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VOLHbomb writes:

Is this really the best question to ask. Why not, who can we realistically get for a new head coach?

TKO writes:

Really?

GloryDays writes:

The offense played well. The OL dominated South Carolina's "great" DL. Hunter caught everything. A lot of postives on offense but Sal Suneri's defense stinks! Pathetic defense. Send Sal back to alabama. This colwnfrom Alabama is ruining Tennessee football.

jjvols writes:

Who writes these questions? West View Elementary School? What do you think? 0-14 against ranked teams, 14-19 at Tennessee and I forgot the feeling of going to a meaningful bowl, the people of Vol Nation have spoken, NO

volinlm writes:

in response to GloryDays:

The offense played well. The OL dominated South Carolina's "great" DL. Hunter caught everything. A lot of postives on offense but Sal Suneri's defense stinks! Pathetic defense. Send Sal back to alabama. This colwnfrom Alabama is ruining Tennessee football.

The run defense has definitely improved. The pass defense is generally horrible!

mithomas writes:

Agreed. Coaching change will set us back 2-3 years. We are close. Sure the defense backfield is giving up big plays and can't tackle but I have to believe that they will get better and next season could be a lot of fun. Between the self inflicting wounds and the breaks that never seem to go our way it is really frustrating.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Press conference Monday, book it.

Vol1983 writes:

The facts show quite simply that Dooley is a loser. That is true for Louisiana Tech and for Tennessee. If any of you geniuses can dispute these facts, I would be overjoyed to see your facts.

Vol1983 writes:

Quote from General Robert Neyland:

"To defeat a weak opponent is not the problem: The problem is to win when he is as good or better than you"

DalTexVol writes:

in response to VOLHbomb:

Is this really the best question to ask. Why not, who can we realistically get for a new head coach?

I don't know why any head coach would come to Knoxville. You're not going to be given time to turn it around and the village idiots are only in love with former coaches who are on TV.

DalTexVol writes:

in response to powerTbaby:

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So you disagree with a guy and just decide to insult him instead. Typical.

tenndave writes:

Here is the hard truth of this situation.
1. The AD needs to make a decision now and make it public. Dooley is done at the end of the season or Dooley is our man regardless. They do not need to pull a Bruce Pearl and keep saying he is our man and then pull the rug out at the last minute. Recruits need to know who the new coaches are next year by Thanksgiving or know now the coaches are the same.
2. If you are going to fire the coaches, you must raise ticket prices to afford the payout or have some deep pocket boosters who know that even though they can afford it, we will be 3 years away from success, unless they could talke Saban into coming or Peyton into retiring with Al Wilson agreeing to be an assistant.
The defensve backs have the worst cover schemes I have ever seen in my 52 years of following TN. Every quarterback is NFL quality against us.
Frustration University!

jjvols writes:

You have to be kidding me! A new coach will set us back? Are you sure you aren't watching the games from the late 90's and early 00's?

nmtitan1 writes:

It's pathetic how 90% of the Tennessee fans are so inept and think that by firing Dooley and destroying the past 3 years and starting all over again is going to have any positive effect at all. MORONS! Everyone seems to think that Tennessee can hire a big name, wrong! All these people think they know more than the Athletic Department and are stupid. They need to go be one of these Bama bandwagon fans and I will proudly root on Dooley and the Vols....everyone else, Shut The Hell Up!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Sadly I just knew something bad was gonna happen on that last drive; especially when Chaney came out throwing the ball everywhere..You really can't just throw that much and not expect to turn the ball over.. 1st down on the 20/ 3 TOs left..You can't take a shot at breaking a run on a draw play especially when your in FG range??Just plain stupid!! If the secondary makes just a couple plays; gets a stop;God forbid gets a Int. and we get the win

volipop3#328757 writes:

Tennessee's five losses the opponents have a 35 and 3 record and are all in the top 15. People are drunk with stupidity if they think we're top 15 yet. All we need is 3 db's and a running back and we are. Go ahead and fire him though and we start over again.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

By last drive I don't mean the desperation 36 second drive to end the game

bigwhite12 writes:

I will say this: This year with the receiving corps and yes, even Bray, our talent level hasnt been higher in years. This was NOT the year to introduce a new defensive scheme. This was NOT the year to take the foot off the gas when trailing just to stay "safe" as Ive seen Dooley do in so many games. The biggest "hurt" TN fans feel is because this was supposed to be the year we showed the biggest turnaround in recent Vol history. Chances are now we lose Bray,(and yes he is NFL worthy haters) Patterson, Hunter, etc. Then we start with either Backups, Red Shirt Freshman, or True Freshman. This was the year to PROVE why TN is still a powerhouse. The record of Dooley speaks for itself. Tennessee has faced tough growing pains before, but never, I repeat NEVER this bad. Next year will be worse if we keep this staff. I promise you.

bvol1inSC writes:

Not that it would've changed the outcome of the game, but yet AGAIN, at the end of the game, Dooley blew an opportunity to get at least 3-4 more plays for the offense by not being aware of the situation (SC QB Shaw stepped out, ref missed it, Dooley didn't challenge it, and had to call our last timeout). He's simply in over his head...drowning himself and the U.T. FB program at the same time.

tensie2004 writes:

in response to DalTexVol:

I don't know why any head coach would come to Knoxville. You're not going to be given time to turn it around and the village idiots are only in love with former coaches who are on TV.

Four to five million dollars might make many people thing twice. You are not going to get a good coach with a proven record for under 4 million dollars. Just my opinion.

tnsportsman writes:

HART, call the presser Monday, Fire Dooley and have Jon Gruden or Booby Petrino HIRED! THIS HAS TO END NOW! PS: don't let Sunseri back on the campus send him packing from SC!

GO VOLS, VFL!

Vol1983 writes:

in response to nmtitan1:

It's pathetic how 90% of the Tennessee fans are so inept and think that by firing Dooley and destroying the past 3 years and starting all over again is going to have any positive effect at all. MORONS! Everyone seems to think that Tennessee can hire a big name, wrong! All these people think they know more than the Athletic Department and are stupid. They need to go be one of these Bama bandwagon fans and I will proudly root on Dooley and the Vols....everyone else, Shut The Hell Up!

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."

joevol33 writes:

I just wonder how the folk's who keep saying we are improving every year under dooley explain how 0-5 3 yr's in a row is improvement? No moral victory or close game phooey, they can't win record proves it? why? coaching.

JonGrudensAgent writes:

The money men running the show will answer this question soon enough.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I can't say CDD and staff are doing a great job, especially when I see our last time out used on a play the opposition stepped out of bounds on and stopped the clock. Not to mention the disorganized defense almost on every series, poor tackling and missed assignments..Other than that it's solid.

bechtudo writes:

We don't need a new coach. This would start the rebuilding again and we loose another couple years. If we get the right new guys for our defense we will compete for the east title next year with coach Dooley and the current staff.

Volalumnus writes:

I think the rock has already spoken on that.

killervol69 writes:

We need a new defensive coaching unit, a new strength coach, and a new offensive coordinator at the minimum.

tensie2004 writes:

If he was a public school teacher, with the results he has obtained the last three years, would your board of education say lets give him one more year. I believe you know the answer.

tovolny writes:

KEEP COACH DOOLEY...KEEP COACH DOOLEY...KEEP COACH DOOLEY. We are a lot closer than our record shows. I have never seen a coach or a team have so much bad luck. If Hart is thinking of the success of the team in the near future, he will opt to keep Dooley. From my view point, Hart has an ego problem. Seems to me he is HART first and UT Sports second. Before Hart came along, the talk on the street was that Tennessee had the best facilities in college football. But now Hart likes to complain about the financial decline and the below par situation of the Athletic Department.
Hart scares me to death with his whining and his handling of the Lady Vol side of UT Sports. His remarks of late are negative hearsay for recruiting. I just don't like the idea of having such a powerful position with no previous ties to UT.

KEEP DOOLEY and send Hart back to somewhere along the Atlantic Seaboard...that's my suggestion.

Besides, who in the world would we want as coach? (A) Charley Weis - NOT. (B) Bring Cut back...not very loyal to Vols (remember the '98 NC game) – NOT. (C) Gruden (?)...this Chucky Doll look-a-like is not a coach. I know I turn the volume off Monday Night Football. (D) Skip Holtz - hope not. (E) What's-his-name that coaches the Detroit Lions....aahhh maybe. (F) Wait until Peyton is ready...now I am beginning to warm up. (G) Dooley will be a good coach somewhere, sometime – if we keep him around a little longer, he will succeed at UT. This would make Dooley very loyal to the Vols when Georgia, Alabama, LSU, and Florida start looking for coaches when theirs move to the NFL.

