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Barbara Dooley: Son to coach Vols for '25 years'

Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 4:45 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If it's the week of the Georgia-Tennessee game, that means it's time for the Dooleys to be in the headlines.

There's Bulldog coaching (and administrative) legend Vince; there's his son Derek, who we don't have to remind you is now coaching the rival Volunteers; and then there's Vince's wife/Derek's mother Barbara. Between the irresistible "house divided" angle and quotability of both the elder Dooley and his son, it's going to be a long time before the Dawgs and Vols get together without a flurry of Dooley-related coverage the week prior.

This week, of course, is no exception; here's one Derek interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for instance, where he admits he "bled red and black" as a child growing up in Athens. But maybe the best zinger in the interview comes, indirectly, from Barbara, who Derek says told him his new orange pants are "awful-looking." When reminded that Vince wore red pants on the sidelines, she replied "yeah, but that’s red."

But if Barbara hasn't yet come around to Volunteer orange or her son's fashion choices, that doesn't mean Derek doesn't have her full support ... and then some. For evidence, look no further than Barbara's unscheduled appearance on an Athens radio show Thursday morning. Upon hearing a pair of Knoxville-based sportswriters discussing Derek's presence on (or absence from) the proverbial "hot seat," Barbara drove to the station, walked into the studio, and let her feelings on her son's job status be known. Via the AJC, an excerpt:

Barbara: “I want you to listen about my baby.”

Bryant: “You have to hurry because we’ve got a congressman standing by.”

Barbara: “Well, he can just wait. Football is important.

Let me say this: Derek Dooley walked into kind of a mess. Florida, [coach Will Muschamp] walks into talent just oozing out of their ears. Jimbo Fisher walks into [Florida State] with talent. And y’all are telling me that Derek Dooley is on the damn hot seat? Are you crazy?”

... You’ve got Mama’s rile up now, buddy. Did you know [Derek] played 17 freshman against Florida?”

Hooker: “Absolutely.”

Barbara: “I just want you to be nice and fair and know that you probably have the best coach in the country and he’s going to be there 25 years.”

Somehow, we doubt Derek wants his mother barging into radio shows to take up for him, which would explain why -- even if she remains a veteran presence on Southern airwaves -- he's already asked her to limit her radio appearances.

But it could always be worse; next time she could bring her photo albums with her. We bet there's even a shot out there, somewhere, where Derek's wearing red pants.
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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 9:57 am

Barbara Dooley: Son to coach Vols for '25 years'

Sorry maux, but you frankly don't know what the hell you're talking about.  Join us here in 2011 and things will look different.  We have a new AD that you're obviously not aware of, along with a glowing lack of "criminals" on the roster under the new basketball coach (again, you're oblivious to him) Cuonzo Martin.
You might want to look at some NCAA stats to see a top ten QB in passing, a team that has been #1 in third down conversions in the nation, and currently, a 3-1 record with a team that plays mostly underclassmen.  So, Dooley is hardly "in over his head".  He might have inherited a decimated team that needed complete rebuilding, but most Vol fans knew that, and so far, are happy with the job he's done.
To correct you yet again, the mens sports at UT are not "in a total state of chaos."  If anything, with new staff members and no post season bans for anything, we're back in business.  God, you seem stupid.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:41 pm

Barbara Dooley: Son to coach Vols for '25 years'

Sorry Mama, but your boy isn't in for the long haul in Knoxville. A mother's love is unconditional, but it won't save Dooley if he doesn't turn things around in a reasonable amount of time. Considering the amount of money and support for the Vol football program, Tennessee should be in the top seven every single season. No excuses. UT has that kind of money. Knoxville is as good as job as there is in college football. The fans at UT deserve much, much more than what they have gotten. Fulmer short changed fans for years and years. The Kiffin hire was a total disaster, and the Dooley hire didn't come out of left field, but from the back of the parking lot. When you take into account the fact that the UT basketball team has more hardened criminals than the state penetentiary, the Tennessee AD has to be among the very worst in the nation, not counting Gene Smith, who is in a league of his own. It's really hard to understand why or how UT has had so many criminals in their athletic programs. Even the Canes in their heyday couldn't compare with the hoodlums of Tennessee. Men's sports at UT are in a total state of chaos. Dooley will not last long. He is in way over his head. 

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:38 pm

Barbara Dooley: Son to coach Vols for '25 years'

Barbara Dooley rocks!!!

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