Derek Dooley finds words for Twitter

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley walks down Peyton Manning Pass as defensive end Gerald Williams, background, signals to fans during the Vol Walk prior to the game against the University of Alabama at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley walks down Peyton Manning Pass as defensive end Gerald Williams, background, signals to fans during the Vol Walk prior to the game against the University of Alabama at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

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Derek Dooley watches his final game as coach of Tennessee against Vanderbilt on Nov. 17 in Nashville.

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AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL Derek Dooley watches his final game as coach of Tennessee against Vanderbilt on Nov. 17 in Nashville.

With no recruiting or bowl preparation on his agenda, Derek Dooley has found time for something he largely avoided as Tennessee's football coach — tweeting.

During the past couple of weeks, Dooley has reached out to his 42,718 followers as of Monday on Twitter with his "top 10 reasons to embrace (or fear) professional transition.''

Dooley faces a transition since he was fired as UT's coach on Nov. 19, although his $5 million buyout assures that he need not be in any rush.

Dooley's tweets are characterized by the sharp wit that made his media conferences more memorable than some of the Vols' results in SEC play.

"Joined the FFCA (Fired Football Coaches Association) founded by some guy named Gruden. Shirt and visor free of charge,'' is how Dooley began his countdown at "Enjoying taking advantage of the post-Christmas sales ... not surprised to see orange pants on clearance for over a month.''

And another: "Called D Hart to wish Merry Christmas and verify the game was really over. Response: unlike LSU and UNC, last 34 months not reviewable.''

In his 34 months as UT's coach, during which the Vols went 15-21 — they also beat Kentucky five days after he was fired — Dooley did not embrace social media.

Butch Jones, his successor hired on Dec. 7, has been an active tweeter with 58,150 followers.

Many coaches have taken to Twitter to communicate with recruits and fans. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari has 1.222 million followers.

Dooley's countdown also referenced his (too?) outspoken mother Barbara, his perfect hair and his media conference analogies to Rommel, Shakespeare, Bruce Hornsby and growing bamboo.

Perhaps the most pointed was admitting to being intimidated on a grocery-shopping adventure.

"Last time feeling that helpless: when any opposing offense took the field.''

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Derek Dooley's Top 10 tweets

10. Joined the FFCA founded by some guy named Gruden. Shirt and visor free of charge.

9. Knocking the rust off the old law books to help me spar against @ClayTravisBGID. Or is that really necessary?

8. Know how Jack feels after trip to Publix (M Keaton/Mr Mom). Last time feeling that helpless: when any opposing offense took the field.

7. Called D Hart to wish Merry Christmas and verify the game was really over. Response: Unlike LSU and UNC, last 34 months not reviewable.

6. Christmas...A time to love and celebrate all things family...and to think of a new excuse to keep the ever popular Barbara off the air.

5. Reflecting on changes I would make given next opportunity. Only change on hair...more grey!

4. Enjoying taking advantage of the post-Christmas sales...not surprised to see orange pants on clearance for over a month.

3. Just realized bamboo takes three (not two) years to get established, then grows 2 feet a day...knew I should have just watered the grass.

2. My highlights...Rommel, Shakespeare, Pythagorean, Bruce Hornsby...maybe I should start studying football instead.

1. “OPPORTUNITY IS NOWHERE” to have @Swiperboy finally teach me how to Dooley.

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dvhill100 writes:

Always liked CDD's sound bites. I think he would make an excellent TV football announcer/analyst. Only issue would be Dennis Miller like humor that would fly over too many heads.

VOLuptuous writes:

Hate on him however you will, but I am glad he is dealing with this well. All the best to him. Queue 5 mil buyout comments making it easier in 5,4,3,2,1............

movol53 writes:

He was the ONLY football coach that would take the job at the time for the amount of money being offered. He seems like a good person but at this time not much of a football coach.

GOJO writes:

While picking up bones, rejoice at Sun Bowl results:
Ga Tech - - 21
So. Cal - - 7

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

I wish CDD the best in his future . . .

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

Most Vol fans I know think highly of Coach Dooley and sincerely wish him success in the future, unless he is lined up against the Vols.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

With any defense at all, UT wins 9-10 games this season.

His biggest mistakes, in my book are in NOT hiring seasoned offensive and defensive coordinators.

