Mike Strange: Timeout or time to go for Da'Rick Rogers?

Mike Strange

Prediction: Da'Rick Rogers will catch a pass at the Georgia Dome early in the 2012 football season.

Will he be wearing a Tennessee uniform? I'm not touching that one yet.

Derek Dooley's troublesome son — Dooley reiterated Thursday that being a coach is like being a parent to 100 kids — has thrown another tantrum and landed in timeout.

Dooley refuses to call it a suspension, just as he did during Rogers' temporary banishment during winter workouts. So let's go with timeout.

"He could be back tomorrow,'' Dooley said. "He could be back today.''

Or he could be in Atlanta talking to Georgia State coach Bill Curry. That seems to be the gist of recent Rogers Twitter messages, not to mention his quote to a website that covers Georgia State football.

Georgia State has football? That would be breaking news to Tennessee fans if they hadn't already noticed that Georgia State visits Neyland Stadium on Sept. 8.

By then, Rogers could have either played in UT's opener against North Carolina State on Aug. 31 in the Georgia Dome. Or he could have played in Georgia State's opener against South Carolina State, — which is Aug. 30 in the Georgia Dome.

I don't know if a transfer to Georgia State is even doable. But at the moment a considerable portion of the Tennessee fan base wishes Rogers would play his next game in Vladivostok. They're weary of the drama.

I don't blame them.

Poor fan base. Poor Dooley. They both want so badly to get back on a positive track after the dismal finale to the 2011 season in Lexington. And, fair or not, Rogers was perceived to be a party to that rotten ending.

So three days into spring practice, the diva/misunderstood victim is back in timeout, stirring the waters.

"Got some things to do internally,'' Dooley said.

Got some things to do at Georgia State, Rogers suggests.

"It's really not a complex issue,'' Dooley said.

Yes, it sort of is.

It is, because Dooley has been down this path with another star player, Janzen Jackson.

The details of Jackson's and Rogers' offenses might be different but the general feeling is that both have received a longer leash than the average Joe. That feeling might even permeate the locker room.

Jackson finally ran out of leash last August. The jury is still out on Rogers, who is clearly a star. In 2011 he had a season that only a handful of UT receivers have ever topped.

As parents we love our children unconditionally. For coaches in general, there is a long record of loving the star players a little more than the second-stringers.

That's not to say stars haven't been booted from UT's football program. Any number of banished Vols have learned what life was like at Hampton, North Alabama, McNeese State or, gasp, Coffeyville.

If Rogers really believes his problems will be solved at Georgia State, he should give it a go. However, here's a tip:

The Panthers' receivers coach, George Pugh, played for Bear Bryant at Alabama. I doubt he tolerates much foolishness.

If Rogers wants to finish what he started at Tennessee, it's time — past time — to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Quarterback Tyler Bray said earlier this week his goal for spring practice is to get the program back to where it needs to be, back to the '90s.

As of Thursday morning, there were a hundred of Rogers' teammates who aren't in timeout busting their butts to make that happen.

Mike Strange may be reached at strangem@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/strangemike44 and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/strange

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heyitsme writes:

Hate to say it, but "let him go", and move on...

newportvol writes:

Dooley wont give him the boot till hes forced too.. Dave Hart needs to step in and Force Dooleys hand.. This kid is nothing but a cancer to the team!

maciste54 writes:

I don't hate to say it. Don't let the door hit you in the rear end Rogers !

volaholic45 writes:

Drama Queen

Terminal, incurable, incorrigible drama queen.

Even a Snickers bar couldn't cure him.

Turn the page.

GoVols_16 writes:

Da'Rick, God has obviously blessed you with immense talent. It is a gift that you have. It is also a blessing that you can play at a MAJOR college university and be a vital part of helping that team win. Please take a lesson from the T.O.'s, the Randy Moss's, and the Chad Johnson's of the world--complaining is not going to get you anything but heartache & enemies. My hope for you is that you will succeed as a football player & in life, but if you run away from difficult situations & difficult people, you will never succeed. You will just continue the same cycle again & again & again. God Bless you, Bo

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

What Tennessee lacks is a true leader in the locker room. If this was Peytons team, or Al Wilson this kid would get his neck snapped.

That's the problem without a face as a leader this idiot runs around thinking he is the best ever because he is the best on the team as far as talent and recognition to fans.

