Derek Dooley on job status: 'I really do not think about that'

FILE- In this Sept. 22, 2012, file photo, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Akron in Knoxville, Tenn. Dooley working from the press box Saturday as he recovers from hip surgery, the rest of his staff is preparing to adjust to his absence from the sidelines. The change in routine comes as the Volunteers prepare for a critical game at No. 19 Mississippi State. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Photo by Wade Payne, A2012

FILE- In this Sept. 22, 2012, file photo, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley watches his team warm up before an NCAA college football game against Akron in Knoxville, Tenn. Dooley working from the press box Saturday as he recovers from hip surgery, the rest of his staff is preparing to adjust to his absence from the sidelines. The change in routine comes as the Volunteers prepare for a critical game at No. 19 Mississippi State. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley said he talked to athletic director Dave Hart last Sunday, one day after UT's close loss at South Carolina dropped the Vols (3-5) to 0-5 in the SEC.

"I hadn't talked to him after the game. We usually talk on Mondays. He wanted to make sure that I understood that he wasn't going to be in Monday," Dooley said. "We had our normal conversation about the game and what lies ahead."

In the same interview Wednesday night on Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone, Dooley was asked directly whether he expected to keep his job if the Vols win the final four games of the regular season.

"I really do not think about that," Dooley said. "And I mean that. Any of that stuff is beyond my control. All that's going to do is bring a lot of anxiety to me, the team, all that, which is unnecessary. It's so important that we just maintain our focus on what's next and go 1-0, and that's what we're trying to do here."

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If this week is like the previous two, coaches won't decide until just before kickoff whether running back Rajion Neal will return to action.

Neal has been nursing an ankle injury suffered Oct. 13 at Mississippi State.

The Vols play Troy (4-4) on Saturday (TV: FSTN, noon) at Neyland Stadium.

"He's doing a better job of practicing fast and getting more and more reps in practice," said running backs coach Jay Graham.

Neal said his ankle is unlikely to return to 100 percent until the end of the season, and Graham said he needs to get accustomed to that new reality.

"For running backs, you're going to get your ankles twisted up, you're going to get guys driving all over the place," Graham said. "You have to get used to getting it out of your mind and adjusting to how it feels, because it is going to take a while to feel 100 percent."

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Eight players — six wide receivers, a tight end and a running back — caught passes for Tennessee against South Carolina.

That's the kind of box score that receivers coach Darin Hinshaw enjoys seeing.

"The whole receiving corps got involved," Hinshaw said. "That's why you have to work hard in practice. You never know when you're number is going to get called. Vincent Dallas had a touchdown. Zach Rogers played probably one of his best games he's ever played. There were a couple situations in the game where we could've made some plays that would've been big. We just have to continue to work on the detail of our routes and keep working on making plays."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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qpitmaster64 writes:

I can appreciate CDD approach. Fans are upset with some calling for him to be fired. Regardless of what you're paid, it IS tough to work under those conditions. But today, he is our coach and I want him and the team to be successful. It's achievable to win the rest of our games. Let's support the team now and leave the bickering and discussions regarding CDD job status until after the year. VFL.

scott_m99 writes:

Gruden

Jetsavol writes:

I 2nd the motion for Gruden....I would imagine he could get 7 or 8 top recruits and 3 to 4 juco guys that could come and make an immediate difference...especially on the D side of the ball....Dear Santa, Gruden in Knoxville is all I want!

jjsteel writes:

in response to Jetsavol:

I 2nd the motion for Gruden....I would imagine he could get 7 or 8 top recruits and 3 to 4 juco guys that could come and make an immediate difference...especially on the D side of the ball....Dear Santa, Gruden in Knoxville is all I want!

Think it through. It won't happen. Ever.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Regardless of what one thinks about Dooley, how many of us have jobs that are front & center like his? [I know--please spare me the "he gets paid millions for it" and "it comes with the territory" comments--and am well aware of that!].

Thankful that my job doesn't come with such high visibility that it's constant table chatter, radio banter and major news storyline.

