John Adams: Derek Dooley's firing should be announced right away

John Adams
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leaves the field after the loss to Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 41-18. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leaves the field after the loss to Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 41-18. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

NASHVILLE — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart can't wait any longer. It's a safety issue now.

He must announce immediately that third-year UT football coach Derek Dooley will not be retained. Otherwise, fans are apt to storm his office Monday morning in protest.

Someone could get hurt.

UT's reputation took another painful hit Saturday evening at Vanderbilt Stadium, where the Commodores administered an Alabama-size whipping to a program they had beaten only twice in the previous 30 years.

The 41-18 defeat assured the Vols of a third consecutive losing season for only the second time in school history.

If you want to compare the two, good luck finding witnesses. The Vols last suffered three consecutive losing seasons from 1909 through 1911, and they needed three coaches to do it.

Tennessee has been beaten worse this season. It has given up more points and more yards. It has missed more tackles.

But it has never looked more pathetic.

The Vols reached their most pathetic point long before the final play, after which the entire Vanderbilt team followed second-year coach James Franklin to midfield.

Tennessee officially went from bad to sad early in the third quarter. Trailing 27-10, it faked a punt on a fourth-and-9 from its own 19.

It was the kind of silly stuff former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme used to do when the Vols were on their way to scoring 59 points.

In this case, you had a punter (Michael Palardy) throwing to a defensive back (Byron Moore). That's probably sufficient information for you to guess that it didn't go well.

But when Palardy's pass fell out of Moore's reach, some critics might have concluded that the punter didn't throw any worse than UT quarterback Tyler Bray on this evening.

The Commodores would have scored in the 50s if two more touchdowns hadn't been called back by penalties. Their performance was hardly flawless, which only magnified UT's ineptitude.

Unlike the majority of Tennessee's seven losses this season, the offense didn't distinguish itself while the defense was falling all over itself. This time, UT's offense was as incompetent as its defense, which has given up an average of 41.9 points through the last nine games.

Bray, who had passed for more than 1,300 yards in the last three games, brought back memories of last season's loss to Kentucky when he completed 15 of 38 passes and threw two interceptions in a 10-7 defeat.

He was even worse against Vanderbilt, completing 11 of 29 passes for just 103 yards and throwing another two interceptions. In fact, he was so off his game, Dooley relieved him with backup Justin Worley in the first half. Given the way Bray was playing, taking him out was less surprising than putting him back in.

As ineffective as Bray was in the first half (6-for-17), it's a wonder the Vols were only down 13-10. Two goal-line stands limited the Commodores to short field goals. Palardy's punting, which twice pinned Vanderbilt inside its 10, furthered UT's first-half cause.

Tennessee fans couldn't have been shocked at what followed, though. If nothing else, this team has proved itself adept at finding ways to lose close SEC games. That wasn't necessary after Vanderbilt outscored the Vols 21-0 in the third quarter.

More than the Commodores were out of reach after that. So were all of UT's season goals.

They can't have a winning season. They can't go to a bowl.

All they can do is try to win at least win one SEC game — in their season finale Saturday at Neyland Stadium. If they can, they also can avenge last season's loss to Kentucky.

But that's no longer relevant to most UT fans. They're more interested in the next coach than the next game.

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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UT2006 writes:

i just cannot see a scenario where you keep dooley and the fans... great guy, probably just got the job a couple years too early

BankerVol writes:

Wish Dooley the best. Just not the right guy. Oh... and John Adams, I wish would go away with him. You suck much worse than Dooley.

joevol33 writes:

Don't know what to say??

FireJohnAdams writes:

"Its a safety issue now"??????

I don't know Adams.... Tennessee fans have waited for years and years for you to be fired... no one has "stormed" your office have they?

BillsBrother writes:

Two comments in and already piling on Adams. It is as though we think writing puff piece columns is going to turn our Vols into a ten win team.

willtowin writes:

in response to FireJohnAdams:

"Its a safety issue now"??????

I don't know Adams.... Tennessee fans have waited for years and years for you to be fired... no one has "stormed" your office have they?

What is it with you and John Adams? He is just stating the very obvious. You can't sugarcoat everything Tennessee does. I have seen Adams heap praise on the Vols but this team does not desserve it.

fearthehound writes:

I swear, I think Bray isn't even trying. I'm not sure what his deal is, but I think it's time for him to move along with Dooley. I just don't think he is a true Vol. Sorry, maybe it's just my wrong perception, but this guy really doesn't seem to care to me.

govols1123 writes:

John--

I believe Palardy's pass was intended for Tyler Drummond, who I think also wears the number 3.

