John Adams: Derek Dooley cool about 'hot-seat' question

John Adams

DESTIN, Fla. — Derek Dooley isn't uncomfortable in the seat he has been assigned for the upcoming football season.

"You're always on the hot seat in this profession," Tennessee's coach said when asked to address the subject for Lindy's preseason football magazine.

In fact, the temperature ranges from hot to hotter. It soared at Tennessee after a season-ending loss to Kentucky left Dooley with back-to-back losing seasons at a program unaccustomed to such misadventures as the one that occurred last November in Lexington.

So now, fans don't just ask: "How do you think the Vols will do?" Another question is just as prevalent: "How many games does Dooley have to win (to keep his job)?"

The hot-seat issue repels most coaches. But Dooley engaged it with equanimity at the SEC spring meetings Tuesday.

"I grew up in it," said Dooley, whose father, Vince, was a longtime head coach at Georgia. "I grew up with the 'Dump Dooley' signs and the 'For Sale' signs in our yard and the house getting rolled after a loss.

"It's something you have to accept."

You have to accept it faster these days, no matter how decrepit the program was at the time of your hiring. And neither the worst of circumstances nor the most dreadful luck is deemed an acceptable

excuse for anything less than a rapid ascent.

"I think my father would be the first to tell you there are two or three times during his 25 years (at Georgia) that he would have gotten fired under today's standards," the coach's son said.

"But we get a lot more money. That's the drawback. You can't have it both ways."

Never mind how much you pay a coach. You can't always buy your way out of adversity fast enough to accommodate an impatient crowd.

Look at all the obstacles placed in front of Dooley in his first two seasons:

A January hiring, after former UT coach Lane Kiffin made a fast break for Southern California, that forced Dooley to hurriedly assemble a coaching staff while pulling together a recruiting class at a hectic pace.

All the player attrition, resulting largely from having three head coaches in a 15-month span.

An NCAA investigation that produced a negative air mass above the program for more than a year.

Back-to-back schedules in 2010 and 2011 that were sufficiently brutal to get an established coach fired.

Injuries last season that deprived the team of its best player (wide receiver Justin Hunter) for the large majority of the season and quarterback Tyler Bray for half the season.

UT first-year athletic director Dave Hart was on the job soon enough to see all that went wrong in the loss to Kentucky.

He wasn't here to see all the mishaps and misfortune that put the Vols in harm's way against a team as incompetent as the Wildcats.

It's Hart's responsibility to put all of that in perspective when evaluating the state and direction of UT's program. But what matters most is what happens next.

The Vols return more starters than any other team in the SEC. Their schedule isn't as demanding as the last two. And despite the mass defection on his coaching staff, Dooley seems more comfortable with the new one than the old one.

"I do have a better feel for what this place needs staff-wise, besides the generic qualities you want from all coaches," Dooley said.

"It takes awhile to tell what's going to be successful at a certain place. Sometimes, you get it right away. Sometimes, you need to get rooted in."

And sometimes, you don't have enough time.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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FEARinSEC writes:

J.A.,(doesn't mean John Adams)can you PLEASE find some new material? Exactly how many articles do you plan on writing about Dooley possibly being fired? Sheesh, and to think someone at KNS is actually dumb enough to keep signing your paychecks! WOW!!

BambooBoy writes:

Dynamo Derek is right - all coaches are on the hot seat!! I'm sure some Bama fans want to kick Saban out right now!! Dooley is safe, JA - but I still think you are a man of high morals and are entirely sanctified!!

asleep#212036 writes:

I think Dooley is totally safe this season, ALMOST no matter what. If Hart wanted him gone he would have fired him after the Kentucky loss and moved on. By keeping him and allowing him to recruit and pay several high-profile assistants, it seems obvious to me that Hart is willing to wait until the end of the original contract, 4 years, to evaluate Dooley's tenure and decide his future. The biggest problem Dooley has is that the 2013-14 schedule is much rougher than this season's so he's really gonna have to step it up to survive. Go Vols!!!

aspenvol2 writes:

Adams, if newspapers were relevant you'd have been fired long ago. They can't find anybody who'll work cheaper than you.