GloryDays writes:

Derek Dooley perhaps you should. Fear of failure can be a good motivational tool. The only good thing about losing is that it allows you to look at why you lost. What can I do to get better and improve. Unfortuntly I don't think Dooley learns from the past loses and continues his losing ways. Three years and no wins against top 25 teams, a miserable SEC record. Based on the past 3 year I don't see Dooley winning on a consistant basis. I think he should be firede, nothing personal just in the best interest of the University of Tennessee.

gwbask writes:

For Coach Dooley not to think about it, he has to be really focused and thick skinned. As it has been said several times before...Hart's silence speaks volumes. You would think that if CDD was going to be retained then the AD would have made a strong point to confirm Coach Dooley's return, for recruiting purposes if not anything else. I think that the next 4 games is going to determine who will be the head coach for the Vols next year.

tnwolfpup68 writes:

in response to qpitmaster64:

I can appreciate CDD approach. Fans are upset with some calling for him to be fired. Regardless of what you're paid, it IS tough to work under those conditions. But today, he is our coach and I want him and the team to be successful. It's achievable to win the rest of our games. Let's support the team now and leave the bickering and discussions regarding CDD job status until after the year. VFL.

I completely appreciate all of your comments. Right now, Dooley's getting paid the big bucks and it's still his job until UT/Hart take it away from him. But I will say that 3 yrs of the same is enough, maybe even too much and it's time to pay out and move on......Does anyone else agree? I would say cut our losses but then they wouldn't let him go ...

SevenT writes:

Lame Duck Coach!

I respect Dooley, he has a big buyout plan, he can hang out at ESPN and still get paid by UT for another 3 years. Not a bad gig if you ask me.

Just Saying

UTKin1992 writes:

Really. You SHOULD think about it. Seriously.

pcshowtime writes:

Giving dooley another year does not save money.
The longer he stays the more money it will cost because the will be a mass exodus of coaches just as there was last year. It cost more to fire him today than it did this time last year.
I do not know if he should have been let go last year December 2011 but we would have saved money. His buy out went from 6 to 5 mil last Feb. 15 2012. Ok you saved a 1 million. However, coaches leave you get new buyout contracts. $1.7 mil for Sal Sunseri, $425'000.00 Charlie Begget hush money for being forced out for Dereck Rogers and Dereck Dooley. That is a total of $2'125'000.00. I bet you thought I was going to talk about lost ticket sales didn't you. You guys think I making this Sh@T up. Here is the link look for yourself.

Ex-UT coach Charlie Baggett to receive $425,000, per settlement agreement
Buyout pays WR coach as if he were fired

Basically Coach Charlie Begget Told Dooley it was either Him or drug head WR Darick Rogers. Dooley chose Darick rogers. We all know how that keeping darick rogers worked out.
http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2012/f...

There you go DFL Dooley for Life Fans. There is your great good stand up guy. If you think he wont throw people under the bus you have another thing coming

This athletic Dept will continue to hemorrhage money with Dooley as head coach of football.

vq4nfo writes:

The UT athletic department cash reserves are below $2 million following the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The final checks from Tennessee to both Pearl and Raleigh were paid out in July.

Fulmer's $6 million burden will come off the books on Dec. 31 of this year.

After more than half a decade of mailing checks for services not rendered, the UT athletic department will enter 2013 with only two remaining buyouts.

After his resignation in June 2011, and ultimately replaced by Hart, Hamilton, the former athletic director, signed a separation agreement for $1,335,000 to be paid out over 36 months.

He's been receiving just over $37,000 per month since and will continue to do so until July 2014.

Additionally, former UT wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett is being paid $425,000 over 24 months based on an agreement that began on Dec. 31, 2011.

All told, if there are no other terminations and settlement agreements made before Hamilton and Baggett come off the books, Tennessee will have paid nearly $12 million in buyouts.

Coach Dooley is not going to get fired after this season. Read this again if you need to understand the finances they face at the University under the whole department. This is not just football.

terrytennessee writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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The eighth grade weighs in.

Go Vols!

roloyo writes:

BS!!! Coach, you're whistling past the graveyard.

GloryDays writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

The UT athletic department cash reserves are below $2 million following the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The final checks from Tennessee to both Pearl and Raleigh were paid out in July.

Fulmer's $6 million burden will come off the books on Dec. 31 of this year.

After more than half a decade of mailing checks for services not rendered, the UT athletic department will enter 2013 with only two remaining buyouts.

