Derek Dooley suspends Omari Phillips indefinitely

Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Omari Phillips has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, coach Derek Dooley said Tuesday.

Phillips, who has not been seen in practice or games for at least several weeks, was previously said to be sitting out in order to focus on academics.

“He’s not with the team right now,” Dooley told GoVols247. “Omari’s sort of in a position in his life where things didn’t go his way, and he’s got to determine how to work his way out of it the right way, no matter where you are, and he’s not there yet.”

Phillips originally signed with Florida but was not admitted to the school. He signed with the Vols in July. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound defensive tackle from Venice, Fla., was ranked a four-star prospect by every major recruiting service.

He has played in only one game this season, and there were signs that he was displeased, especially Twitter.

He tweeted last week: “having regrets and knowing that your first decision was the best decision is probably the hardest thing to deal with #FLORIDA.”

He also tweeted that “every team in Florida” was playing freshmen and “shoutout to all the #truefreshman ballin on da field.”

When someone responded with a taunt about his weight, Phillips replied that he had dropped 42 pounds and was now under 300.

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

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Hacker38 writes:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

JDX47 writes:

I heard that he told Sal that his defensive acumen is lower than a snake's armpit so they let him go.

vfl76 writes:

CDD found out that he could out run our corners, wait, even my grandmother can out run the corners, maybe that wasn't it.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to JDX47:

I heard that he told Sal that his defensive acumen is lower than a snake's armpit so they let him go.

Guess he never heard the saying..."The truth shall set you free".

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

No Team Discipline????

Really???? Why don't you cite some recent examples for us, numnutts?

JDX47 writes:

I also heard that he was a huge proponent of staying within 10 yards of your assignment and wrapping up on every play...clearly he wouldn't fit into our scheme.

MikeTheTiger writes:

never even heard of him.

LovinMyVols writes:

"All my dreams are up in smoke"

Patterson84 writes:

Who??

smokysbark writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

I'm certainly not a Dooley supporter but I can't agree with you on this one. This kind of punishment is exactly how you develop team discipline.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

Then why was he suspended indefinitely?

UTVOL2001 writes:

Opening for another scholarship! Sounds good to me!

CrankE writes:

Uh-oh. The infamous "Unspecified Violation Of Team Rules."

Ceramic Orange Dog bites man! Let the speculation begin.

Cousin_Eddie writes:

He was tweeting last week about how he should have stayed in Florida. It probably had something to do with that. Or he's already flunking out of school. He's the guy that UF wouldn't enroll after the NCAA cleared him.

ChattaVol1 writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

Message - F
Spelling - F-

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to ChattaVol1:

Message - F
Spelling - F-

LOL

Pullingguard writes:

in response to JDX47:

I heard that he told Sal that his defensive acumen is lower than a snake's armpit so they let him go.

Why dismiss someone for telling the truth? Dooley should have been telling Sal this instead of Phillips...

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Dooley brings all the bearing to the role of Head Coach of a spoiled, petulant little boy. And that is much of what he has recruited: spoiled jerks who cannot play by the rules. This is not just UT with this problem, but UT has more of it than most since Phillip Fulmer was fired.

Dooley is two steps down from Fulmer. (Kiffen was.) Dooley is in over his head. He:

1. Yells at assistants and coaches alike, on the field, in front of thousands addicted to the pain that is now UT Football. (Obviously he does not care if players respect coaches he has just belittled in front of all possible publics. Great payoff for THAT kind of stupidity.)

2. He allows more shenanigans than Phillip Fulmer's teams EVER committed; the only difference is NOW, the Athletics Director throws sand on the manure, rather than leak it to the media, as Mike Hamilton did to undermine Fulmer, and his staff and teams.

3. Dooley does NOT have the commanding presence of a head coach; he sounds, looks and acts like he is carping at his players, or coaches, in practice and on the field.

