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UT’s Dooley Says He Doesn’t Think About His Job Status

Derek Dooley might be the only person in the state of Tennessee who isn’t thinking about his job security.  At least if you believe what the coach told WGFX-FM in Nashville yesterday:

 

“I really do not think about that.  And I mean that.  Any of that stuff is beyond my control.  All that’s going to do is bring a lot of anxiety to me, the team, all that, which is unnecessary.  It’s so important that we just maintain our focus on what’s next and go 1-0, and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

 

For the record, the Volunteers are 3-5, 0-5 in the SEC.  That 1-0 that Dooley speaks of is in regards to what he’s calling UT’s “second season,” a four-game stretch of Troy, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

If he’s trying to block out his job status, Dooley had better not look into the stands on Saturday.  It’s homecoming at Tennessee, but the school has partnered with the AARP to provide discounted tickets to seniors.  Youth-league teams are reportedly being given tickets for free (not an altogether unwise move in terms of building a fanbase for the future).  Yet Neyland Stadium is still expected to be more vacant when Troy arrives that at any point in recent years.

That fan apathy could ultimately be what costs the third-year head coach his job.

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