when you leave the "trolling" realm, and try to talk college football.

You make a HUGE fool out of yourself every single time you post. I guess some just don't care how dim they look. Sad.

Try reading the piece instead of just blabbering out bias BS. Obviously he couldn't hire a CSS when he wanted to due to time constraints. NOW, he has the opportunity to hire a DC that fits HIS program, AND along with the other assistants he has the continuity he wants.

It's really not rocket science to REAL football fans that aren't here to just TROLL out BS on a daily basis. YOU are PATHETIC.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to CroKev:

Yeah, after being with the national champs, Sunseri was eager to join a sinking ship. Some of you guys really take the cake...

In 2011 Sal was the second choice for the HC position at Pitt where he was an all american in the early 80's. He came to UT because of his
desire to be a HC, and you must be a DC/OC before you become a HC. Given the Pitt guy left in the middle of the night for ASU after one year, I imagine Pitt would like a do over with that hire. I give Sal an over/under of 3 yrs before he is gone.

born2ride writes:

If we want be winners again dump Dooley and get Bobby Petrino.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

In 2011 Sal was the second choice for the HC position at Pitt where he was an all american in the early 80's. He came to UT because of his
desire to be a HC, and you must be a DC/OC before you become a HC. Given the Pitt guy left in the middle of the night for ASU after one year, I imagine Pitt would like a do over with that hire. I give Sal an over/under of 3 yrs before he is gone.

Poor little bama troll. It says a lot when all you have to de on a Monday morning, as a tide fan, is TROLL a Vol site. You sound like the little boy "shen". You know, the little farragut boy that wore bama gear in HS for attention. That IS what it's all about for you little TROLLS isn't it, attention?

You are not qualified, nor are you intellignet enough to make a call on the future of UT football.

wallingdad writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

You're an insult to intelligent college football fans everywhere. I see you never got that copy of "college football for dummies" I sent to your cubicle.

"If he wanted to run a 3-4, why didn't he run a 3-4? We need a competent coach, not a mouthpiece figurehead."

That comment is all anybody needs to read to understand that you are completely LOST when you leave the "trolling" realm, and try to talk college football.

You make a HUGE fool out of yourself every single time you post. I guess some just don't care how dim they look. Sad.

Try reading the piece instead of just blabbering out bias BS. Obviously he couldn't hire a CSS when he wanted to due to time constraints. NOW, he has the opportunity to hire a DC that fits HIS program, AND along with the other assistants he has the continuity he wants.

It's really not rocket science to REAL football fans that aren't here to just TROLL out BS on a daily basis. YOU are PATHETIC.

Naval, i see you are in fine trim today. I got caught up last night on some of the comments and saw that you pretty much had a meltdown last night. i hope you are feeling better today.

CrankE writes:

So it was the STAFF that was broken and needed fixing. Gotcha. Glad that's taken care of.

So did Dooley make a mistake hiring the previous staff, or is this wave of hiring the mistake?

Successful coaches normally have to wait several years before having a massive staff turnover. Dooley on the other hand has had the mass turnover after only his second year at UT. If UT tanks this fall, Dooley is the only one left to be "fixed".

Navaloranges writes:

in response to born2ride:

If we want be winners again dump Dooley and get Bobby Petrino.

I guess you meant to say "wiener", or "whiner". Both of which would be fitting for you, FRAUD. To even suggest Petrino tells everybody all they need to know about you.

jschariter#367312 writes:

in response to born2ride:

If we want be winners again dump Dooley and get Bobby Petrino.

Please no. I don't think wins are worth the risk o f hiring a guy with questionable character. He walked on his previous two contracts and got fired on conduct detrimental to the university at Arky.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to wallingdad:

Naval, i see you are in fine trim today. I got caught up last night on some of the comments and saw that you pretty much had a meltdown last night. i hope you are feeling better today.