For GOODNESS SAKE, KEEP COACH DOOLEY.

Volalumnus writes:

Why doesn't VOLS deserve a real coach and has to settle for a lawyer?
Ask LaTech If they want Dooley back

Bodecker writes:

Yes, he runs a clean, losing program.

cgdmoats#408940 writes:

Anyone who has evcr worn Crimson should be fired
from this staff (also anyone who ever coached under Little Nick.0

vq4nfo writes:

Auburn and Arkansas will be looking for a new coach. Who are you going to hire, being realistic, that wants to put up with UT's so called Vol fans, knowing that you only have 2-3 years before you better win against the SEC elite?

Best thing Hart can do is fire the DC and bring in someone with true DC experience. If UT had a good defense this year there would be no polls like this one. IMO I think Hart had a lot to do with bringing in this DC from Alabama.

cyclonevol87 writes:

in response to mithomas:

Agreed. Coaching change will set us back 2-3 years. We are close. Sure the defense backfield is giving up big plays and can't tackle but I have to believe that they will get better and next season could be a lot of fun. Between the self inflicting wounds and the breaks that never seem to go our way it is really frustrating.

How do u figure that it will set us back 2 to 3 years look at Michigan,UCLA,Ohio State,TX A@M you can win right away with the right coach.

hueypilot writes:

You remember what Babe Ruth said when told he made more than the President of the United States. "I had a better year than he did." Well,. Dooley makes more than Obama but I'm not sure he's had a better year. They've both pretty much sucked.

signalcorps writes:

in response to JonGrudensAgent:

The money men running the show will answer this question soon enough.

it's only one gruden , heck they got their own problems right now,,,,how that old song go's it takes two babeeee it takes two to make the world go round,,how true

cyclonevol87 writes:

in response to nmtitan1:

It's pathetic how 90% of the Tennessee fans are so inept and think that by firing Dooley and destroying the past 3 years and starting all over again is going to have any positive effect at all. MORONS! Everyone seems to think that Tennessee can hire a big name, wrong! All these people think they know more than the Athletic Department and are stupid. They need to go be one of these Bama bandwagon fans and I will proudly root on Dooley and the Vols....everyone else, Shut The Hell Up!

The only moron is you,Only winning 1 SEC game out of his last 12 give me a break.Sorry but I dont like losing so u shut the HELL UP LOSER!!!

pcshowtime writes:

Dooley switched to the 3-4 and cost these kids that suffered through his BS for 2 years there season.

Bray and Co. have to play either behind or knowing no lead is safe. The 3-4 is awful ask GA they are in their 3rd year of the 3-4. I know Bama guess what there kids ride the bench and have 2 yrs to learn the 3-4. Besides 4 out of the top 5 college defenses still run a 4-3.

If we would not have switched chances are we are 7-1 and leading the sec East. Dooley deserves to be fired for this

BruisedOrange writes:

Here's why THIS person voted yes:

We're in a unique era. Never in the history of college football has one conference fielded so many Top-10 quality teams, year after year. And we're trying to rebuild our program from the bottom while competing against elite neighbors on the field and for recruits.

If this was the late 1960s, it'd be like sharing the conference with Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Ohio State and Michigan!

We're attempting this rebuild when the NCAA has severely limited practice time--even as each week we must prepare for the most complicated pro-level offenses ever run in college. We used to look at the schedule and could mark it down--3 triple option teams, 2 veer, and 5 vanilla. Most positions had only 2 or 3 reads they'd need to make on Saturday.

Thinking realistically, how would our 1998 National Championship team do against the teams on our schedule this year? The scores would certainly be closer, but how many "sure" wins? With the same number of bad breaks and injuries this team has suffered, in 2012 the 1998 team could easily lose 3 or 4 conference games. Remember, our best years were when the rest of the SEC was down, often with only us and Florida in the Top-10.

Everybody knows the 3-4 defense takes 2-3 years to nail down. But strategically it's the best way for Tennessee to go. The athletes in shortest supply nationwide are defensive down linemen. Running a 4-3 we'd need 8 exceptional ones each year, recruiting them from other states where there are elite programs already established. Much easier to sign a few exceptional linebackers who can play more downs without a rest than it is to land a half-dozen top DEs and DTs each year.