IndyVolFan writes:

We should have hired 'greatest'. We'd have had 2 NC's by now with a bunch of freshmen and sophomores. Coach of the year material. What great coach was going to come work for Hamilton? I'm anxious to hear you toss some names out there. Wasn't gonna happen. Saban couldn't have had a winning season with these kids. A freshman and soph line will NEVER win in the SEC. One or two on the line...ok, but not all of them.

lguy (Inactive) writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

J.A.,(doesn't mean John Adams)can you PLEASE find some new material? Exactly how many articles do you plan on writing about Dooley possibly being fired? Sheesh, and to think someone at KNS is actually dumb enough to keep signing your paychecks! WOW!!

Dude, get a clue. It was a media availability. He Was Doing His Job. Sheesh, the ignorance of the masses.

orangeman1 writes:

I also think that Dooley will do enough to keep his job. There is no denying that the team will be better than last years with more experience and depth. Hopefully they can stay healthy and with an easier schedule, there's a good chance UT wins at least 7 games. Really no reason not win 8/9 for a good coaching staff with this team. But I doubt UT would want to pay all the buyout money, including that of 7 new asst coaches contracts.

aspenvol2 writes:

in response to lguy:

Dude, get a clue. It was a media availability. He Was Doing His Job. Sheesh, the ignorance of the masses.

81, Adams has been on a negative bent re UT for several years. good, bad, indifferent - Adams will always be carping about something. Really lazy journalism.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to IndyVolFan:

We should have hired 'greatest'. We'd have had 2 NC's by now with a bunch of freshmen and sophomores. Coach of the year material. What great coach was going to come work for Hamilton? I'm anxious to hear you toss some names out there. Wasn't gonna happen. Saban couldn't have had a winning season with these kids. A freshman and soph line will NEVER win in the SEC. One or two on the line...ok, but not all of them.

You are right that due to attrition and youth having to step up was a big factor in the results from last season. It was obvious to any football fan that there was a lot of potential from the younger players last year. There were also a few Jrs and Srs that were contributors. There was enough talent last year to win 6 games though so Dooley has a lot to prove this year to me. Like I said, I still think Dooley keeps his job another year as long as he wins 7 just because of the financial reason. But there is no reason why this years team cant win 8/9 games as long as the coaches do a good job. I personally think UT will surprise some folks this year. Problem is, that a lot of UT fans arent happy with 8/9 wins and it will be hard for any coach to sustain a Championship caliber team at UT.

VolMoment writes:

Same old material from Adams. His brain power can not write anything new. Come on KNS this guy represents you. Its time to let him go. If fans count then he is so far up the list to get fired compared to Dooley it isn't even funny.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Dooley avoided the media for about 8 weeks after the Kentucky loss, because there is nothing to say. No excuses. He knew he'd have to answer these questions after that sad, depressing November day. I really feel bad for him, his wife, and kids.. No one wants to be in a position where their ability to do their job is questioned by everyone (it's happened to me as recently as March). But all he can do is hit the recruiting trail, and pray for a better luck.

Hunters coming back, Bray is more mature, and he's studying film and putting in the time/ effort to lead this team. Rogers has his head screwed on. Patterson, Rivera are ready to break out in 2012. Tiny is HUGE. Bullard can get the snaps to Bray and not get pushed back 5 yards. We have experience, speed, and depth at DB. Daniel McCullers is bigger than a Yukon XL. Couch is coming back. And our cheerleaders are wayyyy hotter than previous years. The ingredients for a good turnaround are there. The question is, can Dooley make a masterpiece?

OrangeAppeal writes:

Lay off Adams. He's (1) making a great living by beating this dead horse story and (2) driving up the page views for advertizing by posting inflammatory comments under his many troll monikers.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

81, Adams has been on a negative bent re UT for several years. good, bad, indifferent - Adams will always be carping about something. Really lazy journalism.