"meltdown"? Hilarious. Yeah, my posts were a real"meltdown". You POSERS are, if nothing else, comical. If you say calling you Frauds on posting Dooley hatred on a piece praising his work with special needs children a "meltdown", then yeah, you're right. I'm surprised you didn't log in with this screen name and join the disgusting display with them.

CroKev writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

In 2011 Sal was the second choice for the HC position at Pitt where he was an all american in the early 80's. He came to UT because of his
desire to be a HC, and you must be a DC/OC before you become a HC. Given the Pitt guy left in the middle of the night for ASU after one year, I imagine Pitt would like a do over with that hire. I give Sal an over/under of 3 yrs before he is gone.

Makes sense; most of these guys want to be HC's one day.

Personally, I think the UT Assistant Coaching job is a no-brainer. Joining a program that has had a couple of bad years and then being able to "take credit" for the turnaround looks pretty good on a resume.

UT's talent has been horrible the last couple of years. They only had one (yes, that's right ... ONE) player drafted and that wasn't until the 5th round. The year before only saw two guys drafted. The Junior class in 2012 will have at least half a dozen guys who could turn pro if they decide to leave early. Sunseri, Pittman, etc. will look like saviors when, in fact, it will be a matter of UT having some quality depth for the first time in three seasons.

Has any one noticed that none of the trolls have taken up my bet about leaving this site if CDD finishes with 8 wins next year? It's simple "moneyball" ...

wallingdad writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

"meltdown"? Hilarious. Yeah, my posts were a real"meltdown". You POSERS are, if nothing else, comical. If you say calling you Frauds on posting Dooley hatred on a piece praising his work with special needs children a "meltdown", then yeah, you're right. I'm surprised you didn't log in with this screen name and join the disgusting display with them.

I have never seen anyone that had such a fixation on multiple logins as you do. you are absolutely obsessed with that.

I asked you before but i dont remember getting an answer....are you related to Dooley? your over the edge defense of him is unbelievable. it seems you have taken on the task of "defend Dooley to the end" role.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to CroKev:

Makes sense; most of these guys want to be HC's one day.

Personally, I think the UT Assistant Coaching job is a no-brainer. Joining a program that has had a couple of bad years and then being able to "take credit" for the turnaround looks pretty good on a resume.

UT's talent has been horrible the last couple of years. They only had one (yes, that's right ... ONE) player drafted and that wasn't until the 5th round. The year before only saw two guys drafted. The Junior class in 2012 will have at least half a dozen guys who could turn pro if they decide to leave early. Sunseri, Pittman, etc. will look like saviors when, in fact, it will be a matter of UT having some quality depth for the first time in three seasons.

Has any one noticed that none of the trolls have taken up my bet about leaving this site if CDD finishes with 8 wins next year? It's simple "moneyball" ...

Trolls like wallingdad, shen, and toddygirl are not here for serious conversation. They are just as chicken s when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are, as they are when they're HIDING behind their keyboards.

You are right on point. CSS left a NC winning team to come to Tennessee for obvious reasons. He WILL be a part of a big turn-around. And it WILL help his resume. That will be the only reason we have him for 2-3 years. By that time Dooley will be able to restock with any DC he wants, because UT will be a winning program again. I don't care what POSER can't understand that, all I care is that CSS can.

SevenT writes:

Georgia State, Akron and Troy should be wins next season. Throw in a couple of toss up games (Vandy and Kentucky). The rest of the season will be a disaster.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I have never seen anyone that had such a fixation on multiple logins as you do. you are absolutely obsessed with that.

I asked you before but i dont remember getting an answer....are you related to Dooley? your over the edge defense of him is unbelievable. it seems you have taken on the task of "defend Dooley to the end" role.

I'll try this one more time for the slow. Any REAL Vol fan will give Dooley a REAL chance as head football coach. ANY real Vol fan who is being realistic knows for a FACT that when Dooley took over, he walked into a coaching nightmare. 65 scholarship players, of which 85% plus were freshmen and sophomores. Those are FACTS. If anybody believes that is not full rebuilding mode, they are just college football ignorant. When you are in FULL REBUILDING MODE, you do not win in the SEC. We havae been in that mode for the past two years. SOOOOOO, to give Dooley, or anybody else a chance, we have to REBUILD, then start winning.