4. Dooley does not handle the media well, except in Knoxville, where he is served lobs, instead of aces. Fact is, Dooley rubs fans and other friendlies the wrong way in the Big Orange Caravan stops---of which there have been fewer, or less gravitas, since Dooley showed. (Dooley has been infighting with more than a few Memphis fans, because Dooley cannot seem to get the best players to Knoxville. Instead, he takes 2-stars because he has been unable to get the tops every year of his tenure at UT. (This year maybe, if he can qualify, UT will get a 3-star.) Otherwise, players have headed for other schools in greater numbers than ever before---to the consternation of UT alums there, who are told by h.s. stars, coaches and media that Dooley and his staff are not really putting any effort into Memphis.

5. Dooley was given a "you get $$$5-MILLION-DOLLARS-IF-U-FAIL" contract, so there is no real pressure for him to succeed. (Another Hamilton, Haslam and Board of Trustees screw-up---acting as if The University of Tennessee was such a cess pool that a good coach would not come.) They could have gotten John Chavis, and even if he had failed; he would have been UT-loyal, and in the same amount of time would have had just as good a recruiting roster.

How come nobody in the State Legislature is looking at the fiasco being called an Athletics Department at UT. One-Half a BILLION DOLLAR$$$$ each decade is being spent there, and look at the sanctions, legal troubles and revolving door of coaches.

When is somebody in authority, put in authority by the people of Tennessee, going to look around the living room and say, publicly, "Where the hell did this elephant in the living room come from? Who led it into here. Who is going to clean up the elephant manure that is up to our chins? And how come we are so late admitting it is OUT OF CONTROL???

Clarkrm0706 writes:

Did you just compare smoking pot to armed robbery?

Vol1968 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Dooley brings all the bearing to the role of Head Coach of a spoiled, petulant little boy. And that is much of what he has recruited: spoiled jerks who cannot play by the rules. This is not just UT with this problem, but UT has more of it than most since Phillip Fulmer was fired.

Dooley is two steps down from Fulmer. (Kiffen was.) Dooley is in over his head. He:

1. Yells at assistants and coaches alike, on the field, in front of thousands addicted to the pain that is now UT Football. (Obviously he does not care if players respect coaches he has just belittled in front of all possible publics. Great payoff for THAT kind of stupidity.)

2. He allows more shenanigans than Phillip Fulmer's teams EVER committed; the only difference is NOW, the Athletics Director throws sand on the manure, rather than leak it to the media, as Mike Hamilton did to undermine Fulmer, and his staff and teams.

3. Dooley does NOT have the commanding presence of a head coach; he sounds, looks and acts like he is carping at his players, or coaches, in practice and on the field.

4. Dooley does not handle the media well, except in Knoxville, where he is served lobs, instead of aces. Fact is, Dooley rubs fans and other friendlies the wrong way in the Big Orange Caravan stops---of which there have been fewer, or less gravitas, since Dooley showed. (Dooley has been infighting with more than a few Memphis fans, because Dooley cannot seem to get the best players to Knoxville. Instead, he takes 2-stars because he has been unable to get the tops every year of his tenure at UT. (This year maybe, if he can qualify, UT will get a 3-star.) Otherwise, players have headed for other schools in greater numbers than ever before---to the consternation of UT alums there, who are told by h.s. stars, coaches and media that Dooley and his staff are not really putting any effort into Memphis.

5. Dooley was given a "you get $$$5-MILLION-DOLLARS-IF-U-FAIL" contract, so there is no real pressure for him to succeed. (Another Hamilton, Haslam and Board of Trustees screw-up---acting as if The University of Tennessee was such a cess pool that a good coach would not come.) They could have gotten John Chavis, and even if he had failed; he would have been UT-loyal, and in the same amount of time would have had just as good a recruiting roster.

How come nobody in the State Legislature is looking at the fiasco being called an Athletics Department at UT. One-Half a BILLION DOLLAR$$$$ each decade is being spent there, and look at the sanctions, legal troubles and revolving door of coaches.

When is somebody in authority, put in authority by the people of Tennessee, going to look around the living room and say, publicly, "Where the hell did this elephant in the living room come from? Who led it into here. Who is going to clean up the elephant manure that is up to our chins? And how come we are so late admitting it is OUT OF CONTROL???

He is over and above the last two coaches!!!

signalcorps writes:

to little to late

CoverOrange writes:

Omari (Dante) Philips' violation of team rules could simply have been skipping classes. Since he was probably already failing, seemed useless to go.

