Vols take coaching change in stride

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, second from right, pulls linebacker Jacques Smith off the field during an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville , Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, second from right, pulls linebacker Jacques Smith off the field during an NCAA college football game against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville , Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Amy Smotherman Burgess)

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Players practicing Monday for the first time since the firing of head football coach Derek Dooley handled the changes in stride.

“It’s just part of the profession,” said offensive lineman Ju’Wuan James. “When I got here, two days later, coach (Lane) Kiffin was gone. So it’s just another coach.”

The Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) finish the season against Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.) Monday was the first practice under interim coach Jim Chaney.

“It’s just seemed weird not to see coach Dooley here to talk to us to start the week off, but once everything got started it was business as usual,” said safety Byron Moore.

Offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson said Dooley’s firing didn’t come as a surprise.

“I anticipated it. I’m not going to lie,” he said. “It’s a business. Coaches come and go. That’s just the way it is. I love coach Dooley. He’s done a lot for me personally. I appreciate everything he’s done for me these last two years, but you’ve got to move forward.”

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

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87and1dad writes:

PLEASE, Byron Moore... no more 'business as usual!' Let's play some defense and at least beat KY.

Colliervol writes:

Good attitude by the players. "Got to move forward." Sounds good to me.

1voiceofreason writes:

That business as usual comment scares me.

Lets face it though, the team has played like Dooley was a lame duck since the South Carolina loss. Before that, they were just run of the mill horrible against 3 teams with a shot at the national title. After it, they became bottom of the barrel pathetic horrible. The phone-in job on Saturday was more pathetic than the KY game last year.

1voiceofreason writes:

Have to say also that I hope some fool NFL team decides to draft Bray. The guy puts up huge numbers until something goes against him, then he turns into a head case. We need leadership in the huddle and on the sideline.

That said, I think Patterson caused 2 of UT's picks by running the wrong routes. Both QB's made what looked like absolutely horrendous throws to him that would have been good if 84 had done the opposite of what he did.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

When ESPN showed the mass exodus of Vol fans leaving the stadium late in the 3rd quarter you knew somebody was getting fired soon.

HooRay_Vol writes:

Heard Phil Jackson still wants to get back into coaching.................

wigmeister writes:

in response to HooRay_Vol:

Heard Phil Jackson still wants to get back into coaching.................

He does have a winning record!!!!!

UTVolWarrior98 writes:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

rockytopwestone writes:

But can he recruit ?

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

Losing Coach Dooley is a sad thing. The numbers are what they are, and the domination by Vandy was a killer. I am sorry it happened.

govolsn3 writes:

in response to Colliervol:

Good attitude by the players. "Got to move forward." Sounds good to me.

Go figure. The attitude of the players is pretty well cut and dried on the field. No heart, no guts. I supported COACH DOOLEY and I will support the next coach (EXCEPT PATRINO) but there is just so much you can coach 20 year old college football palyers. Sometimes you just have to judge the team and there is no team in ORANGE this year. BRAY and HUNTER needs to go on and make their millions (good luck) in the NFL. Patterson will make his and I am thankful to coach DOOLEY for signing him and letting us enjoy his talent. His antics while scoring will be tolerated in the NFL. There is one huge thing to learn after this season and that is if you don't have leaders on a football team that is on the field then you are in big trouble. BRAY needed sat down at the first of the year. He is such a head case. It was almost as if the game was fixed. Oh well, there is always the next year, that is around 2019. GO VOLS>>>>VFL

spacehistorian writes:

Wow... it is pretty obvious the players were not surprised by this coaching change. They seemed resigned to it with that performance at Vandy. "Business as usual" and "It's just part of the profession" sound cold but those comments reflect the reality of college coaches who don't produce wins. Today Nick Saban said that if he had two losing seasons at Bama he would be fired so no job in the SEC is safe. Gone are the days you had 4 to 5 years to build a program. If you don't show immediate improvement in your first year you know your job is in jeopardy. No progress in the 2nd & 3rd year is a death sentence like it was for Dooley. The next coach for the Vols will come in understanding that he has a short time to revitalize this program. The Vols have some good talent returning, great facilities, a great fan-base and play in the best conference. The foundation is there for the right coach to make the Vols competitive again in the SEC. So now we wait and see if Hart gets this critical choice right. Big Orange Nation is holding its collective breath to see if we will be returning to relevance anytime soon.

usafvol writes:

in response to UTVolWarrior98:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

Hey butt nugget; it's called having a little decency. Doubt you have any idea what that means..

sec_fan writes:

It kind of sums up Dooley tenure. The players lamented Coach Firing, but Dooley "that's just business." One LA TECH player said he did not inspire you to play for him.

nocleats writes:

Makes Antone Davis and the Vol for Life program bigger and more important now than ever before.. Through this program this team can bond like cement and resolve to let nothing tear them down again Former Vols are needed to help the VFL now more than ever.. VFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

A message with regard to Vandy. Sure, they were a fairly decent team this year.

