April 9th, 2012 02:31 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Tennessee
Tags: Alabama North, Derrick Ansley, Ditto Jimbo Fisher, GA
Tennessee is looking more and more like Alabama-North. Head football coach Derek Dooley is an ex-Nick Saban aide. The school’s new AD — Dave Hart — and a number of his aides came from Tuscaloosa, too. So did new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri who’s brought Saban’s 3-4 scheme to Knoxville.
Sunseri also brought in cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley. Ansley — before a very brief stop at UCF — was a GA at Bama and he says he kept his eyes locked on Saban during his time with the Crimson Tide:
“He’s been coaching DBs for 37 or 38 years. So in the time I spent with him, I said, ‘I got past a lot of coaches.’ He’s really, really good at what he does. I was very blessed to go down there and work with him…
The first couple of months, I tried to kind of shadow him. I learned how he wanted things. I just tried to get two steps ahead of him and anticipate what he wanted. When you stay even with a coach like that, you’re getting behind.”
It makes sense for an SEC school to try to mimic the success of Saban and Alabama. But any Vol fan expecting a former grad assistant to be able to replicate much of Saban’s style and savvy is probably setting himself up for disappointment.
After all, Dooley worked with Saban for a lot longer time than Ansley did… and no one’s confusing him for his old boss just yet. (Ditto Jimbo Fisher. Ditto Will Muschamp.)
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