You're right that Adams likes to stir the pot, but I did like the article and its info. Dooley handled himself well and said all the right things. It was actually interesting to hear about him as a boy, and how he had to deal the "For Sale" and "Dump Dooley" signs and getting rolled after a loss. He realizes the climate he's in at UT in the SEC and knows he's on the hot seat. Heck, he could win a National Champinship,two SEC Championships, follow it with 3 more SEC East Championships and get fired less than a year after winning 10 games and being tied for best reg season record in the SEC. Of course Adams is always there to stir the pot.

arkyvol writes:

how about a poll for the dumbest hire in vol history? i suggest as contestants, derek dooley, mike hamilton, and todd raleigh. (it might end up in a dead heat)

OrangeAppeal writes:

in response to Ears_Whitworth_in_Orange_Pants:

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49 rants against the UT program over the last 5 days. That amount of obsession is impressive. Now, who looks stupid?

Razor784 writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Totally agree, I don't know how Hamilton hired a coach with a losing record at a mid-major school, furthermore he never had any success as a coordinator, I hated the hire at the time and still do. I've always supported him and hope that he'd proves me wrong, but any athletic director worth anything would have never made the hire.

djohnnyg writes:

in response to Razor784:

Totally agree, I don't know how Hamilton hired a coach with a losing record at a mid-major school, furthermore he never had any success as a coordinator, I hated the hire at the time and still do. I've always supported him and hope that he'd proves me wrong, but any athletic director worth anything would have never made the hire.

IF Dooley loses to NC State and Florida?

I don't know about the NC State game but I think EVERYONE will forgive Dooley for losing to Florida.

The expectations have sunk so low in Vol Nation that the thought of beating Florida is like the Cubs winning the World Series. You certainly don't expect it by a long shot.

I remember when UT came "close" (10 pts.) to beating Fla. couple yrs. ago guys here were slapping high fives and exchanging congratulations that the Vols "at least weren't embarrassed this time".

No. Dooley gets a pass for all of the following:

Fla., Ala., Missouri, Ga. South Car., NC State.

The ONLY games Dooley wil be expected to win are:

-Ga. St.
-Troy
-Akron
-Vandy
-Kentucky
-Miss St.

6-6 and most will be ok with that. That's the sad part. With 3 of those 6 wins being against "patsy" schools...

After al, you can't expect us to beat THOSE schools. The SEC is tough...gee whiz. Give Coach Dooley some time.

Be honest. Does anybody TRULY think the Vols will beat Fla. Ga. Bama, or South Carolina? Be honest now. NO you don't.

Daytripper88 writes:

i believe hes safe due to the fact they hired all new coaches with 2 or 3 yr deals.hart is well aware of what dooley had to deal with his 1st 2 yrs ( depeleted roster, injury)so i do believe hes got 2 yrs to put tennessee back on the map

Snapshot writes:

in response to Ears_Whitworth_in_Orange_Pants:

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How about this, if he wins them you go away.

djohnnyg writes:

IF Dooley's Vols can beat Vandy, Miss. St., and Kentucky it'll be 3 wins and everybody (i'm sorry MOST) will talk about how much improvement was made going from 1 to 3 wins in the SEC.

Give Dooley his 3rd yr. Fine and see how it all plays out but I will throw Mizzou in there as a game even the most faithful doubt UT has a chance at.

UT NEEDS a HC that can beat those schools or they just continue to be at the bottom.

Yeah the SEC is tough. No doubt about it.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to djohnnyg:

IF Dooley loses to NC State and Florida?

I don't know about the NC State game but I think EVERYONE will forgive Dooley for losing to Florida.

The expectations have sunk so low in Vol Nation that the thought of beating Florida is like the Cubs winning the World Series. You certainly don't expect it by a long shot.

I remember when UT came "close" (10 pts.) to beating Fla. couple yrs. ago guys here were slapping high fives and exchanging congratulations that the Vols "at least weren't embarrassed this time".

