Dan Fleser: UT coaches laud technology at new football practice facility

University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley leads members of the media through the hydrotherapy center during a tour of the new Brenda Lawson Athletic Center and Neyland-Thompson Sports Center on Friday, July 27, 2012. The 145,000-square-foot practice facility is slated for completion this fall.

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University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley leads members of the media through the hydrotherapy center during a tour of the new Brenda Lawson Athletic Center and Neyland-Thompson Sports Center on Friday, July 27, 2012. The 145,000-square-foot practice facility is slated for completion this fall.

Derek Dooley gives a tour of UT's new football practice facility

For Derek Dooley, the sheer size of Tennessee's new football practice facility would fit in any era.

The Vols' coach easily imagined the 145,000 square feet in another millennium.

"You could've built something this big in 1980," he said.

It's the technology that places it squarely in 2012. Or, in the case of the new team meeting room, July of 2012.

"We waited until right before we hung the (film) projector to decide on a projector because the technology changes so quickly,'' said Joe Harrington, the Vols' sports technology coordinator. "They just came out with this model and its the brightest of any media room that's in sports right now."

At virtually every stop along a media tour of the facility on Friday, better football was equated to the applied sciences. For example, director of strength & conditioning Ron McKeefery will utilize a camera system to record every lift. He also will be able to set and check the bar speed of lifts.

"We want to make sure that the science is driving our training," he said.

In McKeefery's world, the technology at his disposal will enable him to equate workouts even more closely to the actual football performance.

"You've heard the expression 'look like tarzan play like Jane;' we don't want that," he said. "We want to be able to take the training room and apply it to the football field."

In the nearby trainer's room, the facilities will enhance both diagnosing and treating injuries. Jason McVeigh, the director of sports medicine, said that players will be able to watch themselves on TV monitors as they rehab on underwater treadmills in the hydrotherapy room, correcting imbalances in their stride.

"This facility is great for the coaches and great for the mamas,'' Dooley said. "It's great for the coaches because we make sure our guys are (back) on the field. And for the mamas, there's nothing more important than the health and safety of their child. We've spared no expense."

In Harrington's world, all of the meeting rooms are wired together. They're even connected directly to his phone. He joked that such a feature ought to afford him more mobility.

"I overheard coach talking last week about getting me one of those ankle bracelets that (actress) Lindsay Lohan wears,'' Harrington said. "Hopefully, the technology will buy my way out of that for a little while anyway."

Dooley is hoping that the new meeting rooms will enable players to better absorb instruction. Every meeting will be saved to a server for further review on a computer.

"I sit in the meetings,'' Dooley said. "Our coaches are up there thinking they're giving the greatest dissertation on cover-2 that any coach could. And I'm looking around and going 'about one out of eight are getting this' because of how they're mind works."

The technology will upgrade the learning process, taking it out of 1980 and placing it in the present.

"The technology is the difference maker now,'' Dooley said, "and using that technology to help them train better, help them perform better, help them learn better, help them recover better physically.

"Every single thing in their lives can be enhanced by technology if you invest in it and you commit to it."

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jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Nasty_Rat_of_the_Week:

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If that's true then you have years more of bitter frustration to live with. I'm hoping for a 10 win season or better. You'll be changing your handle in October or gone from this site.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

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BOM. Bitter Old Man. Not mad at you, just laughing at you.

vollaw writes:

Maybe KNS can find some technology that can help their writing..."how they're mind works"????? Really? Plus, they capitalize "Jane" but not poor "tarzan." Seems sexist to me.

Snapshot writes:

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Bitter, bitter old man.

It would almost be comical if you weren't so obsessed with envy for Derek Dooley. Instead it is just sad.

Deal with it,Jethro.

Snapshot writes:

Oh no, you're bitter,not at all. Guess it is just in everyone's imagination. Certainly could not surmise that from any of your rants against CDD.

Deal with it Jethro.

ccox30 writes:

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I don't want you as a fellow fan...you legitimately are wishing another losing season and 3 year down period for us again. By the way, the VFL program was instituted by Dooley, so either drop it or get on board.

Stepchild_nFL writes:

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So what's your plan dude?

I tell ya what my plan is. I'm gonna chase my girl here around the Kitchen Island. She's boterin me. Go Vols. Hehe

BamaVol writes:

This DA is not a Vol

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Bitter, bitter old man.

It would almost be comical if you weren't so obsessed with envy for Derek Dooley. Instead it is just sad.

Deal with it,Jethro.

Please Please Guys don't call IT an old man. You shouldn't even call IT a man.Don't have any idea what IT does with life but it sure isn't viewing things with any reality. Old men are still men and I don't think a single one of them would appreciate you putting It into their class.

tovolny writes:

Hey Vol doubters and VOL haters, that noise you hear is the sound of UT coming back. The noise is getting louder, louder, LOUDER, LOUDER. We are coming, coming, COMING, COMING.
Dooley doesn't care what you think...it does not factor into the equation of getting better, better, BETTER, BETTER...we are getting closer, closer, CLOSER, CLOSER. The Vol Nation does not value your insignificant bickering. Soon the choo choo sounds in the background will give way for the sound of hard steel rolling on harder steel. The ground will begin to vibrate then rumble. Don't stand on the track, because the Big Orange Express does not stop for RATS...Dooley is in charge...get off the track...this whistle only blows once.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to tovolny:

Hey Vol doubters and VOL haters, that noise you hear is the sound of UT coming back. The noise is getting louder, louder, LOUDER, LOUDER. We are coming, coming, COMING, COMING.
Dooley doesn't care what you think...it does not factor into the equation of getting better, better, BETTER, BETTER...we are getting closer, closer, CLOSER, CLOSER. The Vol Nation does not value your insignificant bickering. Soon the choo choo sounds in the background will give way for the sound of hard steel rolling on harder steel. The ground will begin to vibrate then rumble. Don't stand on the track, because the Big Orange Express does not stop for RATS...Dooley is in charge...get off the track...this whistle only blows once.