After his resignation in June 2011, and ultimately replaced by Hart, Hamilton, the former athletic director, signed a separation agreement for $1,335,000 to be paid out over 36 months.

He's been receiving just over $37,000 per month since and will continue to do so until July 2014.

Additionally, former UT wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett is being paid $425,000 over 24 months based on an agreement that began on Dec. 31, 2011.

All told, if there are no other terminations and settlement agreements made before Hamilton and Baggett come off the books, Tennessee will have paid nearly $12 million in buyouts.

Coach Dooley is not going to get fired after this season. Read this again if you need to understand the finances they face at the University under the whole department. This is not just football.

How much will it cost if he stays another year? A fan base that is eroding, lower attendance, low pay out at a lower tier bowl, lower merchandise sales. It cost a lot to lose. When you hire a coach you better hire the right one or it cost money and fans.

NashvillePreds writes:

Climer wrote a column slamming Dooley for the coach essentially saying he wasn't involved with the D.
Not often that I agree with Benedict Climer, but have to say he made strong and valid points in that one.
Kudos to Dooley for going on 3HL. He knew C. Travis would not hold back, but the coach still went on. Wish I could praise his ability as a football coach...
Go Vols

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

The UT athletic department cash reserves are below $2 million following the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The final checks from Tennessee to both Pearl and Raleigh were paid out in July.

Fulmer's $6 million burden will come off the books on Dec. 31 of this year.

After more than half a decade of mailing checks for services not rendered, the UT athletic department will enter 2013 with only two remaining buyouts.

After his resignation in June 2011, and ultimately replaced by Hart, Hamilton, the former athletic director, signed a separation agreement for $1,335,000 to be paid out over 36 months.

He's been receiving just over $37,000 per month since and will continue to do so until July 2014.

Additionally, former UT wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett is being paid $425,000 over 24 months based on an agreement that began on Dec. 31, 2011.

All told, if there are no other terminations and settlement agreements made before Hamilton and Baggett come off the books, Tennessee will have paid nearly $12 million in buyouts.

Coach Dooley is not going to get fired after this season. Read this again if you need to understand the finances they face at the University under the whole department. This is not just football.

Two words for you: Pilot Oil

dvols writes:

gonna go ahead and get it started,

Fire the next coach!!!!!

Colts_VolFan writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

The UT athletic department cash reserves are below $2 million following the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The final checks from Tennessee to both Pearl and Raleigh were paid out in July.

Fulmer's $6 million burden will come off the books on Dec. 31 of this year.

After more than half a decade of mailing checks for services not rendered, the UT athletic department will enter 2013 with only two remaining buyouts.

After his resignation in June 2011, and ultimately replaced by Hart, Hamilton, the former athletic director, signed a separation agreement for $1,335,000 to be paid out over 36 months.

He's been receiving just over $37,000 per month since and will continue to do so until July 2014.

Additionally, former UT wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett is being paid $425,000 over 24 months based on an agreement that began on Dec. 31, 2011.

All told, if there are no other terminations and settlement agreements made before Hamilton and Baggett come off the books, Tennessee will have paid nearly $12 million in buyouts.

Coach Dooley is not going to get fired after this season. Read this again if you need to understand the finances they face at the University under the whole department. This is not just football.

Good post. However one must also consider the current and potential losses of revenue due to the slow and steady decay of the UT brand. When you consider How much money this program generates, both for the school and community, 9.3 million is a drop in the bucket.

rockypop writes:

People who have no knowledge of all the facts debating Dooley's future on a website is ridiculous. None of you get to make the ultimate decision anyway, and even if you did, you would want more information than you currently have.

It's real easy to say that he needs to go, because of (insert any number of reasons here), but actually pulling the plug is a totally different matter.

Hire Gruden, you say. Well, how are you going to pay for that, plus the buyouts that will be incurred? Send the bill to Haslam, you say. Well, he has some pretty stiff bills to pay himself, now. And, if ESPN decides they really want Gruden to stay, then how long can UT stay in that bidding war? And, what if UT somehow gets him - then what? Gruden has won 54% of his games as a head coach. What if he doesn't meet the extraordinary expectations he'll find at UT after just one season? The despair in Knoxville will be unbearable. And, talk about buyouts.......