No. Dooley gets a pass for all of the following:

Fla., Ala., Missouri, Ga. South Car., NC State.

The ONLY games Dooley wil be expected to win are:

-Ga. St.
-Troy
-Akron
-Vandy
-Kentucky
-Miss St.

6-6 and most will be ok with that. That's the sad part. With 3 of those 6 wins being against "patsy" schools...

After al, you can't expect us to beat THOSE schools. The SEC is tough...gee whiz. Give Coach Dooley some time.

Be honest. Does anybody TRULY think the Vols will beat Fla. Ga. Bama, or South Carolina? Be honest now. NO you don't.

dont be an arse

AtopTheHill06 writes:

in response to djohnnyg:

IF Dooley loses to NC State and Florida?

I don't know about the NC State game but I think EVERYONE will forgive Dooley for losing to Florida.

The expectations have sunk so low in Vol Nation that the thought of beating Florida is like the Cubs winning the World Series. You certainly don't expect it by a long shot.

I remember when UT came "close" (10 pts.) to beating Fla. couple yrs. ago guys here were slapping high fives and exchanging congratulations that the Vols "at least weren't embarrassed this time".

No. Dooley gets a pass for all of the following:

Fla., Ala., Missouri, Ga. South Car., NC State.

The ONLY games Dooley wil be expected to win are:

-Ga. St.
-Troy
-Akron
-Vandy
-Kentucky
-Miss St.

6-6 and most will be ok with that. That's the sad part. With 3 of those 6 wins being against "patsy" schools...

After al, you can't expect us to beat THOSE schools. The SEC is tough...gee whiz. Give Coach Dooley some time.

Be honest. Does anybody TRULY think the Vols will beat Fla. Ga. Bama, or South Carolina? Be honest now. NO you don't.

You must look at this year's squad and not dwell in the past, young grasshopper.
The Vols have more returning starters than any other team in the conference, while uf is replacing a quarterback and all skill positions on offense. Throw in the fact that the game is at Neyland, and florida has to play a&m in college station the week before and I fully expect a Tennessee victory.

But then again, I am a rational person.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Snapshot:

How about this, if he wins them you go away.

Ears will never go away. He'll just change his user name once again

gnm53108 writes:

Injuries last season that deprived the team of its best player (wide receiver Justin Hunter) for the large majority of the season and quarterback Tyler Bray for half the season.

Dont forget Herman Lathers...our best LB. Losing Janzen, our best DB, before the season didnt help either.

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

I think Dooley is totally safe this season, ALMOST no matter what. If Hart wanted him gone he would have fired him after the Kentucky loss and moved on. By keeping him and allowing him to recruit and pay several high-profile assistants, it seems obvious to me that Hart is willing to wait until the end of the original contract, 4 years, to evaluate Dooley's tenure and decide his future. The biggest problem Dooley has is that the 2013-14 schedule is much rougher than this season's so he's really gonna have to step it up to survive. Go Vols!!!

ALMOST no matter what is dead wrong. You're referring to a 6-7 win season with that knowledge and i guarantee you he will not be here next year with those results. He's gonna have to win at least 8 in the regular season to retain his job.

dirislr#209355 writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

J.A.,(doesn't mean John Adams)can you PLEASE find some new material? Exactly how many articles do you plan on writing about Dooley possibly being fired? Sheesh, and to think someone at KNS is actually dumb enough to keep signing your paychecks! WOW!!

You read his articles, thats all that matters to a writer. You people amaze me. You read his articles than write the same thing every day.

cloudodust writes:

Sorry folks, the Instant Gratification Railroad bypassed Knoxville. Get over it or walk. btw, Adams hasn't been the same writer since Tennessee won the NC. Then, he wrote of glory. Nowadays, he writes of woe. Here's to hoping Dooley can fix him...

CCLC writes:

in response to cloudodust:

Sorry folks, the Instant Gratification Railroad bypassed Knoxville. Get over it or walk. btw, Adams hasn't been the same writer since Tennessee won the NC. Then, he wrote of glory. Nowadays, he writes of woe. Here's to hoping Dooley can fix him...

