Dooley: ‘You’re not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore’

HOOVER, Ala. — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley sounded a bit of a warning to the rest of the SEC in his Media Days appearance Thursday.

“I know the SEC has enjoyed taking advantage of our tough times,” Dooley said. “But there’s a nice mood on our team right now that you’re not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore.”

Tennessee has gone 11-14 (4-12 SEC) in Dooley’s first two seasons as its coach. The Vols were 5-7 (1-7 SEC) last season, including their first loss in 27 years to Kentucky.

“It definitely was a lot of frustration, especially after the loss to Kentucky,” said Tennessee offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James, who attended North Gwinnett High. “We all just came together as players and talked about it and said, ‘We’re on a mission this year to bring Tennessee back to what it used to be.’ … We’ve been working all offseason so we can do that.”

Dooley obviously is encouraged:

“I feel better today about where we are as a program than at any point since I’ve been in Knoxville, and I mean that,” he said. “Probably the No. 1 reason for that is for the first time we have a settled roster. We have a full 85 on scholarship; we have 19 starters back. So we have a lot of experience.

“I think for a microcosm of what we’ve been through, where we were, where we are now, you look at the offensive line,. Two years ago, we were going into a season with a combined three starts [from the O-line], and now we’re going in with a combined 106.

“You look at the quarterback position. We went in with a group that hadn’t played one SEC game. Now, we’ve got a group that’s played in 20.

“We’re certainly deeper than we’ve been. It’s so important to be deep and talented because you can’t allow an injury or two that happens to every team to decimate your season. We’re certainly more talented in many ways – actually getting talked about in some of the All-SEC preseason stuff.

“… So I’m excited about the season, and I feel like we got a team that can go toe to toe for four quarters with all the teams in our league. It certainly doesn’t mean we’ve arrived; it certainly doesn’t mean we’re where we want to be at every position.”

Dooley conceded the Vols have ample room for improvement, “because we really weren’t good at anything” last season.

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Destin Dawg

July 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

Destin Dawg

July 19th, 2012
12:13 pm

Dooley couldn’t make it as a lawyer.. an he has had NO success in coaching.. it’s going to be tough in Knoxville next couple years 1!

dawgman

July 19th, 2012
12:13 pm

Come on Destin, really?

Paddy

July 19th, 2012
12:13 pm

Destin Dawg……..you are better than that. Was in your beautiful city last weekend. Had a great meal at Pompano Joe’s.

dawgman

July 19th, 2012
12:15 pm

On the contrary Destin Dawg- I see Tenn possibly upsetting some teams this year. Tyler Bray, Da’rick Rogers, Justin Hunter I believe is his name. I think offensively they are going to score some points. Defensively, they probably are better than last year but not very good.

dawgman

July 19th, 2012
12:16 pm

Hopefully the Dawgs can win and not get beat by them. God I hate that Rocky Top song.

PTC DAWG

July 19th, 2012
12:29 pm

A full 85? Who needs that. :)

The Tide is trolling and nothing can stop it.....

July 19th, 2012
12:34 pm

nobody puts baby in a corner

1953dawg

July 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

Dooley and Tenn. are such a joke of a program. Dooley will take any player, and he will do anything to get them in school. Tenn, Auburn, and Bama are the 3 schools that have an admissions dept. that will always turn the other cheek to get players in school. Schools like Florida, UGA, and Vandy are the only schools that don’t allow every guy that can spell his name to get in school. If you don’t believe me, ask Dooley how Phillips the D.L. that was denied admission at florida, suddenly gets accepted by Tenn. a few days ago. This clown is so desperate that he allowed Rogers to make a fool out of him, yet he kisses Roger’s ass and allows him to stay at Tenn.Then he has several players kick a poor off duty police officer in the head and leave him in the parking lot to die, yet Dooley does nothing to these players. Tenn, is a joke of a program from Kiffen to this pitiful excuse of a coach that will do anything to save his ass and his job. It still want be enough for this team to win. S.C., UGA, Florida and Vandy will all take care of Rogers, Bray and Hunter. Bray and Dooley have never beaten anyone in the SEC, so just because this used car salesman says how great Tenn. will be, doesn’t really mean anything. His opinion and $1.00 want get you a cup of coffee at starbucks, Well maybe it will in Tenn, but nowhere else.

