Derek Dooley to offer recruiting commentary on ESPNU's National Signing Day coverage

In this archived photo, Derek Dooley waits in the tunnel to enter Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.

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In this archived photo, Derek Dooley waits in the tunnel to enter Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.

Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will be a guest analyst for ESPNU's coverage of National Signing Day, the network announced today.

Dooley will be paired with former Auburn coach Gene Chizik to talk about recruiting during daylong programming on the network.

Both Dooley and Chizik were fired in November after losing seasons at their schools.

A news release said the coaches would offer "insight into their experiences with (National Signing Day) and firsthand knowledge of what it's like to recruit in a conference that has nine schools ranked in the Top 20 class rankings."

Dooley, who received a $5 million buyout as part of his firing, was in Mobile this week for the Senior Bowl, leading to speculation that he might be seeking an NFL job. But many have suggested that his personality and wit make him an ideal candidate for television.

Dooley was 15-21 in three seasons at Tennessee.

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

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drone#208075 writes:

Now that's funny right there - I don't care who you are.........

OLROCKYTOP writes:

That should be some interesting television.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Has to be a Joke the Chizster and Dooleyicious on the same recruiting day show? This is hilarious! No disrespect meant to either but what does it say when you get guest analysts who were just fired from the job where they once recruited? Wow, I guess this should draw some more people into that show.... Has Coach Dooley already gone through the first installment of the 5 mill. he was paid to be let go?

BrassMonkey writes:

I can't stand that guy, never could.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

in response to drone#208075:

Now that's funny right there - I don't care who you are.........

Couldn't have said it any better....

voldog100 writes:

Wow amazing someone can have this bad of a record and be hired by ESPNU.Amazing the guy should of stayed a Lawer.Its amazing how he could get hired like that.I dont think the Bamboo Grew.

underthehill writes:

Somebody once said ..if you can't think of anythng nice to say..keep your mouth shut..I am going to follow that advice on this subject..no comment...

Voltman writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

I can't stand that guy, never could.

Which Is why I remember you always calling for his head even before this last season started. Its a shame the lack of respect some people had even when the season hadn't started for him.

RubyBegonia writes:

Is this the equivalent to millionaire welfare?

798orange writes:

Some other analyst should change the subject and ask him why we decided to not attempt to win the Missouri game in regulation after we already had over 500 yards in offense.

tennrich1 writes:

Coach Dooley get ready for the torchin!!!!

Big_Orange_Aide writes:

Can we get some of that buyout back since he has a temporary job?

drum45 writes:

Congrats Coach!

FWBVol writes:

in response to voldog100:

Wow amazing someone can have this bad of a record and be hired by ESPNU.Amazing the guy should of stayed a Lawer.Its amazing how he could get hired like that.I dont think the Bamboo Grew.

I he had a good record, he'd still be coaching and wouldn't need a temporary gig.

By the way, what's a "lawer?"

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to voldog100:

Wow amazing someone can have this bad of a record and be hired by ESPNU.Amazing the guy should of stayed a Lawer.Its amazing how he could get hired like that.I dont think the Bamboo Grew.

"Should of stayed a lawer."

Maybe should have stayed in the 3rd grade a little longer..............

Ayres_Hall writes:

I hope Derek gets Gary Danielson's job with the CBS College Football crew. He would be entertaining.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say chapter closed, over, done with, good luck Dooley, goodbye.
Bones never lie.

mtnbikrtn writes:

in response to voldog100:

Wow amazing someone can have this bad of a record and be hired by ESPNU.Amazing the guy should of stayed a Lawer.Its amazing how he could get hired like that.I dont think the Bamboo Grew.

Lee Corso is 73–85–6 as a college head coach.

Rumblefish writes:

Well...we can all admit Dooley was entertaining (in the beginning of his stint here) in his press conferences.

Then, as the losses piled up, he became frustrating.

KVCrockett writes:

This seems a little wierd, but I believe DD real expertize is talking.I think he will be a good common- tater! I hope I spelt that rite.

CrankE writes:

Ah...Derek Dooley. The Lennay Kekua of coaches.

StoneJackBaller writes:

I think he should go ahead and wear the red nose and rainbow colored hair during the show.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

I hope Derek gets Gary Danielson's job with the CBS College Football crew. He would be entertaining.

Ever noticed how most of them, Danielson in particular, are genuises once something has happened and they get a quick replay from the producer truck or when they look across the field before the camera does to see a coach about to take a timeout. Vern Lunquist probably is a very nice gentleman, but sometimes he appears to not have a clue about the sport and all he does is kiss Danielson's tailend whatever he says. It's easy to be an "expert" when you're a Monday morning quarterback.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Well...we can all admit Dooley was entertaining (in the beginning of his stint here) in his press conferences.

Then, as the losses piled up, he became frustrating.

Yes and the biggest mouth and joke is Dick Vitale. I turn the sound off when he has a game and ESPN loves him so much he gets all the good games. He is as bad or worse than Howard Cosell.

ivyvol writes:

Good for Dooley. Now they should add his mother and we could really have a good time.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to 45ReVOLver:

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Wait..........the resident troll has entered the building.

