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Louisiana Tech Player Takes Shot At UT’s Dooley

In Derek Dooley’s final season at Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs finished 4-8.  That record was good enough for a desperate Tennessee program that had been jilted by Lane Kiffin and turned down by about five other coaches in the immediate aftermath of Kiffin’s jump to Southern Cal.

Sonny Dykes — another coach’s son — took over the program Dooley had worked for three years to build and he’s had almost immediate success in his two-and-a-half-year tenure.  Tech is currently ranked in the Top 25 as they prepare to face Texas A&M tomorrow in Shreveport.

One Bulldog player — center Stephen Warner — says the coaching switch helped off the field as well as on.

 

“There was such a big change.  Coach Dykes is a whole lot more personable than Coach Dooley was.  He’s a guy who’s going to ask you how you’re doing when he passes you in the hallway, instead of not knowing who you are…

And our whole attitude is just better.  Anyone on this team would lay down whatever it took for this program.  That’s a lot different from the way it was a few years ago — from ‘it’s about me’ to ‘it’s about us.’”

 

In all fairness to Dooley, we don’t know what the relationship between the coach and Warner was or is.  There could be a bit of “you promised to play me and didn’t” going on here.

But for Tennessee fans who watched their team throw in the towel last year in a season-ending loss to Kentucky, Warner’s comments might hit pretty close to home.

Dooley faces an important test tomorrow night at Mississippi State.

 


19 comments
sojourner44
sojourner44

a 4-8 final season is not convincing proof that dooley "...left the program in a lot better shape than he found it."   neither is stringing together 4 or 5 cupcake wins iced with vandy and kentucky.  fact:  this is his sixth season as a head coach (three in the bush leagues) and he's still looking for his second winning season.  dooley is a case study in athletic director incompetence.  hamilton (the word "desperate" was correctly used) couldn't get the serious coaches to return his calls.  so the vols ended up with this stiff.  to top it off, he gave him a seven million dollar buyout!!!--dooley! for gawd's sake!  if his name was on anybody's short list, i've yet to hear about it. sour grapes?  dykes is 5-0; dooley was 4-8.  that's typical of the doolaid drinkers in k-ville.   

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

Fact, Dooley left the program in a lot better shape than he found it. And I'm pretty sure he knows everybody on the Vols roster. This just sounds like sour grapes to me.

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

 @sojourner44 And you're typical of the ignorance that infects the internet. Dooley has a $5M buyout, not $7 mil. "Serious coaches"... Yeah, like who...Gruden? LMAO

 

Yes, Dooley left Tech in much better shape than he left it, and Dykes is winning with recruits and the foundation Dooley laid. Sorry you're so blinded with hate you cant see that for the fact that it is. And here's another fact for you, at the start of fall camp last year the program had lost 50 scholly players from the date Flummo was bounced, and that doesn't include graduating seniors. UT football was a disaster due to Fulmer and Kiffin. Hell there are only 6 players left from Kiffin's 2009 class fer cryin out loud, but lets blame Dooley, it must be his fault so lets fire his ass then repeat this cycle all over again.

 

And speaking of examples, you're an example of why UT fans are considered to be the dumbest football fans in the South. Sorry.

sojourner
sojourner

 @jtboyd310  @sojourner44

 please have someone read my post to you and listen carefully.  not once did i say i "hate" dooley.  it'd be like hating the village idiot (no offense intended).  as for whether his buyout is 5 or 7 million dollars, my take is that anything exceeding bus fare or the price of a u-haul is over generous.  the rest of my post is absolutely factual.  if quoting facts is "hate", color me guilty.

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

 @Dennyzzz  @sojourner44 You're both idiots. And then what....hire who??? There is not a single coach out there that will satisfy you clowns, so you want to fire Dooley anyway and just go hire somebody and start all over. Thats brilliant, now give me a name.