Paddy

July 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

dawgman……..I agree on Tyler Bray, he could be the league MVP.

Spanky

July 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

Wouldn’t you be saying the same thing?! He’d better, if he wants to keep sporting that girly-burnt orange next year!!

ARdawg

July 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

Say what you want. Baby Vince is a pretty good coach. If there was ever a bare cupboard, there was when he arrived in K’ville. If they give him a chance I’m confident he’ll build that Vol program back

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
12:52 pm

Sounds like a Politician making promises he can’t keep

Paddy

July 19th, 2012
12:53 pm

1953dawg……agree with you on the beating of that policeman. They should have spent some serious jail time. Yet it was not serious enough offense to be put off the team or at least suspended for a year! Disgraceful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg Fud

July 19th, 2012
1:02 pm

…..because Dooley is toast if they are kicked around and he knows it.

Dawg Fud

July 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

Destin Dawg,

Your comment is unfair and below the belt. Dooley could cut it as an atty and was doing just fine at King & Spalding. His passion was coaching and went after it. You have to respect a man like that.

Don’t trash the man’s character.

Mike S.

July 19th, 2012
1:13 pm

1953Dawg makes some great points. Dooley is running a desperate program right now. They will take anyone they can, including allow players to stay on the team that other programs would deservedly kick off. Rogers has been a mess and here he will suit up game one. I cant say really anything good about this program right now, and stuff like this makes it hard to root for Dooley to turn it around.

JB

July 19th, 2012
1:18 pm

Wow, got banned from the Bookman blog today. No sense of humor and no, they don’t like the truth .

JB

July 19th, 2012
1:21 pm

Dawgs lose to ANYONE say South Carolina I would be really disappointed. Mizzou,Tenn,SC,FLA,AU and Tech will all be “A” game type efforts needed.

falcon fred

July 19th, 2012
1:25 pm

Tennessee will beat the ugajerks this year. Listening to the SEC player interviews on XM, when asked about the toughest place to play in the conference, it was LSU by a landslide. Some even said SC. None said Sanford and Son. What a way to treat such a respected and feared program!

Univ. Of Kentucky

July 19th, 2012
1:31 pm

BWHAAAH HAAAAAAAAH HAAAAAAAAAAAAAH HAAAAAAAAAAAAH… Little Dooley has lost his mind. UK beat you last year with a WR playing QB. Granted you might beat UK this year as UK was picked by the media to finish 7th in the East. BWHAAAAAAH HAAAAAAAH HAAAAH HAAAAAAAAH… The vols will get beat down by everybody else in the East.

da truth

July 19th, 2012
1:33 pm

no, Destin DAwg is not better than that. That is who he is. He constantly puts down other people, programs, and entire states. He must be a perfect person. Remember, a fool is wise in his own eyes.

TallaDawg

July 19th, 2012
1:37 pm

It must be nice have 85 scholarship players.

TallaDawg

July 19th, 2012
1:38 pm

Just because one is not happy being an attorney does not mean he is not good at it.

Chip Towers

July 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Please don’t post under multiple names or use the names of the sports personalities we cover. If you do you’ll blacklisted.

RiffRaff

July 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

I think what Derek Dooley was trying to say is “you won’t have me to kick around much longer.”

LOLOLOL

July 19th, 2012
1:46 pm

” Mark Richt: ‘We don’t recruit bad kids’ ”

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Richt: ” I wanted to recruit Cam Newton as a tight end.”

HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
2:03 pm

Chip Towers
July 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Please don’t post under multiple names or use the names of the sports personalities we cover. If you do you’ll blacklisted.
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nice call CHIP

WDE

July 19th, 2012
2:05 pm

I hope UT is better this year and gives Dooley some more time to see what he can do with a full roster.Of course I hope we beat them like a rented mule.

Fair n Balanced

July 19th, 2012
2:16 pm

Too many predictions.