AZ_Vol writes:

Adams must have taken a short break from kissing his sister to post this lame attempt at journalism.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Gary Patterson, PAY HIM!!!!!

Overall 115–34
Bowls 7–4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Pat...

jacksontnbob writes:

Adams is an a-hole. Go back to LSU, loser.

BankerVol writes:

in response to FireJohnAdams:

"Its a safety issue now"??????

I don't know Adams.... Tennessee fans have waited for years and years for you to be fired... no one has "stormed" your office have they?

Never doubted for a second that Dooley embraced the entire Tennessee tradition. Have also never doubted that John Adams lives to take shots at and tear down Tennessee any chance he can. It's obvious he truly dislikes the team he makes his living covering.

JA you are a worthless POS.

spacehistorian writes:

The whole situation on the Hill has been screwed up since Fulmer's last season. Hamiliton gambled on Kiffin & that blew up in our face when he bolted for USC leaving behind NCAA sanctions. The timing of Kiffin's departure led to a mad scramble to find a replacement to keep recruits from going elsewhere. Dooley was willing to take the job that no one else seemed to want. He came in and cleaned up the toxic mess left by Kiffin. He instituted the VFL program & seemed to be an ethical administrator. The major problem is that he just wasn't ready to coach on the SEC level. While we have been sitting still the rest of the SEC (except for UK) has passed us. We have some good talent coming back next year. If the next coach can take advantage of this talent and recruit some DBs we can be a good team next year. Hart needs to bring in a coach who has a proven track record in college. He will need to be able to recruit nationally & have a coaching staff that helps our team perform at their best on the field. Being able to make adjustments at halftime is obviously a must. The Dooley Era is over and it is time to move forward. Just please do not even think about bringing in Gruden. Chucky just doesn't have the college experience we need on Rocky Top. Tennessee has the tradition, the passionate fan-base, a great home field, plays in the best conference, etc., which means we should be able to field a competitive team in the conference. It will take time but with the right head coach and a capable staff it can be as short as 2-3 years to have Tennessee battling for the SEC East Title and challenging the SEC West rep in the title game. The flip-side is if Hart picks the wrong coach it could setback the program for the rest of this decade. No pressure Hart... no pressure at all. Just get it right and Volunteer National will be all good. Now let's get some sleep and forget about this blowout loss to Vandy. The sun will come up tomorrow and the Vols will start their work on returning the program to national prominence. We have to be patient because it will take some time... but not too much! It would be nice if we could send out our seniors who have suffered through this turmoil go out on a high note and take our frustrations out on a hapless Kentucky Mildcats team at Neyland. I sure want to avoid having the Vols finish in the cellar of the SEC East. The ignominy of 0 for 8 in the conference is just too painful to contemplate.

spacehistorian writes:

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

Gary Patterson, PAY HIM!!!!!

Overall 115–34
Bowls 7–4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Pat...

TCU has struggled this season. I wonder if Patterson would be willing to jump ship at TCU to come to Tennessee. How good of a recruiter is he? And how well does he develop talent?

rb4346 writes:

in response to fearthehound:

I swear, I think Bray isn't even trying. I'm not sure what his deal is, but I think it's time for him to move along with Dooley. I just don't think he is a true Vol. Sorry, maybe it's just my wrong perception, but this guy really doesn't seem to care to me.

I agree, so much talent in this kid and it is all being wasted, he has a lot of growing up to do before he is ready for the NFL.

StarkVOL writes:

Reading Adams feels like being kicked in the nuts when you are already down...

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to spacehistorian:

The whole situation on the Hill has been screwed up since Fulmer's last season. Hamiliton gambled on Kiffin & that blew up in our face when he bolted for USC leaving behind NCAA sanctions. The timing of Kiffin's departure led to a mad scramble to find a replacement to keep recruits from going elsewhere. Dooley was willing to take the job that no one else seemed to want. He came in and cleaned up the toxic mess left by Kiffin. He instituted the VFL program & seemed to be an ethical administrator. The major problem is that he just wasn't ready to coach on the SEC level. While we have been sitting still the rest of the SEC (except for UK) has passed us. We have some good talent coming back next year. If the next coach can take advantage of this talent and recruit some DBs we can be a good team next year. Hart needs to bring in a coach who has a proven track record in college. He will need to be able to recruit nationally & have a coaching staff that helps our team perform at their best on the field. Being able to make adjustments at halftime is obviously a must. The Dooley Era is over and it is time to move forward. Just please do not even think about bringing in Gruden. Chucky just doesn't have the college experience we need on Rocky Top. Tennessee has the tradition, the passionate fan-base, a great home field, plays in the best conference, etc., which means we should be able to field a competitive team in the conference. It will take time but with the right head coach and a capable staff it can be as short as 2-3 years to have Tennessee battling for the SEC East Title and challenging the SEC West rep in the title game. The flip-side is if Hart picks the wrong coach it could setback the program for the rest of this decade. No pressure Hart... no pressure at all. Just get it right and Volunteer National will be all good. Now let's get some sleep and forget about this blowout loss to Vandy. The sun will come up tomorrow and the Vols will start their work on returning the program to national prominence. We have to be patient because it will take some time... but not too much! It would be nice if we could send out our seniors who have suffered through this turmoil go out on a high note and take our frustrations out on a hapless Kentucky Mildcats team at Neyland. I sure want to avoid having the Vols finish in the cellar of the SEC East. The ignominy of 0 for 8 in the conference is just too painful to contemplate.

Gary Patterson may be the best "COLLEGE" coach. Known for fierce defenses and smart balanced offenses. Down year with some players getting booted over summer, may be time to get him thinking about moving on to somewhere new. SEC best place to go. If it's pro maybe Jack Del Rio. I think anything else may be second tier, Strong may get look but I'm iffy on him. This is if you do not believe all the Gruden rumors, but its been awhile since he coached, may be a careful what you wish for even though he is proven commodity.

Gary Patterson TCU
Overall 115–34
Bowls 7–4

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Pat...

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to FireJohnAdams:

"Its a safety issue now"??????

I don't know Adams.... Tennessee fans have waited for years and years for you to be fired... no one has "stormed" your office have they?

I like your profile name: "FireJohnAdams"

You could have also gone with: "FireAnyoneWhoTellsMeThingsIDontWantToHear" or "FireSportsWritersWhoDontConstantlyComplimentTheVols"

But, I guess those would have been too long.

FireJohnAdams writes:

in response to willtowin:

What is it with you and John Adams? He is just stating the very obvious. You can't sugarcoat everything Tennessee does. I have seen Adams heap praise on the Vols but this team does not desserve it.

What does "sugarcoat" have to do with this issue? He's basically stating that Tennessee fans will storm Dooley's office and "someone could get hurt". Are you kidding me? Are we "Tennessee fans" so bad we're going to physically harm a coach? We don't need Adams trying to make Tennessee fans look like some dangerous mob. If you want Adams to represent you as a Tennessee fan, fine, that's your option and opinion and you're entitled. Me, I want no part of it.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to spacehistorian:

TCU has struggled this season. I wonder if Patterson would be willing to jump ship at TCU to come to Tennessee. How good of a recruiter is he? And how well does he develop talent?

If you look at his record and fact he has upset the big boys so to speak I would say excellent, he has undefeated season and Rose bowl on his resume.

BankerVol writes:

in response to rb4346:

I agree, so much talent in this kid and it is all being wasted, he has a lot of growing up to do before he is ready for the NFL.

Here's to hoping Bray does that growing up somewhere other than at UT. I really hope next Saturday is the last time we ever have to see that quitter in orange again.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

I like your profile name: "FireJohnAdams"

You could have also gone with: "FireAnyoneWhoTellsMeThingsIDontWantToHear" or "FireSportsWritersWhoDontConstantlyComplimentTheVols"

But, I guess those would have been too long.

Or, he could have gone with:

"Myotherscreennameiswilltowinandtwentyothersbecausemyrealnameissybil."

loser.

FireJohnAdams writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

I like your profile name: "FireJohnAdams"

You could have also gone with: "FireAnyoneWhoTellsMeThingsIDontWantToHear" or "FireSportsWritersWhoDontConstantlyComplimentTheVols"

But, I guess those would have been too long.

Had this "profile name" for YEARS...don't comment often (probably more so this year than in the past), like to read the comments and opinions of other fans - has nothing to do with him "writing things I don't like to hear". Sorry to burst your bubble.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Most fans are ambivalent to UT fb after the Mizzou meltdown and now this beat-down at the hands of the dores..There isn't a need to rush CDD's office because he won't be retained except for maybe the UK game. Wish him well, but he wasn't the right guy from the start. Vols, let's pray UT makes the right choice this time..GBO!

deadskins writes:

Jimbo Fisher.Next H.C.

