Film review: Derek Dooley still pleased with scrimmage

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ELIZABETHTON — Coaches often provide two scrimmage reviews. One comes immediately afterward. The other comes after a lengthy film review.

The good news, coach Derek Dooley said Monday, is that the film confirmed what he saw in person: The Vols played well on Saturday.

"There was a lot of toughness and effort that was demonstrated, and I thought we managed the situation part of it better than we ever have," Dooley said. "Now, we had a ton of administrative problems, penalties and that sort of thing that we need to work on."

Dooley said that senior cornerback Marsalis Teague had the best scrimmage of his career.

"I'm proud of him for that. He started making some plays in the deep part of the field that historically he hadn't made," Dooley said. "He's doing it because he is playing with a little more confidence and he's trusting his technique. It showed on the film, so I hope he continues. We need him."

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BolivrBob writes:

Glad to hear that evaluation about Teague. I've always thought there was a lot more potential.

thevoice writes:

Good news is nice to hear.

FWBVol writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

superVOLman writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

^My nomination for best post of all time

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

4-14 in the SEC? Wow. I knew he was bad but didn't realize he was that bad. And who were the 4 wins against? I'm guessing Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky? Wow, his tenure has been awful.

volnsc51 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

I don't reply to many posts, but this one was so good I just have to say WELL DONE!

govolsn3 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

DITTO

pingkr62 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

4-14 in the SEC? Wow. I knew he was bad but didn't realize he was that bad. And who were the 4 wins against? I'm guessing Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky? Wow, his tenure has been awful.

Has anyone ever considered Geaux Team Scribbler, Delta Charlie3 and other trolls are really the same person posting an opinion under one name,and then posting again under another for the sole purpose of having someone agree with them? Just a thought. G.B.O.!!!

GreerVol22 writes:

Well after the same story has now been printed for the 3rd time...I feel much better about what I'm paying for this site. That being said...
GO VOLS!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Has anyone ever considered Geaux Team Scribbler, Delta Charlie3 and other trolls are really the same person posting an opinion under one name,and then posting again under another for the sole purpose of having someone agree with them? Just a thought. G.B.O.!!!

ping and fellow Vols,

This we do know. The Delta Dawn and Scribbler trolls have monumental problems. Both are pretty sorry individuals...........and yes, very well may be the same troll.

Just about every article we see seems to have at least one clown thrown in with the conversations, no matter the subject. Some are plants as we know, and yes, quite a few are the same troll with numerous screen names.

One good thing though, the season is approaching soon and after several games, fewer and fewer trolls will have much to say.

spencer1989#206886 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

A big amen to that.... And very well stated and put. Sometimes it appears that some folks live for the moment to get up and post another negative comment about CDD or the Vols on this site.

OrangePride writes:

This is very good news......and I don't think Dooley is one to overinflate his comments. The observations on Teague somewhat go to the earlier column by John Adams and last year's history of giving up big plays. Let's hope Teague can turn that scrimmage performance into on-the-field results. As Dooley said, we really need him. Just can't wait to go to Atlanta and root my Vols to a BIG victory. GO VOLS!

jfuston writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

Remember we lost to Memphis when we had Peyton Manning. I don't remember Phil Fulmer being called a loser when that happened. There was a lot more talent on that team than the one that lost to Kentucky last year. Dooley will be coach of the year this year.

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

4-14 in the SEC? Wow. I knew he was bad but didn't realize he was that bad. And who were the 4 wins against? I'm guessing Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky? Wow, his tenure has been awful.

You guys ever heard the quote, "misery loves company..." You guys go good together; keep it up.

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

You, my friend and thevolsnake are true died in the wool Tennessee fans. It does my heart good to read posts like these on " OUR " site. Those who simply get on here to complain and antagonize real fans certainly must be squirming in their cubicles about right now. And I go all the way back to the 50's as a VFL. Great post.

laraccoon writes:

the biggest reason these children/trolls post on here is to get a reply , and every time they are obliged . best way to cut down on their posts is to quit replying , all their looking for attention .

Vol_Logic writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

#Truth

Rookie2 writes:

It's nice to hear Dooley say good things about his team. Maybe we've gotten better in areas not just on the field.

Vol_Logic writes:

One thing I will say about Teague...I'll always wonder what he could've done at WR. He came in with Nu'Queese and the gang as a highly touted slot receiver, but then got moved to Defense because of our "depth" at WR. Then Queese got the boot, but Teague stayed on Defense. I feel like he could've contributed more to the team overall at WR, but I guess we'll never know. He played both QB and WR in high school, so he clearly had good experience on offense. Seems like it's been a real struggle for him to get comfortable at CB, and IMO it's because he's a natural offensive-minded player.