So don't whine "fire Dooley" at me until you show you can replace him with (1) a proven coach who (2) repeatedly puts his team in the Top 10 nationally--AND (3) who's achieving that success WITHOUT a home recruiting base! Because that's what success at Tennessee in this era requires. The chances of BUYing that today are slim and chancy--we just have to suck it up and BUILD it!

And anyone who's still crying "hire Gruden" needs to tell me how long it's been since he recruited high school players' parents. Do you picture Gruden across a living room from a poor mother, assuring her, persuading her, earning her trust? MAYBE ole Chucky's got it in him. But that's far more of a gamble than Dooley ever was.

So until someone shows me a realistic candidate, a proven coach whose value will outweigh the damage another coaching change will INEVITABLY do to recruiting and our program's reputation for awhile... I'm voting YES to keep the coach who has already rebuilt our offensive line to championship caliber, and who's earning our once-dead program serious attention from top recruits.

Is it going slower than we all want? Of course! But this is a unique time and place for college football.

overthetop writes:

I watched Dooley on the sidelines today. No up, no down, just nothing really.Kinda like a card board cut out on crutches. And as far as his staff, it's just weird to watch. That goofey special teams coach and his clip board may be the hardest to watch. He got knocked down today after a sidelines play, but by golly he never lost his grip on that silly clip board. Must be some serious double, extra secret stuff on there. Or maybe it's his wife's list of things to pick up on the way home and he's bound and determined not to screw everything up today so he guards it with his life. He looks the part of someone trying to look like a football coach. And then there's Buddy Hackett. No point in going there. Bottom line is that it's a mess top to bottom. I always expect to be disapointed now. Always. When the going gets tough in the end now, this bunch always finds a way to blow the deal. Every single time. I sold cold drinks at the stadium when I was 12 years old and have been a life long fan. I remember to this day the excitement of knowing the Vols were going to pull it out somehow and the feeling the rest of the week how great it was to be part of all that. That never happens anymore. Ever. Is it coaching? How could it not be? I'll be a Vol fan for the rest of my life. I don't know how they're going to fix this mess. I just know it's not fun anymore and if something better comes along on a Saturday afternoon, I'm easily swayed. And as part of that, there are a thousand better ways to spend my hard earned money than to feed this wacked out program.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Auburn and Arkansas will be looking for a new coach. Who are you going to hire, being realistic, that wants to put up with UT's so called Vol fans, knowing that you only have 2-3 years before you better win against the SEC elite?

Best thing Hart can do is fire the DC and bring in someone with true DC experience. If UT had a good defense this year there would be no polls like this one. IMO I think Hart had a lot to do with bringing in this DC from Alabama.

I hope you are either the fan of another team or are being sarcastic.

Who hired Sal Sunseri? If it was Hart then he needs to be fired and Dooley needs to be fired for not going public with his AD hiring Sal Sunseri. Whoever it was robed these kids of a successful year by changing defensive schemes.

And when it comes to fans let tell you something no other pogrom in the SEC would tolerate the man coaching and going 0-12 against FL, GA, Bama, and SC. We are not in the ACC or the Big East. Dooley is not paid to beat Cincy and NC State.
If Les Miles or Muschamp of Mark Richt were to pull that 0-12 for the next 3 yrs. They would not make it to the end of yr 3 and unlike Dooley they have actually won before.

Volalumnus writes:

Has Dooley in three years had one win the fans can be proud of?
No, but he has given UT a lot of losses that are historical disappointments.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to BruisedOrange:

Here's why THIS person voted yes:

We're in a unique era. Never in the history of college football has one conference fielded so many Top-10 quality teams, year after year. And we're trying to rebuild our program from the bottom while competing against elite neighbors on the field and for recruits.

If this was the late 1960s, it'd be like sharing the conference with Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Ohio State and Michigan!

We're attempting this rebuild when the NCAA has severely limited practice time--even as each week we must prepare for the most complicated pro-level offenses ever run in college. We used to look at the schedule and could mark it down--3 triple option teams, 2 veer, and 5 vanilla. Most positions had only 2 or 3 reads they'd need to make on Saturday.

Thinking realistically, how would our 1998 National Championship team do against the teams on our schedule this year? The scores would certainly be closer, but how many "sure" wins? With the same number of bad breaks and injuries this team has suffered, in 2012 the 1998 team could easily lose 3 or 4 conference games. Remember, our best years were when the rest of the SEC was down, often with only us and Florida in the Top-10.