Even if you think Dooley is the antichrist, why would you cripple his recruiting with all these "fire Dooley" posts that inundate the board? At the very least, it seems like you would want him to bring the very best talent possible to Knoxville. Even if it were for the next head coach to cultivate.

oldvoltimer62 writes:

Note to Coach Dooley:If you never think about your job position,then think about this Mr.Hart may have been out of the office Monday offering Mr. GRUDEN your old job.

2Geezy writes:

Any team in the country could go 0 - 5 against the 5 teams we lost to. We are better than we were last year, give the D another year and it will be better also. I will have to say, I am highly PO'd after we lose, but after a day or two, I cool down. Lets talk about his job status at the end of the season, and support the team.

Vols20 writes:

I don't think any fan understands just how low this program had sunk when CDD took over. I also think that many of the negative folks on this board were the same ones wanting Chavis fired when our defense was one of the best in the country. They like negativity, are insecure, and posting negative messages on a message board makes them feel better. Most of them sucked at playing sports and couldn't coach/teach to save their hind end; yet, they are experts. Do I think things need to get better? Sure, but I also think that a coaching change is not the logical move right now.

vq4nfo writes:

Pilot oil is not going to help UT as it has in the past. They are both concentrating their finances on contracts for the Browns.

Most people do not know, but a university is lucky to break even on bowl games. Unless it is a BCS bowl game many universities actually lose money.

WRT UT merchandise, according to the latest, it has not droped off in the past few years. There was an increase in wormen's merchandise sales when Pat announced her retirement.

WRT attendance, the following is from the NCAA on last years top 10:

NCAA 2011 DIVISION I FBS ATTENDANCE LEADERS (Average)
1. Michigan..........112,179
2. Ohio St...........105,231
3. Alabama..........101,821
4. Penn St..........101,427
5. Texas..........100,524
6. Tennessee..........94,642
7. LSU..........92,868
8. Georgia..........92,613
9. Florida.........89,061
10. Texas A&M ..........87,183

UT wants to get back on solid financial terms WRT the athletic department as a whole not just football. They finally will have zero payments in 2014 baring any other terminations. Hart also has plans for more upgrades to the facilities in mind.

There are more priorities than just pleasing a few thousand fans that demand CDDs firing. The press is eating this up because of the comments made by a few not the majority. Polls on the KNS means nothing to the UT athletic department. There are plenty of head coaches on the hot seat this year, probably more than last but UT is not going to go into the red to satisfy the negative comments.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to Vols20:

I don't think any fan understands just how low this program had sunk when CDD took over. I also think that many of the negative folks on this board were the same ones wanting Chavis fired when our defense was one of the best in the country. They like negativity, are insecure, and posting negative messages on a message board makes them feel better. Most of them sucked at playing sports and couldn't coach/teach to save their hind end; yet, they are experts. Do I think things need to get better? Sure, but I also think that a coaching change is not the logical move right now.

No I was not one of the fans that wanted chavis or fulmer fired. The point is though they get fired and you want to give this staff a pass. What about phil or chief do you think dooley and Sal could even hold their jock.

I was a good enough athlete and played enough D to know you do not suffer through 2 yrs. to get a talented team. 9 of 11 starters back on 27th ranked defense. Then come out and change the Defense in a year 3 when you might have won the east if you could have left well enough alone.

thevoice writes:

For those who think Dooley is the man for the job:

If Dooley gets canned after 2012 and is not picked up by a respectable SEC or other program, it's confirmed others don't think he's a good coach either. Vice versa too. Deal?

TrouserCough writes:

Sure

6972 writes:

Millions of dollars in payout makes for a marvelous mental safety net. Who needs Xanax or Prozac? I could sleep like a baby. Wouldn't have a worry in the world.

pcshowtime writes:

I have said it before the university of Tennessee football coach is not paid to beat troy, mizzu, vandy, or KY in November. He is paid to beat Fl, GA, Bama, and So Car. 0-12 for 3yrs. not ounce. You would think 2-10 maybe 1-11, just ounce.

It is not the 0-5 sec record this year it is 0-5 for 3yrs in row. You would think he could get one win against those teams. Dooley will never win a game where he is the underdog and he will lose at least one a year when he favorite.