AZ_Vol writes:

in response to FireJohnAdams:

What does "sugarcoat" have to do with this issue? He's basically stating that Tennessee fans will storm Dooley's office and "someone could get hurt". Are you kidding me? Are we "Tennessee fans" so bad we're going to physically harm a coach? We don't need Adams trying to make Tennessee fans look like some dangerous mob. If you want Adams to represent you as a Tennessee fan, fine, that's your option and opinion and you're entitled. Me, I want no part of it.

Nope. You're spot on about Adams.

He insulted all Tennessee football fans with his latest idiocy.

There are no words to describe Adams properly, but they all have to do with fundament.

VolVanCheek writes:

Does anyone have Charlie Strong's phone number?

copia69296 writes:

Last few weeks Bray has come off the field as if it was everybodys fault but his. This week he was trying to give the Vandy bench the evil eye. I hope he is not following the college habits of Ainge, but man he seemed to be totally out of it.

I have never seen a team that looked as disconnected from the coaches as UT did. Bad routes, bad passes, all covered up what I thought was an excellent running game by Marlin Lane.

I have no idea where to go from here. Not sure if firing Dooley fixes a program that is this messy.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to AZ_Vol:

Or, he could have gone with:

"Myotherscreennameiswilltowinandtwentyothersbecausemyrealnameissybil."

loser.

That's way too long.

And if you think I have twenty other screen names, you're just wrong.

But then, you're one of the Doolaide drinkers that hasn't given up on this coaching staff right?

Enjoy your crow.

alavol writes:

in response to deadskins:

Jimbo Fisher.Next H.C.

Bobby; he is a winner!

AZ_Vol writes:

Yeah. I'm wrong. Sure.

And you're right; for once. I haven't given up on this coaching staff. I've got better things to do with my life than spend day after day; week after week, in a foul mood about a football team that doesn't win like I want it to, and then going on a forum and taking the equivalent of a dump in my trousers every time I post, as you do here on a constant basis.

Son, you wanna whine about Dooley? Dooley was the only one that took the job. You wanna ask stupid questions about why he was hired here, and then lament the fact that he is here because of a process not of your choosing.

There's no use questioning the air, child, if there's nothing else to breathe.

Well, you go on ahead and continue with your antics. I'll be sitting here reading your idiocy and laughing at you every time you vent.

Because, you're laughable, you see?

FWBVol writes:

in response to deadskins:

Jimbo Fisher.Next H.C.

I think Jimbo Fisher would be a great choice if we can get pry him away from Florida State.

Fisher has the character emphasis that so many of us have admired about Dooley, plus Fisher wins on the field.

But can we get hin to leave Florida State and the state of Florida that is so ripe with high school prospects?

That said, as I see it the recruiting base in FSU's only advantage over Tennessee. Florida State will always have to compete with the University of Florida as the top program in the Sunshine State.

Tennessee has better facilities than FSU and as far as in-state recognition and prominence, there is no real competition in Tennessee. Auburn will always have Bama to contend with, and to a certain extent, Bama will always have Auburn to deal with.

Miss. State and Ole Miss battle it out in Mississippi. Georgia and Georgia Tech in Georgia and even South Carolina and Clemson in South Carolina and Kentucky-Louisville in Kentucky.

Yeah, I know Vandy is up now, but historically, at least for the last 80 years, Vanderbilt football has not been a rival in football.

UT is the University of Tennessee and the Big Name institution of higher education, which would seem to make it an attractive job to Fisher or any other coach batttling for attention in a state with multiple state colleges or universities.

AZ_Vol writes:

The above comment was directed at: "IspendallmytimeonherewhiningandmoaningaboutthingsIhaveabsolutelynocontrolover".