Just because UT allows room for all comers doesn't meant they get out of doing the work.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Dooley brings all the bearing to the role of Head Coach of a spoiled, petulant little boy. And that is much of what he has recruited: spoiled jerks who cannot play by the rules. This is not just UT with this problem, but UT has more of it than most since Phillip Fulmer was fired.

Dooley is two steps down from Fulmer. (Kiffen was.) Dooley is in over his head. He:

1. Yells at assistants and coaches alike, on the field, in front of thousands addicted to the pain that is now UT Football. (Obviously he does not care if players respect coaches he has just belittled in front of all possible publics. Great payoff for THAT kind of stupidity.)

2. He allows more shenanigans than Phillip Fulmer's teams EVER committed; the only difference is NOW, the Athletics Director throws sand on the manure, rather than leak it to the media, as Mike Hamilton did to undermine Fulmer, and his staff and teams.

3. Dooley does NOT have the commanding presence of a head coach; he sounds, looks and acts like he is carping at his players, or coaches, in practice and on the field.

4. Dooley does not handle the media well, except in Knoxville, where he is served lobs, instead of aces. Fact is, Dooley rubs fans and other friendlies the wrong way in the Big Orange Caravan stops---of which there have been fewer, or less gravitas, since Dooley showed. (Dooley has been infighting with more than a few Memphis fans, because Dooley cannot seem to get the best players to Knoxville. Instead, he takes 2-stars because he has been unable to get the tops every year of his tenure at UT. (This year maybe, if he can qualify, UT will get a 3-star.) Otherwise, players have headed for other schools in greater numbers than ever before---to the consternation of UT alums there, who are told by h.s. stars, coaches and media that Dooley and his staff are not really putting any effort into Memphis.

5. Dooley was given a "you get $$$5-MILLION-DOLLARS-IF-U-FAIL" contract, so there is no real pressure for him to succeed. (Another Hamilton, Haslam and Board of Trustees screw-up---acting as if The University of Tennessee was such a cess pool that a good coach would not come.) They could have gotten John Chavis, and even if he had failed; he would have been UT-loyal, and in the same amount of time would have had just as good a recruiting roster.

How come nobody in the State Legislature is looking at the fiasco being called an Athletics Department at UT. One-Half a BILLION DOLLAR$$$$ each decade is being spent there, and look at the sanctions, legal troubles and revolving door of coaches.

When is somebody in authority, put in authority by the people of Tennessee, going to look around the living room and say, publicly, "Where the hell did this elephant in the living room come from? Who led it into here. Who is going to clean up the elephant manure that is up to our chins? And how come we are so late admitting it is OUT OF CONTROL???

Didn't read all that but what I skimmed appeared to be unsubstantiated assertions or subjective opinions. You're not persuading anyone with that.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

^^^^No education.

GerryOP writes:

The posts on this thread point out the basic problem with much of the Vol fan base. A total lack of character and class. One reason that I hope Dooley succeeds at UT is to watch you clowns step all over each other telling everyone how your negativity and insults were really the stimuli that led Dooley to excel ... as you scramble for a seat on the bandwagon.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Dooley brings all the bearing to the role of Head Coach of a spoiled, petulant little boy. And that is much of what he has recruited: spoiled jerks who cannot play by the rules. This is not just UT with this problem, but UT has more of it than most since Phillip Fulmer was fired.

Dooley is two steps down from Fulmer. (Kiffen was.) Dooley is in over his head. He:

1. Yells at assistants and coaches alike, on the field, in front of thousands addicted to the pain that is now UT Football. (Obviously he does not care if players respect coaches he has just belittled in front of all possible publics. Great payoff for THAT kind of stupidity.)

2. He allows more shenanigans than Phillip Fulmer's teams EVER committed; the only difference is NOW, the Athletics Director throws sand on the manure, rather than leak it to the media, as Mike Hamilton did to undermine Fulmer, and his staff and teams.

3. Dooley does NOT have the commanding presence of a head coach; he sounds, looks and acts like he is carping at his players, or coaches, in practice and on the field.

