The local media engaged in open hostilities with Coach Dooley over the weekend by tweeting “it’s not a matter of if it’s a matter of when” of Dooley being fired. Folks, Dooley is still the head coach of Tennessee. Volquest.com and other bottom-feeders do not get a vote on the human resources decisions of the University of Tennessee. UT has ‘Nothing to report’ on coach Derek Dooley’s job status
When AD Dave Hart tells Dooley to GTFO, then Dooley will go; It won’t be the local media who are clearly jealous of Dooley’ calmness under pressure and good looks.
Derek Dooley is a resilient and courageous coach but even he has his limits and the Vols coach twice nearly broke down as he explained his anger and sadness at theories doing the rounds about the “poor” performance of this remarkable team that never quit in this 2012 campaign.
The pressure has been mounting for weeks as the Vols have stumbled into several close moral wins in the SEC. Dooley has been stoic throughout but it certainly told Saturday when he met with a large media post game contingent.
Dooley seemed to portray that he was happy for the media to have their views on the “shortcomings” of his team. But the proud Georgia native made it clear he wasn’t prepared to tolerate the “Dooley is nothing more than a post turtle” and a “quitter” and the “deer in the headlights” remarks that have invaded internet message boards and local sports radio.
“We played our tails off and we had a lot of opportunities to win the game – a lot. We didn’t get it done.
“We’re hurting because of the game and the kids. They played their tails off. There’s a lot of negativity and that comes with the territory. I’m just proud of how they keep going out there and they lay it on the line.
Dooley seemed to gather himself when he spoke about the toll that last year’s outrageous post game celebration video with Vandy would have on his team.
“We’ve got no other options but to go try to beat Vanderbilt and still try to go get into a bowl game. That’s all we can do. It’s hard. We’ve lost four games on the last possession. I guess we’re 1-5 or 1-4 at the end of the game. So, it’s hard.”
On what the loss does to his future, Dooley didn’t answer. If one could read his mind then this was probably what he was thinking.
“I’m a millionaire, my wife’s a successful cooter doctor, I have the SEC championship rings already….so FU.”
I say, GOOD for you COACH. You’re my battle captain.
- Dooley isn’t going anywhere (loserswithsocks.com)
- Dooley: Will he stay or will he go? (loserswithsocks.com)
- Derek Dooley: Tennessee Must Fire Embattled Head Coach After Loss to Missouri (bleacherreport.com)
- Report: Dooley out as UT coach at season’s end (tracking.si.com)
- VolQuest report: Dooley era all but finished (timesfreepress.com)