ANYBODY that professes to be a Vol fan, and blames the last two years on coach Dooley has to be one of two things. A fan that doesn't get how the game works, or a POSER.

I'm not defending Dooley to the end, I'm defending the head coaching position at UT to the end. He deserves a REAL chance, PERIOD.

Get it YET...

Navaloranges writes:

in response to SevenT:

Georgia State, Akron and Troy should be wins next season. Throw in a couple of toss up games (Vandy and Kentucky). The rest of the season will be a disaster.

You are just proof that there are paid Trolls. You come out of the woodwork every time somebody defends Dooley. AND, you're not the only one. You're the definition of multiple screen names.

wallingdad writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

I'll try this one more time for the slow. Any REAL Vol fan will give Dooley a REAL chance as head football coach. ANY real Vol fan who is being realistic knows for a FACT that when Dooley took over, he walked into a coaching nightmare. 65 scholarship players, of which 85% plus were freshmen and sophomores. Those are FACTS. If anybody believes that is not full rebuilding mode, they are just college football ignorant. When you are in FULL REBUILDING MODE, you do not win in the SEC. We havae been in that mode for the past two years. SOOOOOO, to give Dooley, or anybody else a chance, we have to REBUILD, then start winning.

ANYBODY that professes to be a Vol fan, and blames the last two years on coach Dooley has to be one of two things. A fan that doesn't get how the game works, or a POSER.

I'm not defending Dooley to the end, I'm defending the head coaching position at UT to the end. He deserves a REAL chance, PERIOD.

Get it YET...

I understand what you are saying but you are not being honest. your statement about defending the head coaching position until the end contradicts your earlier posts concerning Fulmer. you did not defend him to the end now did you.

Be honest now. you did think Fulmer had to go now didn't you. I did too. although I must confess that i am second guessing myself now given the shape the program is in. will we come back? maybe but the jury is still out. the only difference between us really is that i need tangible evidence in wins and losses to prove to me that he can do it. just because UT hired him doesnt make him the godsend that you think he is.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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That's OK Troll, just make it up as you go along. You posts are more fit for some juvenile social chat room, than a football forum.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Classof72:

I think CDD will be a fine athletic director someday. If he thinks the kicking game will fix itself, he will become an athletic director sooner rather than later. Who on this new staff is responsible for the kickers and the kicking game? Unless he fixes it, the kicking game is going to kick CDD out of Knoxville next fall.

That's a very good point 72. I haven't heard much about the kicking game except it isn't anywhere near what it needs to be. I find it hard to believe that they are ignoring the elephant in the room. I'm not a football expert; I just know what good football looks like, and I certainly know what bad football looks like. A sound kicking game and special teams is a vital part of football. The General knew it. Surely, Dooley and company have a plan.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Well I hope he fixed something. No running game last year. So we are surposed to belive there will be one this year? The kicking game is nonexistant and has been for two years now. How will that be fixed? Other things, like game management and quality starters come to mind. Will the center be able to snap the ball effectivly? And so it goes.
But winning can change a lot of things.
I hope so.

crappieking writes:

Dooley will not be part of any discussion after next year. Hart will have to go after someone strong and experienced. And Petrino is not the answer.

orangeman1 writes:

I'm a little unclear with this interview. Nothing new with Dooley though. That lawyer talk and all. It sounds like he wanted to fix problems by hiring new coaches, but the asst coaches quit UT right? So, was he not going to fix the problem coaches had they decided to stay? Dooley admits some left cause they werent a good fit(lawyer speak for they didnt get along). Others left because of the "big bad wolf-fear" (lawyer speak for they thought they got out while the gettins good). I seriously hope Dooley can turn things around this year, but it wont be easy with 7 new coaches. The talent is there, so we'll see soon enough if the coaches have what it takes.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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I'll play your stupid little game for attention one more time.

