On face, you can’t blame Derek Dooley for not wanting to be closely linked to Tennessee ’s lousy defense. It’s guilt by association.
But the buck stops with the bucks. When you’re getting paid so much ($2 million this year) and have a buyout ($5 million) that guarantees a financial soft landing if you get canned, you should be driving the bus, not throwing people under it.
Dooley’s reluctance to take ownership of UT’s historically bad defense (the Vols are on pace to set a school record for the most yardage and points allowed) is one of his most glaring flaws as a head coach. Rather than trying to distance himself from the problem, he should take full responsibility.
After the 38-35 loss at South Carolina last Saturday, Dooley raised some eyebrows when he said he had not spent any extra time with first-year defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri or the players despite such obvious problems on that side of the ball.
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