VOLtage writes:

I would be jovial on twitter also if I had 5 new million dollars in my bank account.

Vol_For_Life writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

Most Vol fans I know think highly of Coach Dooley and sincerely wish him success in the future, unless he is lined up against the Vols.

I think Dooley fooled a lot of us into thinking he was really a nice guy. All I have heard is all the local high school coaches couldn't stand the guy. He was also a micromanager. I spoke to a former Vol, who graduated in 2011 at the Florida game and he told me that Dooley was a pierce and the players didn't like him.

volipop3#328757 writes:

What a tool.

emailnodata (Inactive) writes:

in response to Vol_For_Life:

I think Dooley fooled a lot of us into thinking he was really a nice guy. All I have heard is all the local high school coaches couldn't stand the guy. He was also a micromanager. I spoke to a former Vol, who graduated in 2011 at the Florida game and he told me that Dooley was a pierce and the players didn't like him.

So is Saban.
Diff is, Saban makes better personnel hires.

volbob writes:

Really like the guy. Never threw Sal under the bus where he belonged. Didn't see any articles about who hired Sal, either - Dooley or Hart? Guess we'll never know. Great pressers, too. Showed up when no one else would, knowing he was a temp coach. Don't understand his recruiting, though - only knock I have on him. Agree with the other posters - Dooley would be a fantastic TV sports guy, much better than anyone on the dreaded Vol Network football telecast. Dude gave it what he had, all in for three years. Good luck, DD.

rockytopwestone writes:

He absolutely should have been fired after the Kentucky game last year. We went the whole season and the team got better at nothing ! One whole season wasted. Yet people get on here and say stupid stuff like if he hadn`t changed the defence we could be 9 and 3. Yea and we would still have a idiot for a head coach !

CrankE writes:

...and leave it to KnoxNewzPravda to provide coverage to this $5,000,000 twit and his ramblings.

rockytopwestone writes:

You can hate Vandy with all the mite of your orange bleeding hearts. You can feel the same way about Franklin for a thousand different reasons. But you can`t argue with his results, 2 years and the first 9 win season in 97 years ? I hope Coach Jones can do half as well ! But don`t tell me a real Head Coach can`t make a difference.

BluezVol writes:

Sal was to Dooley what D. Clawson was to Fulmer. If Dooley had the Chief as his DC, we'd be watching UT play in a bowl game right now.

creekroad writes:

in response to rockytopwestone:

You can hate Vandy with all the mite of your orange bleeding hearts. You can feel the same way about Franklin for a thousand different reasons. But you can`t argue with his results, 2 years and the first 9 win season in 97 years ? I hope Coach Jones can do half as well ! But don`t tell me a real Head Coach can`t make a difference.

"First 9 win season 97 years"......that really sums up Vandy.

Snapshot writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Is it really true you are the brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers? Are you ashamed to answer or what?

Snapshot writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Speaking of Volettes, I think that fits you perfectly!!

rockytopwestone writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Oh My GleenFordsFoible, He at least to whoever`s credit has come from winning programs which is more than can be said for Doolfus. I am not going to say you are wrong, I just hope you are !

pcshowtime writes:

in response to rockytopwestone:

He absolutely should have been fired after the Kentucky game last year. We went the whole season and the team got better at nothing ! One whole season wasted. Yet people get on here and say stupid stuff like if he hadn`t changed the defence we could be 9 and 3. Yea and we would still have a idiot for a head coach !

No he did something last year he and his staff stopped recruiting half way through the year and set the football program even deeper in a hole. Not only that but due to Sal's and other new assistant's buyouts it would have been cheaper to fire him and the rest after the ky game in 2012.

fearthehound writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Is it really true you are the brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers? Are you ashamed to answer or what?

Now think about what you just asked! Why would this piece of nothing be ashamed to answer? Now, if it was Richmond you were asking the question of, sure, I see where that makes sense. Of course he would be ashamed to answer.

The best course of action to take with this slimy little troll is the same course to take with collegegrove, Walt, and SEVERAL others: put pressure on KNS to ban the nastiness that invades our fan board. Keep an eye open, and when they show up under a different name, make sure you take steps to get them banned again. Eventually, they will get frustrated and go somewhere else--the path of least resistance. Maybe they'll hit the Gogamecocks or Gobulldogs board. Maybe they'll just give up and get back in the unemployment line.