"Why isn't 65 fundamentally sound players enough to be competitive?"

With that comment I'll assume youa re a 12 year old. When Dooley took over, out of the 65 scholly players, 85% plus were underclassmen. So, gauging in the SEC, that would mean we'd be very luck to have 11 "fundamentally sound" players out of that bunch. For comparison, at the same time, bama would have had about 66 "fundamentally sound" players.

Get it YET junior?

Vol43 writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

I'll try this one more time for the slow. Any REAL Vol fan will give Dooley a REAL chance as head football coach. ANY real Vol fan who is being realistic knows for a FACT that when Dooley took over, he walked into a coaching nightmare. 65 scholarship players, of which 85% plus were freshmen and sophomores. Those are FACTS. If anybody believes that is not full rebuilding mode, they are just college football ignorant. When you are in FULL REBUILDING MODE, you do not win in the SEC. We havae been in that mode for the past two years. SOOOOOO, to give Dooley, or anybody else a chance, we have to REBUILD, then start winning.

ANYBODY that professes to be a Vol fan, and blames the last two years on coach Dooley has to be one of two things. A fan that doesn't get how the game works, or a POSER.

I'm not defending Dooley to the end, I'm defending the head coaching position at UT to the end. He deserves a REAL chance, PERIOD.

Get it YET...

Jeff Flowers, toddy, you two (I was gonna say guys, but I aint so sure it applies) need to read this. Jeffy, I asked you last night to expound on who you're calling doolaide drinkers. Apparently you two have a very low comprehension level. In fact, read through Naval's post several times and maybe, just maybe, you'll get it. This is not about Dooley, this is about UT football. Are yall really that dense that you can't get it?

CroKev writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Let's follow your logic to its end. Why not just limit ourselves to 11 scholarship players? They can play both offense and defense and certainly we can find a kicker and punter and returners out of that bunch as well.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to crappieking:

Dooley will not be part of any discussion after next year. Hart will have to go after someone strong and experienced. And Petrino is not the answer.

Seriously? You REALLY think we don't know when you losers just switch to another Sock-Puppet. You REALLY think we're that dense.

Well...we're not.

The only REAL question is...

Paid or un-paid?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I understand what you are saying but you are not being honest. your statement about defending the head coaching position until the end contradicts your earlier posts concerning Fulmer. you did not defend him to the end now did you.

Be honest now. you did think Fulmer had to go now didn't you. I did too. although I must confess that i am second guessing myself now given the shape the program is in. will we come back? maybe but the jury is still out. the only difference between us really is that i need tangible evidence in wins and losses to prove to me that he can do it. just because UT hired him doesnt make him the godsend that you think he is.

A lot of people had no choice, but to support Kiffin and Dooley unconditionally on every issue. They were just so glad to see Fulmer gone because they thought he was so bad that it wouldnt have mattered who UT hired. I do think some are starting to see things like you now and realize that Fulmer was held to unrealistic expectations and there was no such thing as a good excuse for Fulmer. And Fulmer had even earned it with the great success he had at UT. Fans should support and have faith in Dooley until he's proven he cant get the job done with a full/talented roster like he finally has. Not to say they have to agree with everthing he says or does, but there is a difference in not agreeing with something and totally bashing him and already throwing in the towell.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Seriously? Your comeback to what I said is to name ONE player. ONE unusually gifted player. REALLY? And you think that's a REAL answer? REALLY? Naming ONE PLAYER, after the FACTS I laid out for you is your comeback...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!

You are simply a JOKE, playing around on a computer. NOTHING more.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

In 2011 Sal was the second choice for the HC position at Pitt where he was an all american in the early 80's. He came to UT because of his
desire to be a HC, and you must be a DC/OC before you become a HC. Given the Pitt guy left in the middle of the night for ASU after one year, I imagine Pitt would like a do over with that hire. I give Sal an over/under of 3 yrs before he is gone.

rtr..I hate to admit this because I generally regard you as a worthless troll, but I agree that CSS took this job in order to build his resume' for the top job at a D-1 college. I also think Hart has a plan in place for the next head coach at UT if CDD doesn't have a great season this year.