As for cost what about when 4-5 assistants are fired or leave this year. New assistants contracts negotiated on a staff with a head coach on the hot seat mean new big buyouts. I showed in an earlier post it cost more to fire dooley this year than it would have last year. With new staff additions it will cost more next year than it does now.

GatorHater1998 writes:

in response to jjsteel:

Think it through. It won't happen. Ever.

Think about this, if Gruden knew he wasn't coming to Tennessee, then why wouldn't he just go ahead and report it that the rumors weren't true? Just sit and think about that for a while...

movol53 writes:

in response to scott_m99:

Gruden

Keep in mind that when Gruden won a Super Bowl with another coaches players todays high school players were in 1st grade!!!! They have no clue who he is; unless they happen to see him on ESPN and that may make them wonder why he is NOT coaching; if he is any good at it. So yes, he can walk into someones home and flash that Super Bowl ring AFTER he introduces himself to the family. I work with high school kids everyday, all day and 5 years ago is ancient history to them!!!

arkyvol writes:

three years in. 0-5 conference. its time.

brauhuff#295403 (Inactive) writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

Two words for you: Pilot Oil

Dooley will be back next year. Bank on it because Tennessee is basically broke and the Pilot Oil money printing machine has dried up as they are tired of how foolish Tennessee is with money and the Cleveland Browns have their ear and dollars now. So there you have it sports fans

pcshowtime writes:

Every year longer dooley stays it is going to cost more $$$ to get rid of him.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Pilot oil is not going to help UT as it has in the past. They are both concentrating their finances on contracts for the Browns.

Most people do not know, but a university is lucky to break even on bowl games. Unless it is a BCS bowl game many universities actually lose money.

WRT UT merchandise, according to the latest, it has not droped off in the past few years. There was an increase in wormen's merchandise sales when Pat announced her retirement.

WRT attendance, the following is from the NCAA on last years top 10:

NCAA 2011 DIVISION I FBS ATTENDANCE LEADERS (Average)
1. Michigan..........112,179
2. Ohio St...........105,231
3. Alabama..........101,821
4. Penn St..........101,427
5. Texas..........100,524
6. Tennessee..........94,642
7. LSU..........92,868
8. Georgia..........92,613
9. Florida.........89,061
10. Texas A&M ..........87,183

UT wants to get back on solid financial terms WRT the athletic department as a whole not just football. They finally will have zero payments in 2014 baring any other terminations. Hart also has plans for more upgrades to the facilities in mind.

There are more priorities than just pleasing a few thousand fans that demand CDDs firing. The press is eating this up because of the comments made by a few not the majority. Polls on the KNS means nothing to the UT athletic department. There are plenty of head coaches on the hot seat this year, probably more than last but UT is not going to go into the red to satisfy the negative comments.

Riiiggghhhttttt
When the Haslams were sitting with Peyton in the sky box watching bama destroy UT 44-13, with 1/4 of the stands in bama red, I bet the conversation went something along the lines of:
Big Jim: Well, this is frustrating. Too bad we don't have the money to come up with an extra 10-15MM.
Bill: I know. All our family can do is win Governorships, and purchase NFL franchises for hundreds of millions of dollars.

You have it figured out...

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to brauhuff#295403:

Dooley will be back next year. Bank on it because Tennessee is basically broke and the Pilot Oil money printing machine has dried up as they are tired of how foolish Tennessee is with money and the Cleveland Browns have their ear and dollars now. So there you have it sports fans

Read a financial stmt, then get back to me...

pcshowtime writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

Riiiggghhhttttt
When the Haslams were sitting with Peyton in the sky box watching bama destroy UT 44-13, with 1/4 of the stands in bama red, I bet the conversation went something along the lines of:
Big Jim: Well, this is frustrating. Too bad we don't have the money to come up with an extra 10-15MM.
Bill: I know. All our family can do is win Governorships, and purchase NFL franchises for hundreds of millions of dollars.

You have it figured out...

I don't think they grasp what a privately owned company that has 21 billion in revenue in 2010 means. A million to them is like a thousand to us. "here dooley have 10 mil go away."

volcop writes:

Gruden does have a Super Bowl championship, no matter whose players they were. Niether Sabian nor Spurrier have one.