I think SOD will get 7 this year on the strength of those two WR and a his qb. All three will be gone in 2013 and UT will have a new coach in 2014. His coaching tenure at UT will very much follow what Mike Shula's was at Alabama. Wish he would have meet with more success at UT but that is a big time program with big time expectations and SOD is still learning.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

J.A.,(doesn't mean John Adams)can you PLEASE find some new material? Exactly how many articles do you plan on writing about Dooley possibly being fired? Sheesh, and to think someone at KNS is actually dumb enough to keep signing your paychecks! WOW!!

I dont understand why KNS keeps him around either. Agravating the heck out of your customer base is not a good idea for any buisness.

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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OMG, your predictions expose your ignorance. You should be the coach or AD, since you are so smart and hold yourself in such high regard.

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to OrangeAppeal:

49 rants against the UT program over the last 5 days. That amount of obsession is impressive. Now, who looks stupid?

"Mama always said stupid is as stupid does".

Forrest Gump

rockytopinga writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

I think Dooley is totally safe this season, ALMOST no matter what. If Hart wanted him gone he would have fired him after the Kentucky loss and moved on. By keeping him and allowing him to recruit and pay several high-profile assistants, it seems obvious to me that Hart is willing to wait until the end of the original contract, 4 years, to evaluate Dooley's tenure and decide his future. The biggest problem Dooley has is that the 2013-14 schedule is much rougher than this season's so he's really gonna have to step it up to survive. Go Vols!!!

If you are right, we are in for 2 more losing seasons and this would put our football program so far in the tank that it will take 10 years to get the program back on track. As far as winning 6 games this year, that is a pipe dream.

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to Razor784:

Totally agree, I don't know how Hamilton hired a coach with a losing record at a mid-major school, furthermore he never had any success as a coordinator, I hated the hire at the time and still do. I've always supported him and hope that he'd proves me wrong, but any athletic director worth anything would have never made the hire.

Another second guesser. There are a lot of pretty good coaches that think it was a good hire. With that said, Mike Hamilton had NO time to go through a lengthy hire process and those high profile coaches likely recognized the mess they were inheriting and wanted no part of it.

I am not dilusional, Coach Dooley needs to win games, and I believe this year this team will be much more competitive. All the judges on this site that believed that any other coach could have done better with the talent and youth that we had the last two years is dilusional.

fearthehound writes:

Finally, a decent story by Adams. I say Dooley has (and should have) two more years counting this one to get it straight. Hey, where's the fool that has to insert 'Doolittle' and 'Dooleave' about four times into every post?

springtx_vol writes:

in response to orangeman1:

You are right that due to attrition and youth having to step up was a big factor in the results from last season. It was obvious to any football fan that there was a lot of potential from the younger players last year. There were also a few Jrs and Srs that were contributors. There was enough talent last year to win 6 games though so Dooley has a lot to prove this year to me. Like I said, I still think Dooley keeps his job another year as long as he wins 7 just because of the financial reason. But there is no reason why this years team cant win 8/9 games as long as the coaches do a good job. I personally think UT will surprise some folks this year. Problem is, that a lot of UT fans arent happy with 8/9 wins and it will be hard for any coach to sustain a Championship caliber team at UT.

I agree also. More importantly, I can name one game that UT lost under Dooley that they should have won comparing talent on the field, Kentucky last year. Yes, LSU his first year was winnable, but that was due to LSU's incompetence and a defense that played really well except for the first play. Yes, Alabama 9-6 was disappointing at the end of the game, but how many here really think that UT had the better talent that day? UNC in the MCB may be the next closest after Kentucky, but even they had several players including a QB that are in the NFL now.

