Before I begin let me say this post does not reflect everyone at RockyTopics. This is a difficult situation right now, but I feel completely confident in saying Derek Dooley is not the man for the job at the University of Tennessee.
During the week of the Vanderbilt game I told folks if we lose to Vandy and UK Dooley will be fired. After what we have seen over the last 24 hours it is easy to see what the fan base would be thinking if we had lost both of those games. You don’t lose to Kentucky and Vandy. You never lose to a Kentucky team this bad, and we did so Dooley better be glad he got that Vandy game to finish 1-7 in SEC play.
I realize our program is down. We were not going to win a lot of games this year and I get that. Dooley cannot help we have a depleted roster and a huge talent gap. I have supported Dooley since he has been here, but I have disagreed with him as the man for the job since the day he was hired. Look, I know he is not getting fired this year. He is here for year 3…………. or is it 2 in Dooleyism? Regardless of how long he has been here the overwhelming issue is Derek Dooley is not qualified to be the HC at a SEC school.
I know we have the speech police out there telling everybody to shut up because if you have an opinion and speak it you are hurting recruiting. You know what sheep? I pay for my season tickets, and they don’t give rebates for junk games in junk seasons. DD is making major cash and I don’t feel sorry for somebody who makes 2 million dollars and the worse thing in their life is they lost a bunch of football games and people are mad. Are you kidding me! We are supposed to give them a break because they are a good guy! WTH is wrong with you people. Derek Dooley is just like every other coach out there he does not care about the specifics of your life. He has tons of people everyday tell him how much they love him, and you have a better chance meeting your US Senator who will help prepare a multitrillion dollar budget than to have a conversation with this guy or his peers.
Let me ask you this question. If Tennessee was playing a game this week and Derek Dooley got food poison the night before and could not make it to the game would it make any impact to the outcome of the game? Dooley has no credentials as a coach or as specialist of an area in the game. What does he do? Pick who should kick? How in the world do people think Cheney should be fired but not Dooley? Jim Cheney is 10X more qualified to be the HC then Dooley. The only reason he isn’t a HC is because his appearance. Dooley has the southern accent and good ole boy look and he gets 2 million dollars to point the blame at everybody but himself. Incase you have not noticed I am urinated off!
Here is the bottom line Derek Dooley will be fired one day at UT. My guess is it will happen next year after the South Carolina game. (Seems to be the normal time to fire a coach). For all of you that are so worried about recruiting I can assure you that all we are doing is putting off the obvious. He will not get it done and we will have to replace him. Then next guy will come into a much better situation and that means the interest level in our program will be much higher this time among coaches looking for a change. The next football coach at UT will be the highest paid coach in the Eastern Division. The new AD knows how this works and he understands that the Athletic department keeps the lights on so he will not have a problem telling donors they are going to pay for the next guy.
The best thing Derek Dooley can do during this offseason is getting the biggest splash possible in recruiting. If he has an in the pocket recruit he better get them to the podium to announce soon. Then when the season begins he better win. I hope he proves me wrong and turns out to be a great coach, but I think we all know what is going to happen.