I think the only reason he started last year quietly is because Hunter had all the attention coming into the season, once he went down and Rogers proved he was the all-star of the team it was over and as you see his attitude and ego changed.

Pullingguard writes:

Yeah, looks like he has pushed the button to the floor and that is not good... What is wrong with a young man who should be seeing $$$$$$$ signs with his talent... Give it another year or so and collect the big bucks. Instead, they have that attitude, Its all about me, I dont have to abide by the rules, and if pushed I will transfer,...Da'Rick, you
will be well served in your future to stay put, get your head screwed on correctly and cash in on the good life that is open to you in the NFL... Good luck, hope it goes well for you...

turry07#241638 writes:

Janzen Jackson was part of Kiffin's recruiting class, not Dooley's.

Voltillyafall writes:

Janzen Jackson was NOT in Dooley's original signing class. He was recruited by Kiffin.

Bigger_Al writes:

Wrong, Mike, about Jackson. He was a Kiffin recruit.

Bigger_Al writes:

Sooner or later, Da'rick will learn that leaving won't help. Because the problem - him - will go with him wherever he goes.

rockypop writes:

Since there is almost no information about what is really going on with Rogers except from unnamed "multiple sources," it's difficult to understand what his deal is. There seems to be an "assumption virus" that has infected American sports fans, causing them to assume the worst of every situation. This virus is being spread by the media and any number of "insiders," whose Internet "insights" are easily transmitted to a multitude of fans who don't have the patience or intelligence to wait for the facts.

Dooley has been keeping this issue quite for a reason. And, has anyone even suggested that it might be to protect a kid who needs to be given a chance to turn his act around?

I'm not defending Rogers or Dooley, here. This is obviously a delicate situation for both parties. If they look at it rationally, they will realize that they need each other, as the team needs them both. So, I would suggest that as fans, we pull for an amicable resolution of the situation, so we can have DR on the field and Dooley at the helm.

orange_eVOLution writes:

Man up and shut up, Rogers. Otherwise, bug out.

MrBamSeydu writes:

Dramaqueen'Rick Rogers

RoadTrip writes:

Questions for Dools. Say he does what he needs to do and he comes back. What happens if he shoots his mouth off again to a coach? Do the players want him back - if so, who and how many? How can you trust him to do his best play after play, game after game? Last question - is it worth it to divide the team, coaching staff, and fan base over one mouthy prima donna regardless of how well he performs on the field?

Of course I do not trust your answers to the questions, so this is rhetorical.

Yeah, I'll hang up and listen to what happens next.

AllVol311 writes:

No coach is going to release a player to a team on their schedule. Thats absurd. That alone should put an end to the whole "Darick wearing another jersey in Neyland on Sept 8th" garbage

fearthehound writes:

in response to lakindofguy:

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Quite a little hobby horse you have going here. Why don't you buy an ad in the newspaper instead of abusing every free post on this website?

jack4444 writes:

I hope Dooley is smart enough that he's letting it come down to Rogers' teammates. Will they, paritcularly the seniors and Bray and Hunter, embrace him with tough love?
Draw the line? Tell him to shape up or ship out? It's this kinda stuff that makes a team.

VolzsFan writes:

Quarterback Tyler Bray said earlier this week his goal for spring practice is to get the program back to where it needs to be, back to the '90s.

Now that is funny. The greatest era in school history and one of the best in college football history and players there now are going to flip a switch and get that done. Those days are a once in a program run. Never happen again. Heck, the 2000's with multiple SEC title games and 10 win seasons will never happen at Ut again.

fearthehound writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Quarterback Tyler Bray said earlier this week his goal for spring practice is to get the program back to where it needs to be, back to the '90s.

Now that is funny. The greatest era in school history and one of the best in college football history and players there now are going to flip a switch and get that done. Those days are a once in a program run. Never happen again. Heck, the 2000's with multiple SEC title games and 10 win seasons will never happen at Ut again.

Now that's the spirit. Spoken like a true fan.

tnvol4ever writes:

Hate to see you go. Glad to see you leave.
Man up Boy.

knoxchatter writes:

'SANFORD & SON'....dealing with more garbage on the football team!

BruisedOrange writes:

Looks like 80% of the posters want Da'Rick gone now, because they're convinced they know what happened.