Having said that, back up to their schedule. Lost to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Did not have to play Alabama, LSU, and Texas A & M. That would have been 6 losses.

Tennessee? Admittedly, by season's end, the Vols were very much horrible on defense, and after the way the games ended with Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri, Tennessee had mailed in the rest of the season.........so losing to Vandy wasn't an earth shattering event.

Finally, Vanderbilt is crowing and puffing up....which is understandable for the 2nd time in 30 years. Therefore, give them their moment in the sun.........and although improved by their standards, they're hardly the SEC's cream of the crop.

Yes, coach Dooley's time had arrived. He didn't win as much as was necessary........however, for the classless idiots who made up screen names taunting him on this sorry website, we have long since identified who the kids, the childish trolls, and the whiny idiots have been and still are.

The Vols will be okay down the road. Can't say as much for the idiots.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to UTVolWarrior98:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

Seems to me like the players are taking it very well. I'm sure this was not a surprise. I don't understand the animosity toward Dooley. It seems to me that he is a decent man who was put in a situation he was not ready for, but still gave it his best shot.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Is Chaney going to have enough time to get a pair of orange pants made? It's obvious that he and Dooley don't wear the same size.

VolGrad writes:

in response to UTVolWarrior98:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

At least they are handling it more maturely than you.

Apparently there was more to Dooley than just his losing record. I seriously doubt they enjoyed losing either. So for any of them to come out and stand up for him..., well, there must be more to being a coach and being a man than merely winning/losing football games. Perhaps that much is lost on you.

Obviously, CDD had a bigger impact on these kids than you will ever accept. Bottom line, however, is winning football games these days. Thus, he was fired. Don't criticize the kids and assistant coaches for standing up for the man.

Go Vols! Beat the Wildcats!!!

Ironcity writes:

in response to UTVolWarrior98:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

Settle down! Dooleys gone. Who on the team is crying about Dooley leaving? As for Chaney he has his right to the opinion he holds. In fact I would be disappointed in the OC if he didn't support his head coach.

JDX47 writes:

What struck me about the article is how cavalier the players seem about the firing. It seems like they are saying..."ehhh, no big deal that coach was let go, just moving on." UT VOL Warrior, what are you reading that makes you feel the players give two craps? Richardson even said no big deal, just ended with he liked him personally.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to wigmeister:

He does have a winning record!!!!!

He won't coach a team until someone else builds it for him.

Mikeah writes:

in response to UTVolWarrior98:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

In response to this classless post! Thank God most certainly not all but most of the bad posters on this blog are not Tennessee Alumni, and most probably never set foot in a class room on campus. The comments I have read give a new meaning to the phrase “White Trash”. I agree Coach Dooley had to go, but we should all have respect for his wife and children and the job he tried to do. The comments about Coach Majors and Coach Fulmer are just simply trashy. I remember from my days in school there is a certain element of Tennessee fans, and some students unfortunately that just have no class. I was in a Fraternity and thought/think Fraternity members showed a little more sensitivity but certainly not always. Please try to show more class then we have in the past when making comments about disagreeing with decision made.
It is ok to disagree with the coaching style or decisions made but have enough class to not insult the man. These kinds of comments really make us all look bad. No matter who Mr. Hart hires some folks will not be happy. Thankfully he is not considering outside opinions on his decision. IMO we don’t need Mr. Gruden,(no college head coaching experience) we need a younger head coach with a proven winning record on a big stage. Stoops would be great if we could get him or maybe even Jimbo Fisher. Be very interesting to see. Whoever we hire we will have for a while because we cannot afford another buy out in three years.

IndyVolFan writes:

in response to UTVolWarrior98:

Why are these players crying over that idiot? They act like God himself was fired and its the end of the world! Tell me Byron, what did Dooley say to you guys every Monday morning? There couldnt have been one word he said that was going to help make you successful on Saturday!! ...and please..Chaney..dont you dare say Dooley is "a good coach and that will always be the case." ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME? HES THE WORST DIV 1 COACH EVER....EVEEEEER!!

Chill, Dude. He's gone now. Try to show a little class. He tried and failed. One thing he did do well was preparing them for life after football. Calling him an idiot for trying is classless. Are you willing to say you've never failed at anything, especially a position with this pressure? I'll give you he was well compensated for the pressure and no, I didn't agree with the extension/raise. But should he say, "No I don't deserve an extension and raise yet?" I don't know anyone who would have turned that down. Blame that goofball, Hamilton.