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

 @sojourner44  @sojourner Good, don't respond because your comments are fouling the internet with their inherent stupidity and thank you for helping to prove my point about UT fans being the dumbest in the land. You cant even name one coach you want to hire, but you want to fire Dooley and start all over. Brilliant, just brilliant.

sojourner44
sojourner44

 @jtboyd310  @sojourner if you want to believe that a coach who is still looking for his second winning season after six years as a h.c. is going to lead the vols back to glory, be my guest.  knock yourself out.  i won't respond further (he who argues with a fool is a bigger one).

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

 @sojourner44  @sojourner  Another stupid cop-out answer. Now give me a list of coaches that are confirmed to be on anybody's "short list." How long you think I need to wait for that? Or would you rather I give you a list of coaches alleged to have been offered by Mike Hamilton that were never even contacted by UT! When you see a head coach's name associated with a job opening it is all purely speculation, and that is another fact, either that or he is positioning for more money like Flummo used to do.

 

So is this what you toothless hillbillies are doing now, you down to making snarky comments involving General Neyland? The fact of the matter is that neither you nor anybody else has a solution to this alleged dilemma, and if you did you wouldn't be so stingy with a name. There's nobody out there that meets the standard of UT fans, not one guy that is willing to move. And at this point we dont even know what we have with Dooley, my conclusion is he's growing into the job and a better coach than his record shows for reasons I have outlined above which you conveniently ignore.

 

And here's another dose of reality for you, the UTAD is losing money, and there is no way the school is going to pay another $5M buyout in FY2013. If Dooley doesn't perform next year then he's likely gone, until then you are just barking at at the moon. Sorry.

sojourner44
sojourner44

 @jtboyd310  @sojourner 

three fourths of the current d1 coaches would be preferable to the guy with the famous last name.  there, that satisfy you?  while we're passing questions, tell me what other program had dooley on their short list?  who wants him now?  when does he turn into the second coming of general neyland?

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

 @sojourner  @sojourner44 LOL You don't have a clue what you're talking about. When Dooley took over at Tech they were a disaster, and by his third year they were in a similar condition as UT, i.e. no seniors. His 2009 squad had 7 total seniors on the roster. SEVEN! The majority of the roster was Freshman and Sophomores. And now Dykes has 30 seniors on this team that you give Dooley no credit for but they are all Dooley's recruits. So don't give me this crap about him not leaving the program in better shape than he found it.

 

Second of all, I could care less what you think because you are obviously very limited in your ability to process simple concepts, like finding a coach 2 weeks before NSD, or how you reload instantaneously after your two predecessors did everything in their power to destroy the program! One more time, 50 scholarship players were MIA when we started fall camp last year from the date Flumster was canned. FIFTY! WTF do you expect in year 3, an SEC championship? We still dont have any depth, our 1's are solid but there is a steep dropoff to the 2's, mostly freshmen and sophomores again. I think I'll just color you stupid, and you still havent given me a name...good luck with that. LOL

Dennyzzzzz
Dennyzzzzz

 @jtboyd310  @sojourner44 Now that's funny.  You think a win over Miss. State will make UT count for something.  Nobody cares about Tennessee.  Nobody.  They SUCK.   And if they manage to beat one of the Mississippi schools, nobody is going to start caring about them.

jtboyd310
jtboyd310

 @Dennyzzz  @sojourner44 Charlie Strong? LOL Yeah, 14-12 his first two years in the vicious Big East. Besides, he just got a raise and a 7 year contract extension, but I'm sure he's willing to move to the SEC to get his brains beat out and fired after 3 years. Strong is a decent coach, hardly the proven winner UT fans are demanding. Who else you got? haha

 

And don't count your cowbells before they hatch Denny, scheduling is going to make a difference tomorrow night, State hasn't played anybody...yet.

Dennyzzzzz
Dennyzzzzz

 @jtboyd310  @sojourner44 How about Charlie Strong?  Of course you'd rather keep on losing, loser.  You'll enjoy Miss. State kicking your ass tomorrow.

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