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to spacehistorian:

The whole situation on the Hill has been screwed up since Fulmer's last season. Hamiliton gambled on Kiffin & that blew up in our face when he bolted for USC leaving behind NCAA sanctions. The timing of Kiffin's departure led to a mad scramble to find a replacement to keep recruits from going elsewhere. Dooley was willing to take the job that no one else seemed to want. He came in and cleaned up the toxic mess left by Kiffin. He instituted the VFL program & seemed to be an ethical administrator. The major problem is that he just wasn't ready to coach on the SEC level. While we have been sitting still the rest of the SEC (except for UK) has passed us. We have some good talent coming back next year. If the next coach can take advantage of this talent and recruit some DBs we can be a good team next year. Hart needs to bring in a coach who has a proven track record in college. He will need to be able to recruit nationally & have a coaching staff that helps our team perform at their best on the field. Being able to make adjustments at halftime is obviously a must. The Dooley Era is over and it is time to move forward. Just please do not even think about bringing in Gruden. Chucky just doesn't have the college experience we need on Rocky Top. Tennessee has the tradition, the passionate fan-base, a great home field, plays in the best conference, etc., which means we should be able to field a competitive team in the conference. It will take time but with the right head coach and a capable staff it can be as short as 2-3 years to have Tennessee battling for the SEC East Title and challenging the SEC West rep in the title game. The flip-side is if Hart picks the wrong coach it could setback the program for the rest of this decade. No pressure Hart... no pressure at all. Just get it right and Volunteer National will be all good. Now let's get some sleep and forget about this blowout loss to Vandy. The sun will come up tomorrow and the Vols will start their work on returning the program to national prominence. We have to be patient because it will take some time... but not too much! It would be nice if we could send out our seniors who have suffered through this turmoil go out on a high note and take our frustrations out on a hapless Kentucky Mildcats team at Neyland. I sure want to avoid having the Vols finish in the cellar of the SEC East. The ignominy of 0 for 8 in the conference is just too painful to contemplate.

Agree with most of what you said, spaceman. Especially the progress of most of the other SEC teams. Vandy and Ole Miss have improved dramatically in a short period of time. Georgia, Florida, and S. Carolina are perennial contenders in the SEC East for the forseeable future. Even Missouri improved over the first of the year, at least somewhat. In the West, take your pick. Alabama rules the roost, for now, but look at LSU and especially Texas A&M. Miss. State may go 9-3. Even Arkansas improved quite a bit after an abysmal start. The point to all of this is that these teams are playing competitively within the league. Bowl invitations are waiting for most of them.

As for Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee, what can you say? Auburn will surely go to 0-8, and it's left up to the Cats and Vols to determine the winner of the Bargain Basement Bowl. I didn't expect the Vols to be world-beaters, but I thought they had had a decent chance to go 4-4 in the SEC. After the NC St. game, I was pretty sure that this would happen. But once again, through some bad luck and poor play, the team has pretty much collapsed again. It's really sad, knowing that the best you can play for is a win against Kentucky. There can be no bragging rights in this one. Two teams trying to become 1-7 in the league.

But as crazy as it may sound, UT may be able to put something together in 2013. It will take a complete overhaul. A new coaching staff, a different attitude, with the idea of bringing it strong next season. Not sure about W's and L's, but I think that this team can turn things around (at least somewhat) next year. I think the year after that may have some real promise. First, lets acknowledge the train wreck now, begin cleaning up the mess, and get the program respectable and competitive again.

LIBDESTROYER writes:

Listen, John Adams is a fuggly little dude, with an obnoxious voice, but, he is a very good sports writer. He is clever, funny at times, sarcastic, accurate, and, most importantly, honest. He never mails it in and we are lucky to have him--no I don't know him, but he does his job well.

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

On the bright side, the world is scheduled to end in December...

Dalton writes:

JA has taken a new tack this season...he seemed objective with a positive bent early on...qualified his opinions with modes of improvement as we hit the nitty gritty...and after Coach Dooley"s "Wyoming" game against Mizzou...he started the fire this mess theme...like me...a fan of this program who will always cheer for success. Even if they brought this mess back I'd be at my post...but IT'S TIME!!!!...It's been fun piling on Mr Adams in previous seasons but hr earned his keep this year...unlike Coach Dooley...wish that being a good man made you a good coach...but taint true...govols

Jesse_Govols writes:

Is it me or did DD just look lost on the side line. I can't believe this guys gets paid anything.