He's a peacock, coach! You gotta let him fly!

VFL_Troll_Patrol writes:

in response to laraccoon:

the biggest reason these children/trolls post on here is to get a reply , and every time they are obliged . best way to cut down on their posts is to quit replying , all their looking for attention .

Couldn't have said it better myself. Ignore the trolls!

*Im always watching*
*Shock the World*

Mikeah writes:

Fellow Vol Fans
As an Alumni of The University of Tennessee I certainly have not been pleased with the performance of our sports programs in general especially the Football and Basketball programs. I think Derrick Dooley is a step in the right direction. He grew up in the SEC and graduated from a great University. I believe he will win given time. I think a coach needs a least five years to truly see how he can perform. I say five years because the coach needs to see his recruits from freshman through seniors and his first year does not really count. I was very disappointed in the Kentucky loss but I was equally disappointed in the fact that we apparently allowed a student athlete into the University of Tennessee that could not get in Florida. We are a better school then that, WE CANNOT PLACE WINNING ABOVE ACADEMICS. We have to excel in both. We have to make UT a school where the best and brightest student athletes want to attend and graduate from. Most of these kids will never play pro football anyway and if they do it will be for 2.5 years. They really need a degree from a good school to be successful in life. I really hope Coach Dooley stresses Academics, I think he will. My degree from the University of Tennessee is one of the most important things in my life. Oh yea when I was an undergraduate I never missed a home football or basketball game and my senior year I went to every football game at home or away.

62vol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

Great post.

Dooley has already done some things in the area of team conditioning and team discipline and true talent recruiting that have been lacking in recent prior coaching staffs.
This is our year as fans to enjoy the results of his efforts.

crappieking writes:

in response to jfuston:

Remember we lost to Memphis when we had Peyton Manning. I don't remember Phil Fulmer being called a loser when that happened. There was a lot more talent on that team than the one that lost to Kentucky last year. Dooley will be coach of the year this year.

"Dooley will be coach of the year this year."

I about fell out of my chair laughing at this absurd statement. Good grief, the guys coaching record is 28-34. 11-14 at UT and 4-12 in the SEC. Please. He should be fired right after the N.C. State loss. Time for Hart to hire a big name coach. WE ARE UT!!.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/p...

WOW! Joe Schad for ESPN has Tennessee at 13 in his pre-season poll.

VolGrad writes:

GTS, DC3, CK... how do you tell yourselves apart? Say hi to Sybil for me.

Go Vols! Beat the Pack!!!

OrangePride writes:

in response to crappieking:

"Dooley will be coach of the year this year."

I about fell out of my chair laughing at this absurd statement. Good grief, the guys coaching record is 28-34. 11-14 at UT and 4-12 in the SEC. Please. He should be fired right after the N.C. State loss. Time for Hart to hire a big name coach. WE ARE UT!!.

Franklin was nearly Coach of the Year last year and just what was his coaching history? Not to take anything away from the man because he has done a great job down there. But you need to realize Dooley's unimpressive record over the past is not the determinant factor in the COY decision for THIS year. Should Dooley and this Vol team have a breakout year and win 9 or 10 games (not impossible), then you can bet Dooley will be on the short list for COY. So get up off the floor and start supporting your team.....if it truly is a "WE" ARE UT. And just BTW......you supposed UT fans have to stop rooting AGAINST Dooley because if he fails, we fail. That simple.

Mikeah writes:

Gotta give him five years. This is not a do or die year. Huge mistake if we fire him this year, no stability. What Coach in their right mind would come to UT for any amount of money. Foolish and short sighted, in my opinion.

voloffaith writes:

in response to jfuston:

Remember we lost to Memphis when we had Peyton Manning. I don't remember Phil Fulmer being called a loser when that happened. There was a lot more talent on that team than the one that lost to Kentucky last year. Dooley will be coach of the year this year.

Yes I remember the blown call on the kickoff return where the knee was clearly touching...yes Memmphis should have never been in the game except I believe Joe Lee Dunn was d cordinator for them and dialed up a doozy.....

CoverOrange writes:

in response to laraccoon:

the biggest reason these children/trolls post on here is to get a reply , and every time they are obliged . best way to cut down on their posts is to quit replying , all their looking for attention .

There are three types of posts:
1. fans
2. trolls
3. anti-trolls

The anti-troll posts are just as useless as the troll posts as all they do is support the troll.

voloffaith writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

There are three types of posts:
1. fans
2. trolls
3. anti-trolls

The anti-troll posts are just as useless as the troll posts as all they do is support the troll.