Nobody else would come here when he was hired. People raise Cain about benching Bray, but then rail when a player checks out mentally and the coach leaves them in. He can't win there.

Feels pretty safe to sit behind your keyboard and an anonymous username and rant, doesn't it? Typical for this trash website. Chattanooga's paper has more depth on the Vols than this phooey.

Dave Burton
UT 89-91

bigdog660 writes:

While I thought Dooley should definitely go, I can't help but feel a little sorry for him, and wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors.

Whether you loved him or hated him, he probably did what he thought was best, and we need to respect that.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

Losing Coach Dooley is a sad thing. The numbers are what they are, and the domination by Vandy was a killer. I am sorry it happened.

Yeap ,i agree .

AllVol1 writes:

We need a coach with a good coaching pedigree...the son of a former SEC coach who won a national title...someone who was mentored by another national title coach...a guy who can--hold on just a second...(What?...He was?...He did?...Oh, I see)

Nevermind.

Rock85 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

Is Chaney going to have enough time to get a pair of orange pants made? It's obvious that he and Dooley don't wear the same size.

lol

Rock85 writes:

in response to IndyVolFan:

Chill, Dude. He's gone now. Try to show a little class. He tried and failed. One thing he did do well was preparing them for life after football. Calling him an idiot for trying is classless. Are you willing to say you've never failed at anything, especially a position with this pressure? I'll give you he was well compensated for the pressure and no, I didn't agree with the extension/raise. But should he say, "No I don't deserve an extension and raise yet?" I don't know anyone who would have turned that down. Blame that goofball, Hamilton.

Nobody else would come here when he was hired. People raise Cain about benching Bray, but then rail when a player checks out mentally and the coach leaves them in. He can't win there.

Feels pretty safe to sit behind your keyboard and an anonymous username and rant, doesn't it? Typical for this trash website. Chattanooga's paper has more depth on the Vols than this phooey.

Dave Burton
UT 89-91

Shane?

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

A message with regard to Vandy. Sure, they were a fairly decent team this year.

Having said that, back up to their schedule. Lost to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Did not have to play Alabama, LSU, and Texas A & M. That would have been 6 losses.

Tennessee? Admittedly, by season's end, the Vols were very much horrible on defense, and after the way the games ended with Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri, Tennessee had mailed in the rest of the season.........so losing to Vandy wasn't an earth shattering event.

Finally, Vanderbilt is crowing and puffing up....which is understandable for the 2nd time in 30 years. Therefore, give them their moment in the sun.........and although improved by their standards, they're hardly the SEC's cream of the crop.

Yes, coach Dooley's time had arrived. He didn't win as much as was necessary........however, for the classless idiots who made up screen names taunting him on this sorry website, we have long since identified who the kids, the childish trolls, and the whiny idiots have been and still are.

The Vols will be okay down the road. Can't say as much for the idiots.

You look like an idiot taking shots at a program that just ran UT off the field. There is no guarantee UT will improve anytime soon. When you leave this state UT is hardly a glamor school anymore. Sit home for the second straight year while Vandy goes Bowling again. Vandy has won twice over Ut and played overtime in the last 5 years with the Vols. And Vandy players NEVER act like premadonna idiots and get penalties for scoring TD's like Patterson has two straight games. Vandy wins with discipline, hard work and good fundamentals. Nice to see that still beats better talent with attitude issues. Vandy also plays in the toughest conference in America so their schedule is tough. By the way Vandy beat Ole Miss on the road who took LSU to the limit. I didnt see UT beat Texas A&M either. Rediculous point. But it is nice to see Vols fans now looking up at Vandy and trying to discredit them after outscoring UT by over 20 points the last two years comibined.

62vol writes:

in response to JDX47:

What struck me about the article is how cavalier the players seem about the firing. It seems like they are saying..."ehhh, no big deal that coach was let go, just moving on." UT VOL Warrior, what are you reading that makes you feel the players give two craps? Richardson even said no big deal, just ended with he liked him personally.

I re-read the article and noticed that the author did not state what question(s) were asked or how they were worded. It is hard to judge a reply without knowing what the question was. The press usually asks questions in a way to elicite emotional or contaversial answers and true to the article, they do not provide the exact wording that caused the reply. In my opinion, this is done to cause a stir and it usually works.

volfan1202 writes:

in response to steamboatticket#484773:

Losing Coach Dooley is a sad thing. The numbers are what they are, and the domination by Vandy was a killer. I am sorry it happened.

Not losing Dooley after last's year's Kentucky game was the sad thing.

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