McDawg

July 19th, 2012
2:26 pm

what is the status of K. Houston????

Barbara Dooley

July 19th, 2012
2:40 pm

Hot Seat?? What hot seat?? Are you crazy??

Sorry Chip

July 19th, 2012
2:41 pm

Woops, just saw your post. Please excuse!

McDawg

July 19th, 2012
2:54 pm

Barbra Dooley is a personality and she is certainly covered by the AJC-whether or not she is sports personality is a different story

i don’t mind her pulling for UT but Vince really needs to just zip it

McDawg

July 19th, 2012
2:55 pm

we all know the status of IC but what about K. Houston????

Chris

July 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

We barely beat Tennessee last year when they were terrible. I’m the biggest Georgia fan around, but there is nothing about that game that’s going to be easy. That could be the game that cost us the east because we’re not much better than we were last year, and they should only improve.

OkieDawg

July 19th, 2012
3:09 pm

Tennessee has some bad apples…Duh’Rick for one. As long as he is allowed to have more authority than the position coach, Tennessee will have troubles. Dooley Junior should listened to Dooley Senior and get rid of the bad apples.

Boise Dawg

July 19th, 2012
3:27 pm

I would buy into Dooley’s optimisim a little more if he hadn’t lost all of his assistant coaches in the offseason. I know nothing of the guys he replaced them with, but I suspect Tennessee will continue to be an SEC punching bag and this will likely be Dooley’s last year. Georgia can’t take any SEC game for granted though.

Tim

July 19th, 2012
3:27 pm

I don’t think UT is the only one with player personel problems. I believe UGA has their own problems, i.e. Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo, Isaiah Crowell, Branden Smith, Sanders Commings…… Need I go on.

Don’t throw stones when you live in a glass house UGA fans.

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Tim

July 19th, 2012
3:45 pm

By the way, UGA is having their own troubles with kids with questionable character issues. At least D.Rogers at UT has not been arrested.

Let’s compare – Nick Marshall, Chris Sanders & Sanford Seay, theft of property. Rambo and Ogletree, marijuana. Sanders Commings, domestic dispute.

Need I go on. If Rambo and Ogletree were not great players, Richt would get rid of them. But he needs them to keep his defense strong so they will stay even though this is the second time Rambo has been suspended.

I’m just sayin…..

Noosahm D'Bonkapan

July 19th, 2012
3:53 pm

I do t think DD is a great coach, either. I do believe that a college coach should be kept around long enough to have an entire roster of his own recruits. Dooley has no senior class leadership, thanks to
Kiffin and didn’t he get the job AFTER signing day? The only thing uglier than TN orange is Gator
orange, but he ought get a truly fair shot.

Pitbull

July 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

Barbara Dooley woud be a better coach at UT than Derek Dooley.

I dropped my fried twinkie

July 19th, 2012
4:30 pm

Derek need to find a girl track star with a great RB brother and offer them both a scholarship and a trans am.

pbt dawg fan

July 19th, 2012
4:45 pm

Tim

D. Rodgers was arrested his freshman year, when he was a part of the Knoxville Bar Fight. Remeber when some of the Tennesse Football players beat up a off duty police officer in a bar right off campus. Darren Myles and D. Rodgers was arrested for that fight.

pbt dawg fan

July 19th, 2012
4:47 pm

Tim

Also, what is worse getting arrested or giving up on your team in the middle of a game.

Hurt Park

July 19th, 2012
8:48 pm

The Georgia State Panthers
might just kick the Vols around one more time.

Reinstatement INDEED

July 19th, 2012
10:20 pm

Dooley said.. and i QUOTE ” Da’rick is no longer with us”– December 2nd 2011

Click here for proof… http://www.wate.com/story/16175480/source-darick-rogers-no-longer-with-vols

and yet SOB.. there he is!!!

BG

July 20th, 2012
8:59 am

Dooley needs to win a football game before he starts running his mouth.

Comming's Girlfriend

July 20th, 2012
11:07 am

Darrick does not hit girls or carry stolen guns. Nuff said.