FWBVol writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

Every year longer dooley stays it is going to cost more $$$ to get rid of him.

How did you come up with that thought? Unless Dooley gets a contract extention after this season, which we all know will hever happen, the cost of buying out his contract goes down after the 2013 season and will go down each year after that Hart/the UTAD doesn't extend Dooley's contract.

volcop writes:

"Riiiggghhhttttt
When the Haslams were sitting with Peyton in the sky box watching bama destroy UT 44-13, with 1/4 of the stands in bama red, I bet the conversation went something along the lines of:
Big Jim: Well, this is frustrating. Too bad we don't have the money to come up with an extra 10-15MM.
Bill: I know. All our family can do is win Governorships, and purchase NFL franchises for hundreds of millions of dollars.

You have it figured out..."

Haslem was thinking that all those people were going to have to buy gas,drinks,etc. on thier way back to Alabama

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

Two words for you: Pilot Oil

Two words for you: Cleveland Browns.
Wanna bet where the money goes?

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

When I read the "3-5 Vols" play the "4-4 Trojans" it was like a punch in the gut. How in the F could we be at this record? I want to scream.........

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

When I read the "3-5 Vols" play the "4-4 Trojans" it was like a punch in the gut. How in the F could we be at this record? I want to scream.........

You asked so here it is - Vol fans were disgusted with an average of 8-4 so they screamed change. Now they are "3-5".
I hate losing but when you are an "elite" school with zero in state talent, maybe you should stfu.

movol53 writes:

in response to volcop:

Gruden does have a Super Bowl championship, no matter whose players they were. Niether Sabian nor Spurrier have one.

The point IS none of todays high school players know who he is - - except as some talking head on ESPN - - he is ancient history to them.

GerryOP writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Derek Dooley perhaps you should. Fear of failure can be a good motivational tool. The only good thing about losing is that it allows you to look at why you lost. What can I do to get better and improve. Unfortuntly I don't think Dooley learns from the past loses and continues his losing ways. Three years and no wins against top 25 teams, a miserable SEC record. Based on the past 3 year I don't see Dooley winning on a consistant basis. I think he should be firede, nothing personal just in the best interest of the University of Tennessee.

Successful people do not have a fear of failure, because successful people do not fail. Derek Dooley is successful. Because you do not understand the circumstances under which Coach Dooley is performing, you have no right to judge him a failure.

GerryOP writes:

in response to scott_m99:

Gruden

Unqualified.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Two words for you: Cleveland Browns.
Wanna bet where the money goes?

Are you kidding me?
What do you think the Cleveland Browns are? A non-profit charity?
Ppl with the resources purchase NFL franchises do so due to the billions of dollars the league generates in annual revenues. Even NFL teams that are perpetually inept make profits.
The Browns are an addition to the net worth of the Haslams, not a liability.
Wow

GerryOP writes:

in response to Jetsavol:

I 2nd the motion for Gruden....I would imagine he could get 7 or 8 top recruits and 3 to 4 juco guys that could come and make an immediate difference...especially on the D side of the ball....Dear Santa, Gruden in Knoxville is all I want!

What are Gruden's qualifications to be the head football coach at the University of Tennessee? Married to a former UT cheerleader is not a qualification.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

Are you kidding me?
What do you think the Cleveland Browns are? A non-profit charity?
Ppl with the resources purchase NFL franchises do so due to the billions of dollars the league generates in annual revenues. Even NFL teams that are perpetually inept make profits.
The Browns are an addition to the net worth of the Haslams, not a liability.
Wow

If the Haslams interest in the Browns is monetary then would that not also indicate their interest in the Vols?

GerryOP writes:

in response to gwbask:

For Coach Dooley not to think about it, he has to be really focused and thick skinned. As it has been said several times before...Hart's silence speaks volumes. You would think that if CDD was going to be retained then the AD would have made a strong point to confirm Coach Dooley's return, for recruiting purposes if not anything else. I think that the next 4 games is going to determine who will be the head coach for the Vols next year.

Hart has never said that Dooley's job is in jeopardy. Therefore, why must Hart declare that Coach Dooley is going to continue in the job he was hired to do? The naysaying negaVols wouldn't believe it anyway!

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