Reminds me of those New Black Panthers putting out a bounty on George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin... because they're convinced they know what happened.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

This should have been done after the rumored Charlie Baggett altercation..CDD:My way the right way, your way the highway..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Looks like 80% of the posters want Da'Rick gone now, because they're convinced they know what happened.

Reminds me of those New Black Panthers putting out a bounty on George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin... because they're convinced they know what happened.

Well, wasn't Da'Rop in a fight before the season his Fr year?? This guy is nothing but trouble or were all these problems made up and he was actually helping old ladies at the assisted living center..Just sayin

Classof72 writes:

Expert analysis of the Da'Rick situation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY-zmJ...

wigmeister writes:

He is a distraction. Whether he stays or goes, he is still an idiot. Get rid of him now, before he contaminates the whole team. The orange doesn't need someone who isn't a fully dedicated team member. If he does stay, if I were a coach, I would say you sit, and watch those that want to play! SEC doesn't need kids like this.

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Well, wasn't Da'Rop in a fight before the season his Fr year?? This guy is nothing but trouble or were all these problems made up and he was actually helping old ladies at the assisted living center..Just sayin

Have you ever heard All-Pro receiver / ESPN analyst Chris Carter describe the personality of an NFL-quality receiver?

According to Carter, to play at that level, they're ALL narcissists! He says they're particularly ill-equipped to make good judgements about behavior. ("I mean, if they had good judgement, they'd never want to be a wide receiver.")

As arrogant, immature, and obnoxious as they are to be around (Carter's words, again), THAT's the kind of person it takes to put yourself in such an exposed position, all out, play after play, and come up with the catch while people are trying to separate your body parts from the ball.

There's even a theory that those same personality traits make such receivers more prone to drop easy, unchallenged passes in game conditions.

Makes the big catch... takes the big hit... drops the easy pass. Sound like our Da'Rick?

Coaches should receive an automatic "combat pay" bonus for every year one of these "special" receivers stays in school! They're always a stray impulse away from doing something stupid, brilliant, charitable, or criminal.

And consider this: if your team doesn't have some receivers like that, your QBs won't be prepared (team management-wise) to play at the next level.

Yeah, it goes against everything I love about team sports, and everything I fell in love with about college football decades ago. Very sad, but in this era, it's a football fact of life.

GONAVY writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Sooner or later, Da'rick will learn that leaving won't help. Because the problem - him - will go with him wherever he goes.

sage wisdom...

GONAVY writes:

in response to Classof72:

Expert analysis of the Da'Rick situation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY-zmJ...

:)

LiveToRide writes:

Dooley needed to be firm with this team and roster from day one. Instead, he allowed the tail to wag the dog. Respect, once lost, is impossible to regain. When others see this, how can they respect Dooley? How can he suddenly become a "strong, tough leader"? Dooley brought this on himself. Just a matter of time, and if the team truly is a reflection of the head coach....well....

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Make your move Da'Rick. Be a man or hit the road. We will forgive, but you have to mean it. If you think I'm off base, It's too late. If not, get your shoes on and go bust it on the field.

feelslike98 writes:

He was the best WR in the SEC last year even when we didn't have Hunter! Was I the only one watching the Montana and Cincinnati games last year??? The duo of Hunter AND ROGERS was unreal! If we don't have Rogers next year it will hurt us bad next year. I'm all for keeping Rogers on the team!!!!

PUL4VOLS writes:

GO! We've all had enough. But that is my opinion and I certainly do not, as do not any on this site, make any decisions for the University of Tennessee football team, women's lacrosse team or the basket-weaving guild. It'll all play out and the sooner the better. Are you listening over on the hill, coaches? Please quickly do the right thing.

WytheVol writes:

in response to GoVols_16:

Da'Rick, God has obviously blessed you with immense talent. It is a gift that you have. It is also a blessing that you can play at a MAJOR college university and be a vital part of helping that team win. Please take a lesson from the T.O.'s, the Randy Moss's, and the Chad Johnson's of the world--complaining is not going to get you anything but heartache & enemies. My hope for you is that you will succeed as a football player & in life, but if you run away from difficult situations & difficult people, you will never succeed. You will just continue the same cycle again & again & again. God Bless you, Bo

Perfectly stated!

