Why can't Vanderbilt just leave the SEC and move to a conference where they actually stand a chance? Hey I got an idea Vandy should move to Conference USA and beat the likes of Memphis, SMU, and Houston. Oh wait Case Keenum would beat you too.
In more than three years of posting stories here at MrSEC.com, we’ve posted — to my knowledge — two videos from inside a school’s locker room. In both cases, the video posted was released by the school or an alumni association as a promotion of their product.
The first involved Vanderbilt’s celebration after beating Ole Miss last September (the school posted the video). The second involved Mississippi State’s postgame celebration after its Egg Bowl win last November (MSU’s alumni association posted the video).
Other than that, what happens in a locker room stays in a locker room, in our view. We’ve seen leaked stuff before, but I sure can’t recall posting any of it.
Having been in college locker rooms after victories, I can tell you that what’s said there is a) said for the sake of the players, not the fans and media and b) similar no matter which locker room you’re inside.
After wins, boasting is the order of the day. After losses, “we beat ourselves” is the mantra.
If a school releases something boastful or weepy, we find that newsworthy because that shows that the school/programs wants the information out there. When MSU releases video of Dan Mullen saying his team will never lose to Ole Miss again, that is more a story than an exuberant Mullen saying the actual words.
However, when someone sneaks a video — one that the school isn’t pushing — then we’ve in the past backed away, not wanting to invade the private moments between a coach and his team.
Not everyone feels the way we do. For some sites — that’ve proven time and again they would rather be the story than report the story — anything and everything is fair game. Ask Tennessee’s Derek Dooley.
Dooley’s locker room was mighty celebratory on Saturday night after his Vols outlasted Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime. Someone recorded the celebration with a cell phone camera and the website OutkickTheCoverage.com posted it under the headline: “Derek Dooley Slams Vandy In Post-Game Locker Room Celebration.”
In the video below, if you listen closely, you can hear Dooley tell his team (in between wild cheers) that “The one thing that Tennessee always does is kick the s— out of Vandy.”
And that’s set off a s— storm in Nashville. Asked about the celebration yesterday, Vandy coach James Franklin was not amused:
“That’s a wound that I’m going to leave open that’s not going to heal. We’ve leave it open for a year and we’ll discuss it next year…
We’ll talk about it as much as you guys want to talk about 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 gab and threatening some people and making some people uncomfortable. We’ll see. We’ll leave it at that. We’ll move on. But we’re have a lot of discussion about this next year when the time is right.”
Dooley was not thrilled that his postgame locker room chat was released to the public. (Note to coaches: You might want to institute a “no cell phones in the locker room” policy.)
“I’m a little disappointed that a video is out on our locker room celebration. But that’s kind of the world we live in. It’s like there’s no sacred place. 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.
You take those things for what they are. It’s a postgame, emotional, have a little fun… and then you close the door on them when you leave.”
Well you can bet Franklin won’t be closing the door on them. And he has every right to use Dooley’s words as a motivation for his team next year. Just as Dooley has every right to put a foot in the rump of anyone posting video of UT’s pre- or postgame locker room talks.
That said, Tennessee does deserve a pass on part of their celebration. The Volunteers sang the following song as noted in The Tennessean:
“We don’t give a damn about the whole school of Vanderbilt, the whole school of Vanderbilt, the whole school of Vanderbilt; we don’t give a damn about the whole school of Vanderbilt… we’re from Tennessee.”
Anyone who’s spent anytime at all around college football knows that that little ditty is a postgame tradition at about half the schools in the country. As in: “We don’t give a damn about the whole state of Michigan, we’re from O-HI-O.” Etc, etc. It’s a staple of many SEC and Big Ten locker rooms and I can say that from personal experience.