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UT’s Dooley Isn’t Fretting Over Hot Seat Talk

Going into the 2012 season, Tennessee Derek Dooley and Kentucky’s Joker Phillips will be sitting in the warmest seats.  With a bad year, Dan Mullen, Mark Richt, Gene Chizik or Will Muschamp could hear some grumbles, too, but Dooley and Phillips appear to be coaching for their jobs right from the start.

That kind of talk doesn’t phase Dooley.  He saw it first-hand with his father, Vince Dooley at Georgia:


“You’re always on the hot seat in this profession… I grew up in it.  I grew up with the ‘Dump Dooley’ signs and the ‘For Sale’ signs in our yard and the house getting rolled after a loss.  It’s something you have to accept.”


Interestingly, Dooley also makes a point that we ourselves made last September in defending Mark Richt’s stellar record in Athens — Vince Dooley wouldn’t have lasted 25 years at UGA in the current environment.  ”I think my father would be the first to tell you there are two or three times during his 25 years (at Georgia) that he would have gotten fired under today’s standards… But we get a lot more money.  That’s the drawback.  You can’t have it both ways.”

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