How will inspirational, motivational speaker and Christian Coach Bill Curry react when Derek Dooley drops his first F-bomb during the game between Georgia State and Tennessee this Saturday? Will he be offended? Scared? Shocked? Will he offer to share Christ with this young firebrand coach? Would Dooley even listen to Curry? Or would Curry have an impulsive reaction like the one pictured below?
Dooley is already known for his unwillingness to bow to the pressure of the media when he refused to stop cursing on the sidelines or to switch from bargain store footwear, white tube socks, orange pants and untucked polo shirts. You do have to give Dooley credit, he took a lemon and made lemonade. Seven coaches leave him on short notice, and he goes out and gets a BETTER staff? That was a masterstroke.
Dooley is more than capable of launching into a tirade of “Sabanish” proportions or as the Vols version of Andy Griffith likes to say “I am using words I teach my children not to say”. Though the exact quotes were unconfirmed, a few bystanders heard snippets of Dooley’s pregame speech to his team before the opening kickoff versus NC State. It went something like this:
“You F’N defensive F’S, you can go F your F’N selves. You think I am going to F’N let you F up my F’N football team!?!” ”I don’t F’N care what a F’N official says F to you, you had better knock the F’N guys F’N head off!”
“Get the F outta here you F’N F, can’t you see I am getting a F’N haircut?”
Curry should be concerned about the whipping that is coming after one of Dooley’s explosions. Following Dooley’s spirited motivational pre-game talk to his team in the Georgia Dome, the inspired Vols proceeded to score three explosive touchdowns in the first half off of a highly touted WolfPack defense that featured an all-american cornerback that radio analyst Bill King likened to “Magic Johnson in shoulder pads”. With four minutes left in the game the Vols would never look back as they cruised to a smooth win.
I left at halftime after my kids overheard Dooley’s pregame speech and subsequent sideline “not safe for work” banter. The language was just too foul for me. I am glad Dooley showed some class and didn’t blow NC State out of the Dome but I do wish he would stop dropping f-bombs on the sidelines.
Don’t get me wrong on my stance on Dooley. He’s a good football coach and has stayed the course in building a real foundation to get rid of the sheer disaster left by Fulmer and Kiffin even in the very trying times of the past two seasons. He’s a high character guy and when we win 10-11 games this season the recruiting floodgates will open up big time.
- Dooley: I will not be defined by a trophy (loserswithsocks.com)
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- Dooley Strategy Pays Dividends: John Adams agrees (loserswithsocks.com)