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As Tennessee And Georgia Prepare To Clash, Dooley Talks About His Job Change

derek-dooley-cowboysNot long after receiving his walking papers from Tennessee, Derek Dooley received a job offer from Dallas Cowboy head coach Jason Garrett.  Garrett and Dooley had worked together on Nick Saban’s staff with the Miami Dolphins.  Dooley was offered a job coaching the Cowboys’ receivers and he took it.

Now, with Tennessee and Georgia set to clash this weekend, the former Vol coach has opened up about transitioning from UT to the NFL:


“I did what most coaches do.  They get rid of the old gear and put on the new gear, so I’m wearing the blue and silver and the Dallas star.  I’m enjoying anonymity.  That’s probably the best thing about it… I’m used to talking to 30 people a day for five days a week (at Tennessee).  Now I get one about every three months…

(We didn’t leave) Knoxville because we didn’t like Knoxville.  It’s always a tricky dynamic.  There’s a lot of coaches that stay and I think it’s hard on the family and it’s hard certainly on the coach.  It’s harder to get going with your life when you’re constantly surrounded.  You know how it is?  No matter who’s the coach, there’s going to be a lot of criticism of the former coach, but that’s OK.”


Dooley — who’s received plenty of criticism for the bare cupboard he left Butch Jones at Tennessee — knows his parents won’t have as much trouble watching this year’s Vol/Bulldogs game with him off the sideline.

“It probably won’t be difficult for them to not like orange again.”


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