WytheVol writes:

in response to rockypop:

Since there is almost no information about what is really going on with Rogers except from unnamed "multiple sources," it's difficult to understand what his deal is. There seems to be an "assumption virus" that has infected American sports fans, causing them to assume the worst of every situation. This virus is being spread by the media and any number of "insiders," whose Internet "insights" are easily transmitted to a multitude of fans who don't have the patience or intelligence to wait for the facts.

Dooley has been keeping this issue quite for a reason. And, has anyone even suggested that it might be to protect a kid who needs to be given a chance to turn his act around?

I'm not defending Rogers or Dooley, here. This is obviously a delicate situation for both parties. If they look at it rationally, they will realize that they need each other, as the team needs them both. So, I would suggest that as fans, we pull for an amicable resolution of the situation, so we can have DR on the field and Dooley at the helm.

I'll take your "wisdom" over their "knowlege" anyday, pop!

RealisticVol writes:

Another pouty star who is threatening to leave and go somewhere else. You can't leave your demons behind. Stand and face them here or just be another quitter that ends up not even playing football at all anywhere like a number of others who had talent and left but not the guts to stay anywhere.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Have you ever heard All-Pro receiver / ESPN analyst Chris Carter describe the personality of an NFL-quality receiver?

According to Carter, to play at that level, they're ALL narcissists! He says they're particularly ill-equipped to make good judgements about behavior. ("I mean, if they had good judgement, they'd never want to be a wide receiver.")

As arrogant, immature, and obnoxious as they are to be around (Carter's words, again), THAT's the kind of person it takes to put yourself in such an exposed position, all out, play after play, and come up with the catch while people are trying to separate your body parts from the ball.

There's even a theory that those same personality traits make such receivers more prone to drop easy, unchallenged passes in game conditions.

Makes the big catch... takes the big hit... drops the easy pass. Sound like our Da'Rick?

Coaches should receive an automatic "combat pay" bonus for every year one of these "special" receivers stays in school! They're always a stray impulse away from doing something stupid, brilliant, charitable, or criminal.

And consider this: if your team doesn't have some receivers like that, your QBs won't be prepared (team management-wise) to play at the next level.

Yeah, it goes against everything I love about team sports, and everything I fell in love with about college football decades ago. Very sad, but in this era, it's a football fact of life.

You are wrong; I remember Lance Allworth, Steve Largent, Roy Green, Drew Pearson, John Stallworth, Dwight Twilley, Nate Moore, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Wes Chandler, Haven Moses and Stanley Morgan. None of these great receivers resemble the personalities you describe..And isn't ironic that T.O., Moss and Ocho have not one Super Bowl ring between them...Just a thought.P:)

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

I am not going to hate on you Da'Rick. I hope you stay and excel in all areas of life; you would be missed. We all, however, have to abide by the rules, and I hope you already get that. Another team is not the solution; look to Him for comfort and direction. VFL

johnlg00 writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Have you ever heard All-Pro receiver / ESPN analyst Chris Carter describe the personality of an NFL-quality receiver?

According to Carter, to play at that level, they're ALL narcissists! He says they're particularly ill-equipped to make good judgements about behavior. ("I mean, if they had good judgement, they'd never want to be a wide receiver.")

As arrogant, immature, and obnoxious as they are to be around (Carter's words, again), THAT's the kind of person it takes to put yourself in such an exposed position, all out, play after play, and come up with the catch while people are trying to separate your body parts from the ball.

There's even a theory that those same personality traits make such receivers more prone to drop easy, unchallenged passes in game conditions.

Makes the big catch... takes the big hit... drops the easy pass. Sound like our Da'Rick?

Coaches should receive an automatic "combat pay" bonus for every year one of these "special" receivers stays in school! They're always a stray impulse away from doing something stupid, brilliant, charitable, or criminal.

And consider this: if your team doesn't have some receivers like that, your QBs won't be prepared (team management-wise) to play at the next level.

Yeah, it goes against everything I love about team sports, and everything I fell in love with about college football decades ago. Very sad, but in this era, it's a football fact of life.

Very interesting post. Much to ponder here. While I am sure there are star receivers who are well-adjusted human beings, it surely does seem a lot of them are out-and-out flakes too, to say the least. I don't know any more details about Da'Rick's situation than anybody else, though I don't like much of what I am hearing. Whatever the details, the way Dooley handles this situation will have a MAJOR impact on the kind of season the Vols will have. All this drama is hard on an old man, and Dooley is no doubt aging before his time!

wagee12 writes:

This will have zero impact on the season, sorry to those who make this bigger than it really is. And btw, his grades are bad and he might not be eligible to play if he does transfer.