On the flip side, Dooley hasn't beaten anyone that he shouldn't have. Sometime coaching can make up for having lesser talent. I am still a Dooley supporter, but he has to win some games this year. I have repeatedly said that 10 wins is not out of the picture this year. But 5 or 6 is not going to cut it with the returning players that he has now. Finally, I really like this coaching staff. I like Sunseri's defensive philosophy and background much more than I like Wilcox's performance at UT. Wilcox at Boise always had half of his starting defense as 5th year seniors. It reminds me of Clawson's offense, 4th and 5th year guys at a small school can pick it up, Sophmores and freshmen at a major program can't.

UTVOL2001 writes:

Will be a great year! Go Vols!

Vol43 writes:

in response to djohnnyg:

IF Dooley loses to NC State and Florida?

I don't know about the NC State game but I think EVERYONE will forgive Dooley for losing to Florida.

The expectations have sunk so low in Vol Nation that the thought of beating Florida is like the Cubs winning the World Series. You certainly don't expect it by a long shot.

I remember when UT came "close" (10 pts.) to beating Fla. couple yrs. ago guys here were slapping high fives and exchanging congratulations that the Vols "at least weren't embarrassed this time".

No. Dooley gets a pass for all of the following:

Fla., Ala., Missouri, Ga. South Car., NC State.

The ONLY games Dooley wil be expected to win are:

-Ga. St.
-Troy
-Akron
-Vandy
-Kentucky
-Miss St.

6-6 and most will be ok with that. That's the sad part. With 3 of those 6 wins being against "patsy" schools...

After al, you can't expect us to beat THOSE schools. The SEC is tough...gee whiz. Give Coach Dooley some time.

Be honest. Does anybody TRULY think the Vols will beat Fla. Ga. Bama, or South Carolina? Be honest now. NO you don't.

Yes I do

CrankE writes:

"How many games does Dooley have to win (to keep his job)?"

One.

We're going to find out very quickly what the trajectory for this team is. If, after having 9 months to hear about the loss at Kentucky, this team is not ready to tear the locker room doors off to get on the field and kick some, then they never will be.

gomer writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I also think that Dooley will do enough to keep his job. There is no denying that the team will be better than last years with more experience and depth. Hopefully they can stay healthy and with an easier schedule, there's a good chance UT wins at least 7 games. Really no reason not win 8/9 for a good coaching staff with this team. But I doubt UT would want to pay all the buyout money, including that of 7 new asst coaches contracts.

I love the attitude of the Dooley Disciples. They are happy as long as Dooley does just enough to keep his job, man the lowered expectations that these so called fans have, they love Dooley more than UT! Sad... truly sad... As for me I want a coach that is gonna do more than just cling to his job, I want to compete for championships and me and Greatest will not stop till championships return to our beloved!

gomer writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

Dooley avoided the media for about 8 weeks after the Kentucky loss, because there is nothing to say. No excuses. He knew he'd have to answer these questions after that sad, depressing November day. I really feel bad for him, his wife, and kids.. No one wants to be in a position where their ability to do their job is questioned by everyone (it's happened to me as recently as March). But all he can do is hit the recruiting trail, and pray for a better luck.

Hunters coming back, Bray is more mature, and he's studying film and putting in the time/ effort to lead this team. Rogers has his head screwed on. Patterson, Rivera are ready to break out in 2012. Tiny is HUGE. Bullard can get the snaps to Bray and not get pushed back 5 yards. We have experience, speed, and depth at DB. Daniel McCullers is bigger than a Yukon XL. Couch is coming back. And our cheerleaders are wayyyy hotter than previous years. The ingredients for a good turnaround are there. The question is, can Dooley make a masterpiece?

