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Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:47 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After last Saturday's overtime win over Vanderbilt, Tennessee has defeated the Commodores 28 times in their last 29 tries. It's not the sort of long-term competitive balance that typically leads to a spicy, engaging, bitter rivalry.

But it appears that as long as Derek Dooley and James Franklin are in charge of their two teams, the Vols and 'Dores are going to be a rivalry worth watching all the same. A YouTube video of the Vols' locker room celebration leaked over the weekend, one in which Dooley says "the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the (expletive) out of Vandy" and the Vols sing they "don't give a damn for the whole school of Vanderbilt." Here's the video (language warning): 

Monday, Dooley said that he was "disappointed" the video had surfaced.

"That’s kind of the world we live in. It’s like there’s no sacred place," he said. "I think probably all 120 (FBS) coaches out there in football have a side to them where they loosen up with the team that they don’t do in public ... It’s a post-game, emotional, have a little fun ... and then you close the door on them when you leave.”

In Dooley's defense, there's no doubt he had no desire to see that celebration become public, and equally little doubt that he and his team ought to be able to celebrate however they like inside their own locker room without it becoming a scandal. (If every postgame locker room scene became public, we'd wind up writing a post like this every week.) But you'll also note Dooley in no way apologizes for, retracts, or condemns the celebration  

But to hear Franklin tell it Monday, it won't be as simple as closing the door this time:

“That’s a wound that I’m going to leave open that’s not going to heal. We’ll leave it open for a year and we’ll discuss it next year ... We’ll watch it as many times as we’ve got to watch it next year.

“I look at it as respect. Some people act like they won the Super Bowl, and they beat a team that the two previous years had won four games total. Obviously, we are closing the gap and threatening some people and making some people uncomfortable. We’ll see. We’ll leave it at that. We’ll move on. But we’ll have a lot of discussion about this next year when the time is right.”

Franklin has a point here: emotional as the game was, it's likely been a looooooong time since Tennessee felt as good about itself for beating the 'Dores as it appeared to in the video. It's safe to say that between the Vols' decline from their Phillip Fulmer-lead glory years and the feistiness shown both on- and off-the-field this year from Franklin's team, the Commodores have their in-state "rival's" full attention these days.

That doesn't say particularly good things for the state of Tennessee football. But it does say good things about the state of the rivalry between the two teams--and at this stage, the lackluster SEC East needs all the storylines it can get.


Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:39 am

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

I live in the Nashville area and have been around this so called "Rivalry" alot over the years.  Coach Dooley was correct in his statement. Although this years game was quite close, Tennessee usually does kick the crap out of Vanderbilt.  Vandy sees this as a rivalry but Tennessee sees it as a easy win close to the end of the season.  It is hard to hate someone you beat at will.  Vandy has had two winning seasons over the past 30 years.  The last time they beat Tennessee (2005) they ended the season with a 5-6 record.  I saw a DVD in a store shortly after that was about Vandy's road to beating Tennessee. Vanderbilt focuses on this rivalry ALOT more that UT.  I hope coach Franklin can stir up some excitement at Vanderbilt.  They have a stadium with less than 40,000 seating capacity and are unable to fill it.  All SEC games look like a home game for the opposing team.  Their home games have the atmosphere of a high school playoff game.  Maybe he can stir up some exitement and they can stop giving away hundreds of tickets (to non SEC games) just to fill the seats.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:15 am

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Lets give the author a break - his title does not say UGA. This was edtiro intern who does not know anything about football other than what he heard growing up. The editors are the ones who put the links on the front page not the writers. I was a lttle irritated until I saw the title of the actual blog and realized it was an editor's mistake.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 11:07 am

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

LOL..exactly... Apparently CBS doesn't know the difference between father or son...and a few decades.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:52 am

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

My daughter got her PhD from Vandy and what I discovered during her time in Nashville was the hate that emotes from the Vandy Alum/Students concerning the Vols is akin to Ohio St/ Michigan....I am not exagerating.  As an LSU grad and supporter of Vanderbilt University I have to say I found it rather comical. 

I assume it's a jealousy factor as the Vols dominate the media and fans attention. Of course nobody from the "Harvard of the South" would EVER admit this. As an impartial observer, I found the Vandy Alums/Students to be arrogant and elitist. My point is the Tennessee faithful sense the condesention and as such show little restraint when they Slam the 'Dore.

In closing, Coach Dooley did what all coaches SHOULD do. He showed emotion after a big victory in the confines of a locker room. He didn't tell the media or post on Twitter.  WHO CARES what he called Vandy because what the 'Dores say about the Vols is far worse, They are just smart enough not to film what should be a private moment.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:14 am

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Well, they were right, weren't they? That's the "one thing" Tennessee does, is beat Vanderbilt. No one else, but by God they can beat Vandy. Congrats Vols, hang your hat on that.

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:44 pm

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

I can only hope, and assume, that my LSU Tigers didn't get that sort of excitement from beating say...Ole Miss. At one time they would have, but now? In other words, what does that video say about Tennessee? Seems like an unintended praise of Vanderbilt!

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:02 pm

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

This is why guys love to play football and cherish their memories.  It was a closely fought game and the victors celebrated.  Although, I would want to be sure that every one those players caught in various states of undress were not minors.  Otherwise, the posting of this video would be a felony.  What other types of video does this person have?

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Franklin is pretty thin skinned. isn't he? I suggest he close that "wound" and move on or he might just bleed to death in the SEC.  

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:51 pm

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Large Orange:

You don't have to live in Tennessee to understand it. Even Gator fans get it. It's a silly story, written by someone who doesn't realize there hasn't been a Dooley coaching Georgia in many, many years.

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:14 pm

Dooley 'disappointed' locker room video surfaces

Yeah, no kidding, as much as I might not like UGA, atleast have the decency to show a little bit of professional journalism.....sssshhheeeesh. 
As high as our unemployment rate is, we really can't find better??

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