Barbara Dooley to sportswriters: ‘You’ve got Mama’s rile up now, buddy!’

Barbara Dooley

Barbara Dooley

Don’t mess with Mama’s baby boy.

That was the basic message Barbara Dooley delivered to Knoxville sportswriters Andrew Gribble and Dave Hooker and radio listeners who were tuning into “Newsmakers with Tim Bryant” on Athens station WGAU-AM 1340 Thursday morning.

Listen to audio here

Gribble and Hooker both cover the Tennessee Volunteers, who are coached by the youngest son of Barbara and Vince Dooley, Derek Dooley.

“At some point, one or the other speculates on Derek Dooley and the temperature of the seat beneath him,” Bryant told the AJC afterward. “Turns out Barbara Dooley was listening, and she lives right around the corner.”

So Barbara, who has her own show at the station (owned by Cox Media Group), drove in to give the writers her two cents worth. “She just about kicked the door in,” Bryant said.

Following is the exchange:

Barbara: “I want to ask you guys something. Back when I was in coaching with my husband, the press was our best friends. Now all y’all want to do is beat the coaches to hell and back.”

Hooker: “That’s not me, that’s Andrew.”[laughter]

Barbara: “I want you to listen about my baby.”

Bryant: “You have to hurry because we’ve got a congressman standing by.”

Barbara: “Well, he can just wait. Football is important. [more laughter] Let me say this: Derek Dooley walked into kind of a mess. Florida, [coach Will Muschamp] walks into talent just oozing out of their ears. Jimbo Fisher walks into FSU with talent. And y’all are telling me that Derek Dooley is on the damn hot seat? Are you crazy?”

Bryant: “Did anybody say the word hot seat?”

Barbara: “Yeah, I heard them!”

Hooker: “I didn’t say that.”

Barbara: “Oh, come on, get out of here! You’ve got Mama’s rile up now, buddy. Did you know [Derek] played 17 freshman against Florida?”

Hooker: “Absolutely.”

Barbara: “I just want you to be nice and fair and know that you probably have the best coach in the country and he’s going to be there 25 years.”

Bryant: “And they’ll probably name the stadium after him. Guys, thanks for joining us. Andrew Gribble, Dave Hooker and Barbara Dooley. Like I said, we’ve got a congressman [Tom Graves] standing by and he’s had to listen to all this.”

UPDATE: Here’s an explanation from Andrew Gribble of the Knoxville News-Sentinel, who admits to saying “hot seat” but not in the context Barbara Dooley took it.

260 comments Add your comment

Atlanta87

October 6th, 2011
11:16 am

The line starts here boys!

ATL Fan

October 6th, 2011
11:17 am

You go girl!!!

AJ Green

October 6th, 2011
11:18 am

Atlanta87

October 6th, 2011
11:18 am

If you like men that works ATL Fan

outkasted

October 6th, 2011
11:18 am

funny…. thats what mothers do… stand up for theor babies!!!

outkasted

October 6th, 2011
11:19 am

Gator Mike

October 6th, 2011
11:19 am

Good on Mrs. Dooley. If the VOL Fans give Derek a chance, UT will be a force in the near future.

Dap01

October 6th, 2011
11:20 am

Atlanta87

October 6th, 2011
11:22 am

Ok completely didn’t read the top of the article before I read the conversation. Definitely though chip was interviewing a Hooker and Barbara, not someone named Hooker.

St Simons - we're on Island time

October 6th, 2011
11:24 am

If we don’t get him, and they keep him, Tenn will beat us like a drum for 20 years. fact, jack

Spanky

October 6th, 2011
11:24 am

Great! Now, somebody go tell Coach Derek that she’s at it again! LOL,…”Dangit MOM!?! Stop it!..I can do it myself!..now, where’s my blanky?”

DawgSinceBirth

October 6th, 2011
11:26 am

Who really gives a crap what she says?

Go Dawgs!

Matthews Dawg

October 6th, 2011
11:28 am

The media just stirs the pot….Doesn’t matter what school it is, because the HC in-waiting is ALWAYS better than the one you got now! Even if no one knows where that HC is going to come from. It can always get worse! Go Dawgs and we got a tough one this Sat night. Just come home with a WIN!

Big Enos Burdette

October 6th, 2011
11:28 am

Who told Barbara that anybody gives a crap what she thinks?