Listen troll, can we help it if you'll never see the 5 mil.........you know, the $$$$$$$$$
you and fellow bashers will never see.

Reload your cap gun...........

1voiceofreason writes:

Those that can't do, talk about doing.

easleychuck writes:

Will Chizik offer up his secret to buying a National Championship......give the Dad $150k and stay out of the way and let Malzahn coach the offense?

6futurevols writes:

DD: "Well, it looks like in the Eastern Division that Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Vandy all have solid recruting classes, and in the West that Bama, A&M, LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss all have some good looking kids coming in. UT is well behind all those teams in talent and will continue to fall further behind with this current group of commitments. It's a tough place to win, but if they keep watering the bamboo, all should be well."

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

CDD: Yeah, that's another guy we didn't get..

PabloMelton writes:

Maybe he will talk about how he failed to recruit anyone for UT after he knew his goose was cooked. Why UT has to give this guy a paycheck, when he failed to give any semblance of an honest effort to perform his duties is beyond comprehension?

orangecountyvols writes:

Once this article showed up, it was clear a pandora's box was going to be opened. Dooley being an analyst sort of echos the former Va Tech basketball coach serving the same role on ESPN.
( Didn't do that great as basketball coach but is now like Brer Rabbit in the briar patch with his new job. ) Who knows, maybe Dooley will have a new career on t.v.

True, Derek Dooley didn't get it done, for multiple reasons. Many couldn't wait to get on his case and that conversation monopolized this site pretty much all of 2011 and 2012.

Now, it's on to Coach Butch Jones. Will it be more of the same? Will he show marked improvement, more importantly........will the team show improvement as well? Only time will tell.

signalcorps writes:

in response to amyinsparta:

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I agree,,,,these guys at ESPN are not as good as they think they are,,boring,,,only ball players watch their shows to keep up with what being said about them.....I say any grown man that's sucks his thumb is not a man....

VolsFanInNC writes:

How can a man that knows nothing about recruiting talk about it?

signalcorps writes:

in response to ivyvol:

Good for Dooley. Now they should add his mother and we could really have a good time.

that would be a precious moment,,,,hahahahahaha

thevoice writes:

Surprised he even got THAT job. Fellow knows nothing about big time college football, leaving UT's in-state (and no telling elsewhere) recruiting connections in shambles. UT should have sued the man for malpractice and/or breach of contract. Never liked the guy. Fraud from the beginning.

NashvilleCat writes:

All Dooley knows about recruiting is that he can't do it.

calvolfromkingsport writes:

I wonder if his salary supplements or complements the $83,333.00 he gets a month? Can't imagine an attorney doing it free gratis.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

in response to drum45:

Congrats Coach!

Its nice to hear a complement on this site.

govolsn3 writes:

For everyone one of you that still bashes COACH DOOLEY just look at his recruiting over the three years and who he brought in(PATTERSON) and how he kept it together when the snake ran. Last I looked our VOLS are still way outside the the top 25 in recruiting and the game that I sat at COACH DOOLEY beat the current staff fairly easy. This is going to be a very long rebuilding, I am guess around ten years and you same bashers will be still going strong in three years and UT will be in more debt to coaches. I say congrats to COACH DOOLEY and good luck to COACH JONES, your gonna need plenty of it.

8inarow writes:

I already miss him, orange britches...safari hat, one bullet in his breast pocket.....

jcbolt123#1415629 writes:

Funny, one of the worst recruiters in tennessee history is going to nationally analize something he sucks at. This is a must see for those who like comedy television, maybe they'll do an interview with some of the coaches he never knew right in his backyard....

govolsn3 writes:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/footballrecru...
2010 ranked top ten recruiting, 2011 top 15, 2012 top 20. Look it up yourself and CINCY is nowhere in sight. Some of you just have to be steered to the truth on here. Look it up yourself. COACH JONES has got a lot of work to do beat this recruiting.

bobe4544 writes:

Is Dooley going to wear the orange pants on ESPN?

beartn#223846 writes:

First of all, I like Dooley. I wish he won, but obviously wasn't getting it done. As for people saying that it's a joke having Chizik and Dooley to provide commentary, I think both would be more inciteful than people that have never coached and recruited. Current coaches obviously caren't avaialble to be on the show. If nothing else, Dooley's bluntness and wit will probably add to the show. I wish him well.

ArmyDad writes:

Dooley on ESPN talking about recruiting? That would be like a McDonald's french fry dropper talking about fine cuisine on the Food Network.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

God I hated to see him go, he was the best coach Vandy ever had..

6972 writes:

I gave DD a chance, he had it, he blew it. Adios.
I'm giving CBJ the same.

Footnote: Some viewers may not like Danielson and that is okay because we all have our likes and dislikes in announcers, but he played pro QB so I would thinkh me knows a little about the game. Like him or not as an announcer, I personally wouldn't question his knowledge of the game. IMHO. GBO.

SevenT writes:

Dooley should have been given more time, he had turned the corner for Tennessee, now it is back to the drawing board and who knows what the future holds.

VolsUpsetYetAnother writes:

That's like Weight Watchers asking John Madden to be their spokesperson! Thanks for the laugh!!

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