4. Dooley does not handle the media well, except in Knoxville, where he is served lobs, instead of aces. Fact is, Dooley rubs fans and other friendlies the wrong way in the Big Orange Caravan stops---of which there have been fewer, or less gravitas, since Dooley showed. (Dooley has been infighting with more than a few Memphis fans, because Dooley cannot seem to get the best players to Knoxville. Instead, he takes 2-stars because he has been unable to get the tops every year of his tenure at UT. (This year maybe, if he can qualify, UT will get a 3-star.) Otherwise, players have headed for other schools in greater numbers than ever before---to the consternation of UT alums there, who are told by h.s. stars, coaches and media that Dooley and his staff are not really putting any effort into Memphis.

5. Dooley was given a "you get $$$5-MILLION-DOLLARS-IF-U-FAIL" contract, so there is no real pressure for him to succeed. (Another Hamilton, Haslam and Board of Trustees screw-up---acting as if The University of Tennessee was such a cess pool that a good coach would not come.) They could have gotten John Chavis, and even if he had failed; he would have been UT-loyal, and in the same amount of time would have had just as good a recruiting roster.

How come nobody in the State Legislature is looking at the fiasco being called an Athletics Department at UT. One-Half a BILLION DOLLAR$$$$ each decade is being spent there, and look at the sanctions, legal troubles and revolving door of coaches.

When is somebody in authority, put in authority by the people of Tennessee, going to look around the living room and say, publicly, "Where the hell did this elephant in the living room come from? Who led it into here. Who is going to clean up the elephant manure that is up to our chins? And how come we are so late admitting it is OUT OF CONTROL???

Well… sounds like you got it all figured out. I’m surprised UT and/or the State Legislature hasn’t called you for advice.

Hmmmmmm… what a mystery.

GerryOP writes:

in response to signalcorps:

to little to late

When you go into school tomorrow, ask your 5th grade English teacher about the difference between "to" and "too."

oldvolsfan writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

looks to me like there is disipline or he would not be suppened jus saying

ACWLY writes:

I commend Dooley, only right thing to do!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Hacker38:

Another one Bits the Dust !!!..

No Team Disipline....

Freddy Mercury could at least spell "Bites", DA.

signalcorps writes:

in response to GerryOP:

When you go into school tomorrow, ask your 5th grade English teacher about the difference between "to" and "too."

get over (yourself)spinner take that phooey to espn that little boy talk works on kids

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

This is the SAME kid that floriDUHHHH refused to let on their team because they thought he would flunk out.

CDD gave the kid a chance to get in school and on the team to let the kid PROVE if he has what it takes or not.

After he tweeted that he wished he'd stayed in floriDUGGG the rumor was that he was homesick or he couldn't keep his grades up.

many kids get homesick and miss their mommy as Freshmen and sometimes just can NOT handle serious competition.

I won't be surprised if he ends up a JUCO player somewhere next year IF, IF, IF he can get his grades up good enough to make it into a JUCO school.

100% of ALL college football programs have some problem kids but CDD has done an excellent job of keeping more UT kids out of trouble and recruiting good kids that will keep their grades up so they can STAY ON the team.

CDD haters are mostly ignorant about college football as well as totally classless.

VFL...GBO!!!

volfast40time writes:

this does not help our depth much

volfast40time writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

This is the SAME kid that floriDUHHHH refused to let on their team because they thought he would flunk out.

CDD gave the kid a chance to get in school and on the team to let the kid PROVE if he has what it takes or not.

After he tweeted that he wished he'd stayed in floriDUGGG the rumor was that he was homesick or he couldn't keep his grades up.

many kids get homesick and miss their mommy as Freshmen and sometimes just can NOT handle serious competition.

I won't be surprised if he ends up a JUCO player somewhere next year IF, IF, IF he can get his grades up good enough to make it into a JUCO school.

100% of ALL college football programs have some problem kids but CDD has done an excellent job of keeping more UT kids out of trouble and recruiting good kids that will keep their grades up so they can STAY ON the team.

CDD haters are mostly ignorant about college football as well as totally classless.