'Dooley' noted sir...........

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I suppose when that happens, the remaining trolls will finally have an open forum void of anything optimistic so they can continue their conversations in preparation for the end of the world.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/p...

WOW! Joe Schad for ESPN has Tennessee at 13 in his pre-season poll.

That's the power rankings... which is just as hard to believe. But the SEC conference slate is still a tough one. I think most of us are viewing it as much easier because we keep comparing it to last year's slate of playing 4 SEC teams that finished top 10 and 2 or 3 of whom finished in the top 5. Compared to that..., this is a "soft" SEC schedule.

Yes, I am aware that "soft" and SEC don't go together.

Go Vols!!!

southfloridavol writes:

in response to laraccoon:

the biggest reason these children/trolls post on here is to get a reply , and every time they are obliged . best way to cut down on their posts is to quit replying , all their looking for attention .

Excatly laraccoon...I don't understand why people feed these losers appetite...Quit replying to them...I never have been able to understand why we just can't talk about intelligent Tennessee football without having all these childish post going back and forth...If you ain't got something positive
to add to a blog, beat it...Just my opinion...Go Big Orange!

ktemaque1 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

Well said!

VolGrad writes:

GTS, DC3 and CK are all compatible components of an ID10T Network. (Network+)

oscar285 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Never forget it is better to be thought a fool than to get on the internet and write something and be known as one.

By all accounts UT under Derek Dooley has lost one game, Kentucky, it should have won. Yes, there have been some second half meltdowns, but those can be attributed to lack of depth and having to play young players as much as anything.

I will not say that people who don't believe Derek Dooley can turn it around are not Tennesssee fans, but I will say anyone who doesn't want him to turn it around is not a UT fan.

Tennessee would be much better served if Derek Dooley can get the job done than if he fails and we have to start over again. There's a good chance Bray will be headed to the NFL after this year and the same is likely true of Da'Rick, Hunter and maybe Patterson.

I have said it before and I'll repeat it now, I've been a Tennessee fan and supported the Vol coaches from Doug Dickey to Bill Battle to Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and now Derek Dooley. If Derek Dooley is successful that means Tennessee is successful. You can bank on that.

Well said, sir. Very well said!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to voloffaith:

'Dooley' noted sir...........

gz, note that I categorized posts and not posters. Wasn't being personal.

tfortennessee writes:

I don't post often but read most football threads daily. I too would like to see trolls ignored. They will return to the dark basements in search of other troll biters on other sites.

As far as UT goes, I really don't care to hear about Dooley being a loser or needing to be fired, or being a poor hire, etc.... Enough already. He is OUR coach. This upcoming season has a lot of things to be very positive about. We have a seasoned team leader in Bray who can run the offense. We have experienced receivers with a great deal of athleticism. We have an experienced O-Line and a dept in the backfield. We have what appears to be a very sound and potentially intimidating D-Line that should have the ability to control the line of scrimmage against most opponents. We also have a very favorable schedule and should win a least 8 games with the potential to win 9 or 10. That has this UT fan pretty doggone upbeat. GBO

BeRealistic writes:

I'm hoping we're 4-0 or 3-1 going into Georgia game.

usafvol writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

The only loser is you little boy. I say little boy because you seem to do nothing but bash CDD like he took your toys or something. If you're not a little boy but an adult, you're probably just a pathetic little man with a very small wee wee; that would explain your negative disposition..

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to Mikeah:

Gotta give him five years. This is not a do or die year. Huge mistake if we fire him this year, no stability. What Coach in their right mind would come to UT for any amount of money. Foolish and short sighted, in my opinion.

Like a particular part of the anatomy, we all have one - opinion. Many feel 3 years is not short sighted, and foolish is as foolish does.

So 4 years of 5/7 and or 6/7 or worse is acceptable - where/who would accept that other than candy, a ms school or the blue kittens? 4 losing years of 'what ifs?', and "yeah buts", "look what he inherited" excuses, NO WAY.

If this year we have a repeat performance of the last 2 years with more experienced players, a fuller bench, and softer schedule, he should be cut loose.

An up and coming coach, you know, with an overall and recent winning record, wanting to move up to a program that has tradition and unlimited upside potential, and not staring at ncaa violatins, would be interested. An older established one would be too (Spurrier came back to the ncaa).

Good results earn longer tenure, poor results after 3 years earns a fat pay check for CDD and release.

