Vols handling 'big' distraction

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leaves the field after the Volunteers lost 51-48 to Missouri in four overtimes at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leaves the field after the Volunteers lost 51-48 to Missouri in four overtimes at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE -- It's virtually impossible for Tennessee's players to escape.

For nearly a month, the Volunteers have had to answer questions about playing for embattled coach Derek Dooley's job security from reporters, friends and family.

The coach himself noted Monday how well the team has handled all the distractions internally, and the players truly have been commendable for their public response to all of it.

And while they might not be playing for Dooley's job in the season's final two games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky, the Vols are playing for their coach, and some for more than just that.

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JDX47 writes:

I do feel for the young men who chose UT so they could develop to their full potential. The coaching is subpar and therefore, even "trying as hard as they can to get better" as Hood said, isn't going to get them to their full potential as the direction is wrong. If you are practicing the wrong things effectively and efficiently, you will just get worse faster!

smoky50 writes:

Dave Hart needs to come out and say something. I hope he is making way for a BIG NAME hire. Pull the trigger and fire Dooley NOW! I was behind him until last Saturday. To walk off the field with time on the clock at the half and the decisions made were unbelievable. ALSO!!! SUNSERI IS THE WORST DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR IN HISTORY! I say throw the offer at Chavis and let him come back home!

jlnjn writes:

The 800 lb gorilla is not championships right now. It's that stadium and the empty seats.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Hard to gauge where the players heads are at right now..If beating a big rival like Vandy isn't important to them than they aren't bleeding Orange.IMO I don't think the players are motivated in the least to win a game for Dooley..Players like CP and Hunter and even Bray probably could care less about Dooley's problems.. I hope the seniors all have great games this week..They deserve or respect

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to smoky50:

Dave Hart needs to come out and say something. I hope he is making way for a BIG NAME hire. Pull the trigger and fire Dooley NOW! I was behind him until last Saturday. To walk off the field with time on the clock at the half and the decisions made were unbelievable. ALSO!!! SUNSERI IS THE WORST DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR IN HISTORY! I say throw the offer at Chavis and let him come back home!

It's safe to say that Hart has told Dooley he's fired but Dooley is forced to play possum for now.. I wouldn't expect a new coach to be hired till early January at best..Hiring a top coach is all about timing and as it stands this isn't a great year for landing a sure fire big name guy..When Strong is considered a great coach hire you know things are bad because compared to guys like Saban,Meyer and Myles; Strong looks no better than a HS coach..Like I said it's all about timing..Bama lucked out and caught Saban at a time when he couldn't wait to get the h+ll out of Miami..As far as Chavis goes thats a good hire but he's got it made at LSU..He's making good money,coaches for a yearly contender and is surrounded by great players.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

Players looking to go pro likely have a personal priority to stay injury free these next 2 games since these games don't mean squat to them.

Receivers and backs with alligator arms and running out of bounds might be on the rise. Why get hurt playing a meaningless game such as uk?

So we win Saturday (I'll believe it when I see it) and if (how far we have fallen) we beat uk we can go to the Saniflush Toilet Bowl - what a successful year!

The guys going pro probably look at that meaningless bottom tier bowl game as just another chance to get hurt. And it will be against a nobody team or another former successful team fallen on bad times but with a winning or even record, and how do we do against those? Exactly.

AD Fart - you can either pull our finger and diddle, or be the VOL Nation hero with a big announcement - but it's time to either shite or get off the pot.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

Players looking to go pro likely have a personal priority to stay injury free these next 2 games since these games don't mean squat to them.

Receivers and backs with alligator arms and running out of bounds might be on the rise. Why get hurt playing a meaningless game such as uk?

So we win Saturday (I'll believe it when I see it) and if (how far we have fallen) we beat uk we can go to the Saniflush Toilet Bowl - what a successful year!

The guys going pro probably look at that meaningless bottom tier bowl game as just another chance to get hurt. And it will be against a nobody team or another former successful team fallen on bad times but with a winning or even record, and how do we do against those? Exactly.

AD Fart - you can either pull our finger and diddle, or be the VOL Nation hero with a big announcement - but it's time to either shite or get off the pot.

THE DEED IS DONE! WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE PROPER TIME THIS TIME

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to smoky50:

Dave Hart needs to come out and say something. I hope he is making way for a BIG NAME hire. Pull the trigger and fire Dooley NOW! I was behind him until last Saturday. To walk off the field with time on the clock at the half and the decisions made were unbelievable. ALSO!!! SUNSERI IS THE WORST DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR IN HISTORY! I say throw the offer at Chavis and let him come back home!

Dooley is fired. Dooley's contract prevents leaking it unless he wants to give up his 5 mil

JonGrudensAgent writes:

I feel sorry for the seniors that have had to put up with all the uncertainty and turmoil throughout their college careers and wish them well for the future.

volcycle writes:

KNS needs to hire Patrick Brown....well written article!

SCVOL90 writes:

Here's what's going to happen... Dooley will be back because there's nothing wrong with the offense. Conklin moves to Defensive Coordinator and Sunseri moves to Defensive Line in 2013.

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