Navaloranges writes:

Well, the paid trolls are out in full force now.

Buh-bye football site, hello stupidity.

I will refuse to be a part of trashing a UT coach on a UT site, for the reason of building the hit count.

ALL REAL VOLS should send the paid cubicle POSERS a message and leave now, and come back when it's time to talk VOL BALL without the mindless bashing of our HEAD COACH.

volvann writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Do you actually hear yourself. In your rant you basically stated what the article stated. So you agree with Dooley, because that is exactly why Wilcox is gone. Lol

The new coaches still have no Seniors to work with, but our depth is getting there. Quit ranting and root for our current players and coaches. Go Vols....

orangeman1 writes:

in response to volvann:

Do you actually hear yourself. In your rant you basically stated what the article stated. So you agree with Dooley, because that is exactly why Wilcox is gone. Lol

The new coaches still have no Seniors to work with, but our depth is getting there. Quit ranting and root for our current players and coaches. Go Vols....

You might want to recheck your facts. There are 3 returning SR. starters from last year. Although Z. Rogers wont be starting this year. There are 6 SRs in the two deep depth chart on Defense. So, all together there are 9 SRs in the two deep rotation.

orangecountyvols writes:

NavalOranges and Vol43,

Hope you guys are doing well today. I am thinking of skipping over over the trolls posts ( those of the brat-"Greatest", the Chattanooga troll, Merlot, Jeff Flowers, Seven, etc ) and just reading something sensible such as yours. Only problem is you fellows are having to address the trolls such as these and it causes us to lose track of any news here. N/O, I'm on the same page with you friend.

It is sad inasmuch as the trolls waste so much of our time here. Can you believe this? I even mentioned how the trolls talked big stuff here about CDD yet weren't favoring a trip to personally whine to him as they do here. The troll/Merlot had the audacity to try and say he has met Dooley head on to whine to him. Are you believing that????
Yeah right, troll.

Anyway, the trolls here are kinda' like reading the comics. They're here 7 days out of the week saying the same thing........
nothin'. At night, they fall down and pray for the Vols to lose the games this fall so they can say "we trolls told you so."

Anyway, we have some other classy Vol fans who are chuckling at the trolls like the brat, Jeff, 7, Merlot etc. They are bigger than all this and don't play the trolls' game. ( True Vols such as ProwlinandGrowlin and Johnlg. )

You guys and I just let the idiots see what they are........I know I shouldn't but it's tough to ignore how pathetic a troll really is.

usafvol writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Didn't read anywhere about him dissing Wilcox. Do you have a reading comprehension issue or just like trolling?

VolinCalif writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Blah, blah, blah!

Yes I have to agree with you. It sounded just like Blah Blah Blah to me too.

Coach_K writes:

in response to wallingdad:

I understand what you are saying but you are not being honest. your statement about defending the head coaching position until the end contradicts your earlier posts concerning Fulmer. you did not defend him to the end now did you.

Be honest now. you did think Fulmer had to go now didn't you. I did too. although I must confess that i am second guessing myself now given the shape the program is in. will we come back? maybe but the jury is still out. the only difference between us really is that i need tangible evidence in wins and losses to prove to me that he can do it. just because UT hired him doesnt make him the godsend that you think he is.

Well said, my sentiments exactly. I WANT CDD to do well, I like what he has done off the field for our Vols. I am super pleased to not not wake up everyday and read an article about of our boys in trouble. I just WISH he would show me one instance where I could say "we would not have won this game without CDD". For all those idiots who say those of us who want to see CDD win or go don't know anything about the game is a farce and poor excuse. I know more about the game than 97% of the people who watch the Vols on Saturday. I look for a good COACHING decision every game. Yet I am swamped with bad ones. However it is I who am naive? LMFAO!