You are very optimistic, I guess UT is the only team getting better in the sec, and no Doodley can't make a masterpiece just look back at the Kentucky fiasco and the 1-7 SEC record last year. Dooley will be lucky to win 6 games. Put it this way Dooley has never pulled an upset in his career, So to get to 9-10 wins like most the delusionals claim he will prob have to pull at lest 3-5 upsets, sounds pretty un realistic. We got talent and depth but unfortunately most the other teams on our schedule have depth and more talent (maybe with the exception of a handful of players), and proven head coaches so don't worry though this loser will be fired by mid season and we will get back to our winning ways!

gomer writes:

in response to Ears_Whitworth_in_Orange_Pants:

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Ears... I think you are exactly right. The problem is these delusionals don't want to hear the truth and they try to escape reality and pretend things are just great. How many programs have a head coach with a losing record, 7 coaches jumping ship in January, 10th best recruiting class in there conference, a qb and a bunch of wrs that have never beaten an sec team with a winning record, and is all the sudden gonna win 9-10 games playing in the sec. It's just not realistic but they want to ignore reality and live there fantasy. Well the reality is this, besides a few homers we are the laughing stock outside of Knoxville thanks to this man Dooley that the disciples worship.

crappieking writes:

After the upcoming 4-8, or at best 5-7 season, the Dooley discussions will be over.

RockyMtnVol writes:

Wow! the memories of some of the posters is amazing. You seem to think that each of us are entitled to have a say in who our HC is for Football. The most consistent bunch of blah blah is how each of you believe that you have some kind of insight to coaching at the Div I level or that you might have played at a SEC school. Those for Dooley, its ok to support the HC, and those against, well, you have a right to not support Dooley. I don't think there is a perfect coach for UT, the bar is set sooo high because of the 90s, that some of you would rather see UT self-destruct than to just allow a man to build a program.

GBO!

RockyMtnVol writes:

one more thing, I believe John Adams has been a NegaVol for years, he rarely writes anything positive about UT and when he does try to come across as "insightful" it sounds forced and unnatural. I have seen him at interviews and he appears burned out and unineterested in his job, writing negative articles have become easier over the years, anything else would require effort.

GBO!

RockyMtnVol writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Why is there a right and wrong? You seem to attack anyone who disagrees with your position or if they like Dooley......does everyone like you? should you be fired because you have a bad attitude? Why post on a UT site if you do not like the coaches or the players? You have the right to change your team affilations....stop busting on people who like the current coaching staff.

1manningfan writes:

Derek Shula is garbage!!! He can't coach himself out of a wet paper bag. He's better off being an AD then a coach. How many times did everyone scratch there heads with his decision making in games? If he can't win 9 or more games in 2012 then he needs to go!!! I hope he proves me wrong and coaches at UT for a very long time but unfortunantly i don't see that happening. The talent is there but the coaches aren't. It's pathetic how far Tennessee football has fallen! And don't give me phooey about being a negative Nancy cause the the proof is there and the stats to back my claim.

CroKev writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

I think Dooley is totally safe this season, ALMOST no matter what. If Hart wanted him gone he would have fired him after the Kentucky loss and moved on. By keeping him and allowing him to recruit and pay several high-profile assistants, it seems obvious to me that Hart is willing to wait until the end of the original contract, 4 years, to evaluate Dooley's tenure and decide his future. The biggest problem Dooley has is that the 2013-14 schedule is much rougher than this season's so he's really gonna have to step it up to survive. Go Vols!!!

Someone should have warned you that you're not allowed to make sense on this site...

RockyMtnVol writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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greatest......I see your unhappy, but changing now would only hurt the program. Face reality....this started before Dooley was hired, and now you want to blame him for what happened before his arrival. I understand people like you, its easier to point figers and blame, it takes less effort to see the bad side. The problem is not Dooley, the problem is you. If you were coach what would you have done under the same circumstances? Face it, Tennessee does not have a great recuiting base for in-state talent. All the other SEC schools have established coaches (LSU, BAMA, USC, GA, etc.) we use to raid this states back in the day, but now the athletes want to stay with their state schools. UT has a bigger task to get the "right" players vs. trouble makers. This is what happen to Fulmer, he looked at the stars and stopped looking at the character of the person, the classes became thin 2006 and beyond and our production went south. Dooley is trying to get the right players and building a program not a team. Take a deep breath and relax......its coming.

CCLC writes:

in response to Vol43:

Yes I do

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gomer writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Now they are sinking even lower by trying to censor any truth regarding Dooley, they can censor away but they can't censor 1-7

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