Under any circumstance, it's better to not address them directly. They might get the mistaken impression that they actually mean something to someone.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Is it really true you are the brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers? Are you ashamed to answer or what?

Do you have any clue about Richmond Flowers? Why was he wearing Orange? What did daddy do? If you know, why would you think anyone would be ashamed of proclaiming anything close to kinship with him?

orange_eVOLution writes:

Can't believe this article was even posted. Dooley needs to give Twitter a rest.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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clown

gobigorange5090 writes:

Dooley shouldnt have been fired, but assigned a job within the athletics dept so we wouldnt have to pay him in one lump sum.

utvols1 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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So true. Dooley 2.0

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to gobigorange5090:

Dooley shouldnt have been fired, but assigned a job within the athletics dept so we wouldnt have to pay him in one lump sum.

Coach Dooley had a job in the athletic department. He also had a negotiated contract to fulfill the duties of that position that was granted by the Administrator of the Department. He fulfilled his obligations. He is deserving of any remittances due.

If redress is owed, look to Mikey that fired Phil, hired Lame, gave him an escape clause, advised Bruce to not be precise with the NCAA, publicly stated his demise before our 1st round game against Michigan, negotiated all the contracts where the University pays for his mistakes and walked off with his own personal buyout. Those are the true crimes that we continue to pay with our contributions and our hearts.

Orangeblood64 writes:

Sorry Dooley, don't go away mad just go away. Take your mills and take you a long vacation. I hear the south of France is nice this time of year

Vol_USArmy_Soldier writes:

Will the KNS replace its obsession with Lane with Dooley? S--t for head coaches with no tangible proof of winning where ever they draw a paycheck, regardless of talent. Both can suxz start a shotgun. Go away already.

I'm on board with Jones. GBO.

frblalack writes:

Just a classy smart guy...and a credit to the University! I only wish Coach Dooley the very best life has to offer! He raised the program form the remnants left by Kiffin, and he did it with class and dignity. Would love to see him stay at Tennessee in some capacity!

ashvol7 writes:

in response to BluezVol:

Sal was to Dooley what D. Clawson was to Fulmer. If Dooley had the Chief as his DC, we'd be watching UT play in a bowl game right now.

You must not have seen the ending in the LSU and Clemson game last night? Same old chief and his crazy prevent defense, he can always find a way to lose a game. He did it at UT and still is doing it at LSU. Miles is just as bad, three passing plays when they had the chance to end the game. If I remember they had second and three and passed the ball twice, who called those plays? Remember the Alabama game, they both found a way to lose.

tomwebster writes:

The real reason Dooleys team didn't win? ..Dooley didn't want a gatorade bath

iowavol writes:

For the life of me I don't understand why so many folks are angry/upset over the $5 million buyout. It was in his contract. It was what it took to hire him into a job the first six people said no to.

Coach Dooley, thank you for the effort. Results are what matters and you know that better than anyone. I appreciate the fact that you got the program heading in the right direction after the one year wreck Kiffin made of the program. I appreciate the fact we have more talent on the team now than when you took over. I appreciate the fact that we don't hear about thugs from UT. Thanks for taking the offense to the next level. Thanks for hiring Jay Graham. Sure wish you hadn't hired Sunseri. Thanks for being a Vol and good luck in the future.

SevenT writes:

Dooley was not given enough time to get it done in Knoxville. If they would have given him 5 years they would have won a few more games. I don't know why they turned on him so fast?

Just Saying

HighPlainsVol writes:

in response to emailnodata:

With any defense at all, UT wins 9-10 games this season.

His biggest mistakes, in my book are in NOT hiring seasoned offensive and defensive coordinators.

Isn't Cheney an experienced OC and Dooley kept Wilcox who was a good DC. The Sunseri experiment was a disaster, however.

gobigorange5090 writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

Coach Dooley had a job in the athletic department. He also had a negotiated contract to fulfill the duties of that position that was granted by the Administrator of the Department. He fulfilled his obligations. He is deserving of any remittances due.

If redress is owed, look to Mikey that fired Phil, hired Lame, gave him an escape clause, advised Bruce to not be precise with the NCAA, publicly stated his demise before our 1st round game against Michigan, negotiated all the contracts where the University pays for his mistakes and walked off with his own personal buyout. Those are the true crimes that we continue to pay with our contributions and our hearts.