VFL...GBO!!!

he cannot win in the sec, this situation has nothing to do with why i want a new coach

GerryOP writes:

in response to signalcorps:

get over (yourself)spinner take that phooey to espn that little boy talk works on kids

Well kid, while you're talking to your English teacher you might also ask about proper sentence punctuation and capitalization.

volfast40time writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I agree, I could probably take ut's 2nd string against dooley in a game and dominate him with nothing but better play calling and decision making.

signalcorps writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Freddy Mercury could at least spell "Bites", DA.

you writers think you own this site only thing you can do in life is spell your to weak for our military's no way you could be a policeman no way you would ever become a fireman,,only thing you can do is talk like the coward's you are .....nothing but love for you

signalcorps writes:

two need to be sent home from this team this kid and derrick dooley...

jobrando#216494 writes:

Welcome to Dool's bootcamp. Tough love coach.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to signalcorps:

you writers think you own this site only thing you can do in life is spell your to weak for our military's no way you could be a policeman no way you would ever become a fireman,,only thing you can do is talk like the coward's you are .....nothing but love for you

That's a laugh..Retired L/E and 1st Sergeant from the United States Army..And you??

exlineman writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Welcome to Dool's bootcamp. Tough love coach.

What time today is Coach Dooley being replaced according to your comments previously? Book it.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

And, he was a 4**** player out of Florida!!!

Have you ever wondered why you hear about so many 4****, and 5***** players washing out?

But yet everyone cries you have to have them.

jt45 writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Coaches make more money, especially in Division 1 football. Lawyers dont get paid very often when they lose. Seems like he made the right financial choice and you might be right about the (wasn,t good at part).

ashvol7 writes:

I paid alot of money for a granddaughter to attend school there, we also live in NC and had to pay out of state fees. She graduated in May with honors and a double major. She also was a member of the Pride for three years, she got very little scholarship help. Some of these athletes are going free and don't care. You are right about someone needing to look into what is going on at UT. I sure could have used some of Fulmers 6 million or Dooleys buyout. UT was the only school she wanted to attend, she attended her first football game at age three and I brought her to every game until she started schhool there. This whole money thing at UT really upsets me.

SevenT writes:

Dooley is one of the up and coming young Coaches in the SEC. I would not be a bit surprised to see him hired away by Alabama, LSU or Florida. Tennessee had better give him a big contract extension ASAP or he will leave Knox County.

Just Saying

John_10065 writes:

I am kind of sick of all the whining on this site about Dooley on every sports story. They don't even have to be about football or even a men's sport for the fire Dooley crowd!

I have to admit, it's hard to keep cheering and my balloon was burst with the UK loss last year. But at least I am not out here calling for his head with every post and frankly I am sick of all the sports writers and "faithful" here that do it.

I have a perfect business opprotunity for you malcontents. Step up and let's see you put your money where your mouth is at. If you think that the Vol Nation as a whole wants to fire Dooley then let the fans show it and you can make a small fortune in the meantime.

I remember in 1980 when Buddy Diliberto suggested that in honor of the "aints" the fans should wear a paper bag over their heads. If you clowns are so pissed off, so sure that the fan base feels the same, so confident that your dismay over Dooley carries over to the loyal in the stands then sell some orange paper bags on game day and let's see how many will buy them.

Make a statement yahoos. Here's a decent spot you can buy them at:

http://www.papermart.com/Product%20Pa...

Millisa writes:

Fire Dooley NOW

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Stoner? Personaly I don't see anything wrong with it except on gameday, slows you down. Oh...,

LovinMyVols writes:

I attended my first UT football game in 1968. Weekend before last, I saw the Tide play in Neyland for the 11th time. Never have I been so incensed about hearing "Roll Tide" resound off those hollowed walls. I will be there this Sat to watch my alma mater on homecoming. I love my Vols. However, I too have concerns about the money. I believe that it is first the Chancellor's job, then the President's, and finally the board of trustees responsibility to oversee the financial affairs of the athletic department. In this, I believe that they have failed. It is so easy for them to approve 12% tuition increases and then turn around and pay millions in buy outs. Somehow the priorities have gotten screwed up. Not to mention the UT athletic department operating in the red? Seriously?

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to SevenT:

Dooley is one of the up and coming young Coaches in the SEC. I would not be a bit surprised to see him hired away by Alabama, LSU or Florida. Tennessee had better give him a big contract extension ASAP or he will leave Knox County.

Just Saying

You funny guy!

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