Everybody knows the 3-4 defense takes 2-3 years to nail down. But strategically it's the best way for Tennessee to go. The athletes in shortest supply nationwide are defensive down linemen. Running a 4-3 we'd need 8 exceptional ones each year, recruiting them from other states where there are elite programs already established. Much easier to sign a few exceptional linebackers who can play more downs without a rest than it is to land a half-dozen top DEs and DTs each year.

So don't whine "fire Dooley" at me until you show you can replace him with (1) a proven coach who (2) repeatedly puts his team in the Top 10 nationally--AND (3) who's achieving that success WITHOUT a home recruiting base! Because that's what success at Tennessee in this era requires. The chances of BUYing that today are slim and chancy--we just have to suck it up and BUILD it!

And anyone who's still crying "hire Gruden" needs to tell me how long it's been since he recruited high school players' parents. Do you picture Gruden across a living room from a poor mother, assuring her, persuading her, earning her trust? MAYBE ole Chucky's got it in him. But that's far more of a gamble than Dooley ever was.

So until someone shows me a realistic candidate, a proven coach whose value will outweigh the damage another coaching change will INEVITABLY do to recruiting and our program's reputation for awhile... I'm voting YES to keep the coach who has already rebuilt our offensive line to championship caliber, and who's earning our once-dead program serious attention from top recruits.

Is it going slower than we all want? Of course! But this is a unique time and place for college football.

your exactly right. I'm in..got to keep your chin up

vq4nfo writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

I hope you are either the fan of another team or are being sarcastic.

Who hired Sal Sunseri? If it was Hart then he needs to be fired and Dooley needs to be fired for not going public with his AD hiring Sal Sunseri. Whoever it was robed these kids of a successful year by changing defensive schemes.

And when it comes to fans let tell you something no other pogrom in the SEC would tolerate the man coaching and going 0-12 against FL, GA, Bama, and SC. We are not in the ACC or the Big East. Dooley is not paid to beat Cincy and NC State.
If Les Miles or Muschamp of Mark Richt were to pull that 0-12 for the next 3 yrs. They would not make it to the end of yr 3 and unlike Dooley they have actually won before.

Dooley was on the hot seat, reported by all the national press, before Hart arrived. CDD is not going to anounce that the decision to bring in Sal was Hart's. However, Hart is the AD and as such, has the ability to hire and fire anyone in the department. Do you think the Chancelor has any say?

Hart showed up and the next thing we knew we had a DC from Alabama with not one bit of head coordinator experience.

I went to LSU as an undergrad, and a few seasons ago Les Miles was on the hot seat just like CDD. The fans wanted him fired. Richt was in the same situation. Look at Meyers last season at Florida and Muschamp's first season. But like I said, at UT you had better win and win big your first 2-3 years or the fans will want you fired. Does not matter what kind of program you take over. Does not matter what kind of schedule you have either, you had better win.

Good luck getting a better coach to come into this environment.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Volalumnus:

Has Dooley in three years had one win the fans can be proud of?
No, but he has given UT a lot of losses that are historical disappointments.

Are you kidding me...It starts next week and continues through November.
VOLS 56 Troy 7
VOLS 48 Mizu 14
VOLS 35 Doores 31
VOLS 48 cats zero

Volalumnus writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Are you kidding me...It starts next week and continues through November.
VOLS 56 Troy 7
VOLS 48 Mizu 14
VOLS 35 Doores 31
VOLS 48 cats zero

Great sarcasm.
And what makes that funny is that someone will try to make that point from a serious point of view....and sad....

dvols writes:

all tn needs is a stud running back and at least an average defense and they only have 1 loss...

Dooley is not the problem, was not his fault that he was hired into a mess that "fans" do not understand...

just keep recruiting , looks to me like the players play for him and that should be good enough

Volalumnus writes:

Whether rumors are true or not, when enough get behind them, they can create reality.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to dvols:

all tn needs is a stud running back and at least an average defense and they only have 1 loss...

Dooley is not the problem, was not his fault that he was hired into a mess that "fans" do not understand...

just keep recruiting , looks to me like the players play for him and that should be good enough

Dooley is the problem besides that you post is 100% correct. We would be 6-1 but Dooley Changed defenses in yr 3.

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