Don’t think Saban’s or Paul Johnson’s mama has to protect their sons from the bully’s.

Barbara you’re embarassing yourself and your son.

gomdawg

October 6th, 2011
11:28 am

You tell them Mrs. Dooley I love it these writers need to write about football and let the coaches do there job. WELL SAID

Atlanta87

October 6th, 2011
11:29 am

Just noticed that Barbara has a HUGE mouth.

Funny

October 6th, 2011
11:29 am

She has a point! But that why they get paid the big bucks too. Every program wants a NC now, the problem is there is only one NC.

Atlanta87

October 6th, 2011
11:29 am

Both literally and figuratively

Big Enos Burdette

October 6th, 2011
11:30 am

Boy, if we had only known what Vince had to put up with all these years. He probably enjoyed the long hours on the recruiting trail. Or, he’s one henpecked son-of-a-gun.

UGA Insider

October 6th, 2011
11:31 am

Dooley is looking for his first SEC “signature win”, that’s what scares me most about this game. It seems every new coach gets his signature win against us. UGA better be ready to play because the fans will be loud and the UT players will be fired up. It’s do or die Saturday night.

funny...

October 6th, 2011
11:32 am

Awesome.

Georgia missed out. Should have hired Derek two years ago.

Radio hosts and sports writers are literally some of the dumbest human beings on the planet.

PreyDawg

October 6th, 2011
11:32 am

Oh come on. Loosen up. Barbarah has been this way for 30 years. I find it kind of fun. I am glad she is not our coaches Mom but as long as it is happening to another schools coach, I like it.

You gotta admit. You have wanted to do something like that at some point in your life. She did it.

Big Enos Burdette

October 6th, 2011
11:32 am

She doesn’t realize that she is making him look like a little boy instead of a grown man.

Inspector G

October 6th, 2011
11:32 am

Matthew Stafford once took Barbara, Vince, and Derek out to dinner in Athens on his return from a trouncing of LSU in 2008. Amicis was their destination and why wouldn’t it be? The most delcious buffalo chicken garcheemar you’ve tasted can be found there. While they were there, Matt notices UTenn playing on the tv and said, “Derek. You will one day coach them. It wont be easy, but you will coach them.” Of course Derek laughed him off as some Nostradamus wannbe (although what he didn’t know is that Matt was the co-founder of the UGA Chapter of ‘The Nostradamus prediction and Fitness Fiesta Club’). Who’s laughing no Derek? http://www.hailtothee.com

-Inspector G

Chuck UGA

October 6th, 2011
11:34 am

LMAO, get ‘em Barbara! But that doesn’t change anything for me because of the Dooley’s. This is win or else. Georgia better win or else. And I hope they win 56-14, but so do UT fans who (for the most part in Atlanta) hate UGA with a passion because they live in Atlanta. If Georgia beating Tennessee puts Derek on the hot seat, tough. GO DAWGS!

Brian

October 6th, 2011
11:35 am

Id be embarassed as crap if my mom did this at my job. It makes him look stupid.

DawginLex

October 6th, 2011
11:37 am

Georgia will win this game

Derek is the only class in the UT act

If they have any sense, they will keep him

Chuck UGA

October 6th, 2011
11:37 am

I’m hoping this new SEC stuff gets UT off the schedule annually so that the Derek thing will cool off. Then again, I want to beat them 8 of the next 12 years and take the lead back in the series just to PO the Vol fans!

Alphare

October 6th, 2011
11:41 am

“Back when I was in coaching with my husband”

UGA fans, now you know who to thank for your National Champ 30 years ago.

Spaceman Spiff

October 6th, 2011
11:43 am

@St. Simons

Might as well add you to the “Do you just say stupid stuff?” list…

Alphare

October 6th, 2011
11:44 am

Chuck UGA,

“I want to beat them 8 of the next 12 years”.

Why not 17 out of 20? Be a man!

allen981

October 6th, 2011
11:45 am

If all the beyond rabid Tennessee fans had kept their heas about them, Phil Fulmer would still be winning games for them.

The entire state should be glad the SEC didn’t disown them for hiring an idiot like Kiffin. He runs your program in the ground – in a year no less – and now you don’t understand why you’re not winning.

Too much moonshine in them thar hills….