Are you Dooley's lawyer?

pcorange writes:

At least he's got a sense of humor about the whole thing. He was a really, really bad coach, but no use hating on him any further. I'm glad he's gone and we have a chance at a new start. He'd make a good ESPN commentator or possibly a good athletics director, but a coach he is not.

volsxsnos writes:

WOW!!! After reading all of this.........I.Just.Don't.Know.What.To.Say.Anymore.

pcorange writes:

in response to SevenT:

Dooley was not given enough time to get it done in Knoxville. If they would have given him 5 years they would have won a few more games. I don't know why they turned on him so fast?

Just Saying

Dooley was given too much time. He should have been relieved of his duties after getting beaten by Kentucky in a must win game in 2011 and not even allowed to ride the bus to the airport. Losing to Kentucky was inexcusable, sorriest team and fans in college football.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to creekroad:

"First 9 win season 97 years"......that really sums up Vandy.

Not a Vandy fan, but when was the last time the Vols won 9 games in a season?

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

Coach Dooley had a job in the athletic department. He also had a negotiated contract to fulfill the duties of that position that was granted by the Administrator of the Department. He fulfilled his obligations. He is deserving of any remittances due.

If redress is owed, look to Mikey that fired Phil, hired Lame, gave him an escape clause, advised Bruce to not be precise with the NCAA, publicly stated his demise before our 1st round game against Michigan, negotiated all the contracts where the University pays for his mistakes and walked off with his own personal buyout. Those are the true crimes that we continue to pay with our contributions and our hearts.

Of course Hamilton was horrible, but go back beyond that - who hired Shamilton? Also, why did nobody want the job as UT Athletic Director when they hired Shamilton? I think the only reason he was the choice was that no established A.D. from anywhere else wanted the job. Why did nobody else want the job? Digging down and answering that question would take work by an active, powerful Board of Trustees - the same clowns that hired about half a dozen failed Presidents in the last 10 years.

stevefrommemphis writes:

It seems immature, and is certainly untoward, to have the former head coach making these posts.

I can't feel sorry for Dooley, only because he is going to get paid more in the next three years for DOING NOTHING than I and 99+% of Tennessee fans will get paid in a lifetime.

Hopefully he will be better at managing his money than he was at managing a college football team, because there are very few things more tragic than a person squandering wealth.

SevenT writes:

in response to pcorange:

Dooley was given too much time. He should have been relieved of his duties after getting beaten by Kentucky in a must win game in 2011 and not even allowed to ride the bus to the airport. Losing to Kentucky was inexcusable, sorriest team and fans in college football.

The Kentucky game was not "inexcusable" It is hard find a defence to stop a wide receiver playing QB and running the same 5 plays over and over.

88volgrad writes:

I almost feel sorry for the Dooley bashers. It must be tough for you crybabies going through life with nothing to show for it. I'm quite sure Derek Dooley could trounce the whole lot of you at any battle of the wits. Of course, the vast majority of you would be too cowardly to show up.

arkyvol writes:

this is a different world from when i grew up. then, when you were fired for not being able to hack it, the only thing you took with you was a bootprint on the backside. sigh. only hammy (who got his own golden parachute after establishing his incompetence beyond any reasonable doubt).

laraccoon writes:

in response to SevenT:

The Kentucky game was not "inexcusable" It is hard find a defence to stop a wide receiver playing QB and running the same 5 plays over and over.

"defense" dope

TKO writes:

Five million dollar buyout Amazing

Snapshot writes:

in response to Vols4Ever:

Do you have any clue about Richmond Flowers? Why was he wearing Orange? What did daddy do? If you know, why would you think anyone would be ashamed of proclaiming anything close to kinship with him?

Yes, I have a clue about Richmond Flowers, having watched him his whole career. My point was why would the poster (allegedly his brother) not respond to my repeated question. Maybe I didn't pose the question just right. Every time that POS posts on here I will question him, knowing the coward won't answer.

Snapshot writes:

in response to SevenT:

The Kentucky game was not "inexcusable" It is hard find a defence to stop a wide receiver playing QB and running the same 5 plays over and over.

seven you still haven't told us where you were hiding when Louisville beat the mildcats. Where were you coward?

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