Watch the games, pay attention to the decisions, and look at the results. I could muster a four page long post with the mistakes, just on the field ie:to many men on the field. I could fill another four pages with off the field mistakes ie: switching James Stones snapping hand. While he has done ALOT of good for our program, I doubt the scales are even. I hope I am wrong and the boys kick some serious arse this year. I will be the first to stand on the rock and admit I was wrong about him. I believe he is smart enough to learn how to become a good ball coach, he is just not there yet. The question is how long are you willing to wait?

Coach_K writes:

in response to Vol43:

That's a very good point 72. I haven't heard much about the kicking game except it isn't anywhere near what it needs to be. I find it hard to believe that they are ignoring the elephant in the room. I'm not a football expert; I just know what good football looks like, and I certainly know what bad football looks like. A sound kicking game and special teams is a vital part of football. The General knew it. Surely, Dooley and company have a plan.

That's right. CDD was a ST coach, and it was gonna be "his baby".....how's that working out for us?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to orangeman1:

You might want to recheck your facts. There are 3 returning SR. starters from last year. Although Z. Rogers wont be starting this year. There are 6 SRs in the two deep depth chart on Defense. So, all together there are 9 SRs in the two deep rotation.

Also, would like to add that there are 17 JRs in the two deep rotation. So, total there are 26 Juniors and Seniors in the rotation. Barring injuries, depth and experience wont be an excuse this year. NO EXCUSES this year.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

I know I posted this on the Poll page, but wanted to make sure Adams reads it (LOL): You know what really surprises me? That KnoxNews did not run a story about 2 ex-Vol football players that were drafted. Adams is usually hot on this subject, but I guess he is asleep or on Vacation. Anyway Bryce Brown was selected #229 by the Eagles (which is a big surprise since he didn't do much at UT and did even less at Kansas) and BJ Coleman was selected #243 by Green Bay (guess they are looking for a 3rd stringer to back up Rogers).

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jschariter#367312:

I don't know if the new staff is an upgrade or not. It is however a sign of poor leadership when you see such high turnover. After all the head coach did pick the original staff. I wish Dooley would take more personal responsibility for the team's poor performance. His explanation of now selecting a staff that buys into his organization and philosophy implies that his first staff did not.... ie they did not buy his leadership style. There is no evidence based on his record as a head coach that his philosophy and organization will yield a successful program. I just wish he would keep his mouth shut. He seems to blame others. It was discouraging to see the teams GPA so low after his speeches about picking high character young men. His answer.. blame turnover at the Thornton Center... Please. At least he stays off motorcycles with 25 year olds.

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I really doubt if anyone could put together a staff as quickly as Dooley had to an get the people he really liked and wanted. The people he got were mostly young and aggressive, Like Wilcox they were working under a great Head Coach and for the most part still learning. Not saying he wasn't a good coach but I don't think he was a finished product. We'll soon see. I really think that Dooley has had time to know what type of assistant's he needs for support and hopefully he now has them. Again we'll soon see.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

I'll try this one more time for the slow. Any REAL Vol fan will give Dooley a REAL chance as head football coach. ANY real Vol fan who is being realistic knows for a FACT that when Dooley took over, he walked into a coaching nightmare. 65 scholarship players, of which 85% plus were freshmen and sophomores. Those are FACTS. If anybody believes that is not full rebuilding mode, they are just college football ignorant. When you are in FULL REBUILDING MODE, you do not win in the SEC. We havae been in that mode for the past two years. SOOOOOO, to give Dooley, or anybody else a chance, we have to REBUILD, then start winning.

ANYBODY that professes to be a Vol fan, and blames the last two years on coach Dooley has to be one of two things. A fan that doesn't get how the game works, or a POSER.

I'm not defending Dooley to the end, I'm defending the head coaching position at UT to the end. He deserves a REAL chance, PERIOD.

Get it YET...

Very well said Naval.

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