ROCKYnROCKFORD writes:

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feelslike98 writes:

Everybody is wanting to get rid of him bc they think that with Hunter coming back and CP comin in that we will just be able to do the same thing with them as we did with darick and Justin but the last time I checked JUCO and the SEC r nowhere near to bein in the same league and it took darick and Hunter one year in the sec to get where they r. My prediction is this year will be the same as last year if darick is gone and Idk about yall but I'm tired of winning no more than 6 games a year.

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

You are wrong; I remember Lance Allworth, Steve Largent, Roy Green, Drew Pearson, John Stallworth, Dwight Twilley, Nate Moore, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Wes Chandler, Haven Moses and Stanley Morgan. None of these great receivers resemble the personalities you describe..And isn't ironic that T.O., Moss and Ocho have not one Super Bowl ring between them...Just a thought.P:)

Awesome list, HBTV... you named almost all my wide-receiver heros!

"Bambi" Allworth was on my lunchbox, and the first receiver I tried to model my play after. But--and this gets to my original point about today's receivers--he waaas born in 1940.

I guess Jerry Rice was the last on your list to retire. Jerry made his first Pro Bowl in 1986. That's 5 years before Da'Rick was born.

There was a psychological study done in the late '60s of NFL players by position. Flankers/wide receivers scored consistently highest in independence, both socially and intellectually. But for a dozen reasons, those useful traits have mutated into something terribly different in today's athletic culture. T.O., Moss and "85" (mi espanol no que bueno) have used their total media access to "express their personalities" louder than any players before.

Cris Carter (who privately trains both pro & college receivers) says he was just like them--but back then no one could hear him from Minnesota! (The exceptions we could name in today's NFL stand out because they ARE the exceptions.)

I'm only saying that if UT attracts big time talent at that position, we're going to go through this again, more times than not. In the bigger picture, it's society's best/last chance to socialize these young men. I'd rather have Da'Rick bouncing in-and-out of Dooley's doghouse wearing Tennessee orange than bouncing in-and-out of the county workhouse wearing prison orange.

These guys aren't necessarily bad kids, it's that they have so little impulse control. Ironically, the computer games that coaches hope will keep athletes off the strip and out of trouble... further diminish impulse control. (Remember how the great ones played ping-pong at nights 'til there was blood on the walls and paddles?)

Now what would be interesting is to see who Da'Rick has identified in the past as HIS football heroes. Anybody remember seeing quotes on that?

lemme_axya_this writes:

This team needs an Al Wilson type presence in the locker room.

papavol writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Looks like 80% of the posters want Da'Rick gone now, because they're convinced they know what happened.

Reminds me of those New Black Panthers putting out a bounty on George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin... because they're convinced they know what happened.

I don't think its just the black panthers.. And of course their isn't audio of Da'Rick Rodgers saying he wants to leave (unlike the zimmerman incident)

dvhill100 writes:

These five star bodies and one star heads. If he isn't stupid, he shuts up, does what he has to, rejoin the team, then go to the NFL next year and make $$$$$$.

Steve_2 writes:

See ya D. Ick and take your I don't want to go to a lesser bowl boy (Bray)with you. Didn't you boys lose to that powerhouse kentucky team. Don.t waste your time at Georgia state. Go see your brother Kiffin. You guys deserve each other.

ellerbee123 writes:

Cut him loose. PLEASE.......

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to rockypop:

Since there is almost no information about what is really going on with Rogers except from unnamed "multiple sources," it's difficult to understand what his deal is. There seems to be an "assumption virus" that has infected American sports fans, causing them to assume the worst of every situation. This virus is being spread by the media and any number of "insiders," whose Internet "insights" are easily transmitted to a multitude of fans who don't have the patience or intelligence to wait for the facts.

Dooley has been keeping this issue quite for a reason. And, has anyone even suggested that it might be to protect a kid who needs to be given a chance to turn his act around?

I'm not defending Rogers or Dooley, here. This is obviously a delicate situation for both parties. If they look at it rationally, they will realize that they need each other, as the team needs them both. So, I would suggest that as fans, we pull for an amicable resolution of the situation, so we can have DR on the field and Dooley at the helm.

Great post!

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