DarthVol writes:

Neyland wept.

longroadbackT writes:

I recall Sunday morning when Coach Fulmer was still in charge his famous line...We will just get out there and work out butts off and get better....
I don't expect this team nor Coach Dooley to respond this way, not that there is no intestinal fortitude but this team is beginning to reflect the personality of Dooley, a bright, talented man with an uncertain future.
Even in the days when I was tired of Fulmer's inability to produce big wins, or even wins against teams we were expected to win, this is WAY worse. If we feel like losing is the fastest way to change, how can we blame Bray?
I find myself in need of one of Coach Major's speeches (ala Prez Reagan) at this point that even in the worst of times, a positive attitude goes a long way. What happened to the old saying--it's doesn't matter who wins or loses, it's how you play the game.
But that seems to be the point in the storied history of the Big Orange--how we are playing. In my lifetime, being a fan listening to non-televised games in the mid-sixties on the radio, world's greatest-ever play by play announcer John Ward, there was much pride always in The Big Orange, not so much today.
We see a lot of extremes today in attitudes toward all things Vol football. There was the blood in the water thing Saturday night in Nashville in which so many of us was willing to join, just to get change. There are those who have the winning at all costs and to heck with those who can't make it happen. And then there are those who are becoming disgusted with it all with thoughts of packing up the orange and white until the mess is straightened out.
Nevertheless, there is a human element here and we should not forget the origin of the very name "Volunteer". Dooley, his players, their families, staffs, Tennessee football personel, etc., surely have much more vested than us who sit in judgement of all that is orange. This is the stuff resentments, deep hurts and lives scarred are made of.
We do not have the answers--as evidenced by the number of names that constantly churn out of the media as to who the next "Savior" is for football in Knoxville. At best, it will be a couple years before we are truly competitive again.
My heart is heavy today...Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Can we put this in perspective? We all have many multiplied blessings from the Giver of all Good Gifts? JUST how important is football anyway?
Can we return to the same classy group who stands among their fellow man with that same Volunteer spirit that made the University the proud beacon on the hill it has always been?
Yes, moves will be made, yes, excitement will return, yes, hopes will skyrocket for the return to prominence in the SEC.
Lest we forget the Kiffin debacle and the hate.
Let's get a good perspective on this,nmove forward in a way we will not regret.

tngilmer writes:

(Haslam + UT = Dickey and ofer in the SEC) = (Louder + Auburn = Chizik and ofer in the SEC)

jobrando#216494 writes:

Folks aint that stupid. The leadership made this hire. They are then in danger according to your logic. I respect coach Dooley but not the morons that hired him and gave us zero chance. Fire them all Mr Governor. I agree though Coach Dooley needs to be out of his office Monday.

dirislr#209355 writes:

in response to StarkVOL:

Reading Adams feels like being kicked in the nuts when you are already down...

Why do you read his writings?

pms151 writes:

Good as Patterson is, TCU is a Texas school. He does not have to travel to recruit. Given that Ft. Worth is about as backwards as Knoxville in politics and he would feel at home there he just does not have the national recruiting appeal. That is why we have to all insist that the Haslams stay out of this. We are not looking for a manager for a truck stop..we are looking for championships.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to deadskins:

Jimbo Fisher.Next H.C.

No thanks

I travel the panhandle often and FSU fans would gladly give him up. They say he can't win the big one and is a terrible coach!!!

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

1. Congrats to Vanderbilt. They looked good and they deserved to win.

2. Lay off John. It's not his fault. Shooting the messenger, aren't we?

3. ...and most importantly...can we think it through this time? Our rush to judgement with regard to the dismissal of Coach Fulmer put us in this spot in the first place. Please take the time to make the right decision for the University of Tennessee.

4. Speaking of Coach Fulmer...last night not withstanding, Kansas State seems to have done O.K. this year with an older, former coach.

We've sure done worse...right, Layla?

utfan2121 writes:

in response to fearthehound:

I swear, I think Bray isn't even trying. I'm not sure what his deal is, but I think it's time for him to move along with Dooley. I just don't think he is a true Vol. Sorry, maybe it's just my wrong perception, but this guy really doesn't seem to care to me.

I think Tyler cares too much about Tyler and not enough about Tennessee football.

TNFootbo writes:

The KNS and local sports talk shows too should dung-can the majority of these "writers" and "football analysts" at the same time. Prognosticating 10-2 or 9-3 or even 8-4 for *this* team back in the summer!? And they'll probably get raises too.

WoodshedVol writes:

I think we should give Dooley 7 more years. He will be a much better coach in 6or 7 years. We have just got to be patient and let him get his players recruited and his system in place. It takes time. We should be ready to go to a bowl again in 3-4 years and then the sky is the limit. The Vols could be contending for the SEC in 6 years. Patience is a virtue. Real Vol fans will give Dooley time.

utfan2121 writes:

in response to UT2006:

i just cannot see a scenario where you keep dooley and the fans... great guy, probably just got the job a couple years too early

According to what they referred to as "a source", WATE.com reported his tenure as coach will end after the UK game, official announcement will be made today.

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