GROW UP

October 6th, 2011
11:45 am

Stop using blogs as a race to be first to comment. What’s the big deal? And when you say “FIRST”, and you are 3rd, you look even dumber. GROW UP.

Dirty Dawg

October 6th, 2011
11:48 am

Just when I was beginning to think that our, Georgia’s, fans were the ‘ficklest’ (if that’s a word) in the SEC, I’m reminded by this piece about Tennessee’s history with their coaches…Bill Battle gets his dog killed and a moving van sent to his house…Johnny Majors – the hero – comes back and later gets ‘eased out’ cause he wasn’t ‘feeling well’ and replaced by Fulmer…whose years of service – and a National Championship – is dismissed, as was he, and then they hire the most obnoxious a-hole imaginable, who embarrassed the school (assuming it’s even capable of being embarrassed these days), acted as if Tennessee had never done anything worthwhile only to head back to his ‘dream job’ at his first opportunity, leaving Tennessee with only nightmares. So I suppose the fact that they’re already pokin’ at Dooley after only a season and a third, shouldn’t really be a surprise. Get used to it Barbara, it’s a new day driven by cynicism, selfishness and a sense of entitlement. Who knows, if our neanderthals manage to run Mark Richt off Derek just might find that he’s welcome in Athens – so long as he wins that is.

dwayne

October 6th, 2011
11:49 am

She needs to get back in the kitchen where she belongs. I bet Vince likes that big mouth.

G-Dawg

October 6th, 2011
11:50 am

I love Barbara Dooley – having said that, you don’t really want, as a head football coach of a major SEC football program – you don’t really want your MOMMA defending you on radio talking about her “baby boy”….

shaggy

October 6th, 2011
11:51 am

Her boy might be a vol, but she barks like a true DAWG!

Is there a chance of a head coach vacancy between the hedges? I can’t say that I wouldn’t like to see a Dooley walking the DAWGS again.

sick of this woman

October 6th, 2011
11:53 am

This lady is bat sh*t crazy. “Back when I was in coaching”…are you serious? Do everyone a favor and shut up.

Sincerely,
a UGA alum

AJ Green

October 6th, 2011
11:54 am

Da'Rick

October 6th, 2011
11:55 am

OK Coach, you can come out from under your chair now. She’s gone!

DJ Dawg

October 6th, 2011
11:57 am

@shaggy

which Dooley?? The baby boy or his momma???

Just love Barbara -

October 6th, 2011
11:58 am

Tell the truth………..Barbara is tuff………and so is Derek……..

Ace

October 6th, 2011
11:59 am

A real dad would pull for his son.

HPSP

October 6th, 2011
12:00 pm

Cut the cord lady. Or maybe somebody needs to hand “baby boy” some safety scissors so he can do it himself.

UGA alum - class of 2000

October 6th, 2011
12:00 pm

Isn’t it about time for Vince Dooley to come back out from under a rock and say that Mark Richt will be at Georgia for a long time?

doodoobailey

October 6th, 2011
12:03 pm

Dam, thats embarrasing having your mother do that. “Baby boy?”….he’s a grown man with a law degree. And if UT fires him, well you reap what you sow idiots.

sogadog

October 6th, 2011
12:03 pm

Mama’s precious little darling baby is going to get a hob nailed boot to the face Saturday night. GO DAWGS!!!

KOOL

October 6th, 2011
12:04 pm

As a Georgia fan, I hope Tennessee is a colossal flop every year. It’s totally unimportant to me who the head coach is.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 6th, 2011
12:04 pm

What was said above is very true..sports writers (and so call journalists , period) are some of the dumbest SOBs around. It’s like the old saying, those who can, DO..those who cant, TEACH, and those who can’t even teach, Write about other people DOING..

Tennessee fans are a lot like UGA fans..they enter every year thinking NC or bust..and they always bust..It’s like setting yourself up to fail. In the entire NCAA I can think of 3 current schools who legitimatly can dream NC every september..LSU, Alabama, and Oklahoma. The rest should just concentrate on a winning season first, maybe getting to a conference championship game..but give up the delusions of grandeur. We won the NC last year, but I am not going to expect it again anytime soon and ruin the fun of the season every year when it doesn’t happen.

BG

October 6th, 2011
12:05 pm

I hope the DAWGS spank UT this weekend! Mama Dooley will be crying like a baby.