He doesn't deserve a warning to get off the track. Just run over the rat. Would suggest Dcon but it does not deserve a last meal.

Dalton writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

If that's true then you have years more of bitter frustration to live with. I'm hoping for a 10 win season or better. You'll be changing your handle in October or gone from this site.

Quit responding...he needs the response to give him what no woman would even sell to him!

WinkeyVol writes:

They need to stop technologising and start hitting, throwing, and kicking. A la Mickey Rivers.

MidTennVol writes:

Since none of this cool stuff will be available until December (at the earliest), we won't be able to see any "translation onto the football field" until the 2013 season.

But VERY cool he used that line from Jurassic Park: "We've spared no expense."

I would kindly eschew all the bells and whistles in favor of Al Wilson, Jamie Rotella, Haskel Stanback, Willie Gault, Roland James, Hacksaw Reynolds, Manning, and dozens of others holding "chapel" services in the facility once a week either before or after practices.

And strength and conditioning? I hope that weight room is already occupied by the Ghosts of John Stuckey and Reggie White.

These boys need to be the fastest, strongest, meanest, quickest athletes in the USA. That's the start. Add to that the heart and grit of a never-quit Volunteer and we may just have ourselves a Big Orange Cocktail.

klrigsby#1377153 writes:

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YOUR A TOOL

Mr_Bandman writes:

"We've spared no expense." Isn't that what Richard Attenborough's character (Dr. Hammond) says over and over in Jurassic Park?

TheVolSnake writes:

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Jeff

What you need to ask would your "dear friend" Phil Fulmer be pleased with your comments and your constant bashing, name calling, total disrespect and putting everything down. I have never seen a post where you had anything good to say.

I think Hall of fame coach Phil Fulmer would be embarrassed from what you are saying because 98% of your comments are defamatory and abusive to the university he loves and supports.

I could understand these rants and winning from a teenager or younger but even though you are an older gentleman your actions are very childish. Name calling really from an adult, I think this belongs on the grade school yards. His name is Dooley or head coach Dooley, how would you feel if every time you read a post and someone called Phil Fulmer a name?

I may not agree with the handling of Hall of fame coach Phil Fulmer, but I moved on and support the university, team, coaches and everything Vol.

Classof72 writes:

"The Ballad of Milligan Style"

They're goin' for a week my friends,
Just shake your head and smile,
As Dooley's stranded castaways
Do it Milligan style!

volbike writes:

They could allow a 15 games schedule and AD's would still not make a profit. The more $$ you have the more you spend and you have to keep up with the Jones.
The NCAA,in all its wisdom, should have prohibited any school having an indoor practice facility in the first place and a lot of other stuff. But that would be socialistic I guess.
It is similar to every hospital having to have a MRI and Cat scanners to compete. We all know who ends up paying for that stuff.

rbwtn writes:

Anything to help us get better and help us with recruiting is worth it! I like it!

movol53 writes:

in response to Nasty_Rat_of_the_Week:

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And once again I ask the NastyRat who is your realistic choice for the new head coach?It really doesn't make any difference you would not be happy
if General Neyland himself came back to life; you'd find something to b!tch about.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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RockyMountain and fellow Vols,

Exactly friend. This Rat is just about the biggest griper to invade this site. He currently leads the category of posts removed. It's really kinda scary how much hate this guy has for CDD. You really have to watch out for such sick people away from this site.

As for your suggestion to boot the Rat to the curb, it has great merit. However, it's hard to understand how the KNS staff removes many of his posts, yet allows him to remain here. No doubt the inconvenience of readmitting him here with yet another screen name.

Nasty rat perfectly describes Jeffery Flowers. Richmond certainly casts an inferiority comparison on him for sure, doesn't he?

AllforTenn writes:

in response to Nasty_Rat_of_the_Week:

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Would you please quit using the "VFL" in your stupid postings. You don't support UT at all.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Jeff

What you need to ask would your "dear friend" Phil Fulmer be pleased with your comments and your constant bashing, name calling, total disrespect and putting everything down. I have never seen a post where you had anything good to say.

I think Hall of fame coach Phil Fulmer would be embarrassed from what you are saying because 98% of your comments are defamatory and abusive to the university he loves and supports.

I could understand these rants and winning from a teenager or younger but even though you are an older gentleman your actions are very childish. Name calling really from an adult, I think this belongs on the grade school yards. His name is Dooley or head coach Dooley, how would you feel if every time you read a post and someone called Phil Fulmer a name?

I may not agree with the handling of Hall of fame coach Phil Fulmer, but I moved on and support the university, team, coaches and everything Vol.

Well said. He is certainly boring.

AllforTenn writes:

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Please do not wear orange while you cheer for NC St and Fla. And don't sit by any true UT fans, who might teach you how to behave..

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