Hope is not a course of action, but most of us want a great year this year and many follow on great years with CDD. As for the others, they can kiss that part of the anatomy referred to above.

givehim6 writes:

in response to superVOLman:

^My nomination for best post of all time

I'll second that, I get so tired of hearing the same old wore out lines the troll/posers use, the sky is falling "bla bla", UT will be better with Doleave gone "bla bla", Dooley is the reason for everthing wrong "bla bla". Tell ya last time I heard this was when UT fired Foolmer. Sad to say I was part of that group. If you run some one off you better have a good coach ready too fill the gap!

Rumblefish writes:

Off topic....

Just watched Urban Meyer give a speech to his players about the start of the practice season and upcoming season. Told his team he wanted them to play angry, and with a chip on their shoulder. To go out and take what isn't theirs. Really got them fired up.

I just can't see this type of motivation coming from Dooley. I sincerely hope the players take it upon themselves to play motivated and angry. 2 weeks!!!!

Mikeah writes:

I can't wait until the NC State game! We are goiong to have a great passing game. We will move the ball. It will be interesting to see how the running game and defense develop.

Conar_the_Barbarian writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/p...

WOW! Joe Schad for ESPN has Tennessee at 13 in his pre-season poll.

He also has Florida at #10 ... I don't buy that. I hope he's right about UT, but his poll is suspect.

Snapshot writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

The only thing we can "bank on" is that you are going on get on here and be a horses arse.

For the time being at least Derek Dooley is the coach, get used to it!

Razzle writes:

in response to tfortennessee:

I don't post often but read most football threads daily. I too would like to see trolls ignored. They will return to the dark basements in search of other troll biters on other sites.

As far as UT goes, I really don't care to hear about Dooley being a loser or needing to be fired, or being a poor hire, etc.... Enough already. He is OUR coach. This upcoming season has a lot of things to be very positive about. We have a seasoned team leader in Bray who can run the offense. We have experienced receivers with a great deal of athleticism. We have an experienced O-Line and a dept in the backfield. We have what appears to be a very sound and potentially intimidating D-Line that should have the ability to control the line of scrimmage against most opponents. We also have a very favorable schedule and should win a least 8 games with the potential to win 9 or 10. That has this UT fan pretty doggone upbeat. GBO

Well said T., I agree. There's no such thing as Doolaide. If you're a true fan you will pull for your team, not against. I think the Vols could easily win 9.

VolzsFan writes:

General Neyland was 173-31-12 overall and 103-17-10 in the SEC. 2-5 in bowl games. They played in front of small crowds against horrible schedules. No media to speak of.

The Great Fulmer was 152-52 overall and 98-34 in the SEC. 8-7 in bowl games. Played in front of huge crowds, on TV every game with the largest college network in America. They also played demanding schedules every year.

If Phil had just won 7 games per year and 5 SEC games per year this past 3 seasons (and that would be significantly below his averages and he would have won more), he would have surpassed Neyland's SEC totals and would have been tied in overall wins. This year he would have broken the overall record and the 4 year succession plan would have been in place. He would have been a top 3 in all time SEC wins, the talent would have been stocked, the stands would have been full and the coaching fraternity would not have been put off by the way they handled a legend. Make no mistake, that is why most of the top coaches told Hammy to shove it. One told Hammy "well if he could not make you happy than I could not either".

That is why Haslem allowed Hammy to do it to protect his coach's records. But that is why Haslem gave him $6 million for a job well done.

Had it been handled this way, as I said many times, Tenn would not be the laughing stock it has become and will remain for decades to come.

Mikeah writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Like a particular part of the anatomy, we all have one - opinion. Many feel 3 years is not short sighted, and foolish is as foolish does.

So 4 years of 5/7 and or 6/7 or worse is acceptable - where/who would accept that other than candy, a ms school or the blue kittens? 4 losing years of 'what ifs?', and "yeah buts", "look what he inherited" excuses, NO WAY.

If this year we have a repeat performance of the last 2 years with more experienced players, a fuller bench, and softer schedule, he should be cut loose.

An up and coming coach, you know, with an overall and recent winning record, wanting to move up to a program that has tradition and unlimited upside potential, and not staring at ncaa violatins, would be interested. An older established one would be too (Spurrier came back to the ncaa).

Good results earn longer tenure, poor results after 3 years earns a fat pay check for CDD and release.

Hope is not a course of action, but most of us want a great year this year and many follow on great years with CDD. As for the others, they can kiss that part of the anatomy referred to above.

Ok fair enough, agree to disagree on time given to win

Snapshot writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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Very inappropriate response.

Suggest removal everybody.

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