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Dooley’s mother ‘riled up’ over hot seat comments

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There’s no doubt that today’s game between Georgia and Tennessee is a pivotal matchup for both teams. With South Carolina losing to Auburn last weekend and Florida facing another tough game against LSU today, the SEC East is definitely up for grabs for the Bulldogs and Vols.

Of the two coaches in today’s game — Georgia’s Mark Richt and Tennessee’s Derek Dooley — it’s widely considered Richt is the one who desperately needs the conference win, but that hasn’t stopped some sports writers from connecting Dooley to the hot seat rumors in the coach’s second year.

(For the record, Dooley should in no way be on the hot seat given what he inherited in Knoxville) 

Andrew Gribble and Dave Hooker, who write for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, speculated Thursday on the “Newsmakers with Tim Bryant” show about exactly how warm Dooley’s seat was getting. Dooley’s mother, Barbara, who also has a show on the Athens radio network which broadcasts “Newsmakers”, was apparently listening and didn’t like what she heard. Barbara then drove down to the station to give the two a piece of her motherly mind.

She just about kicked the door in,” Bryant said.

You can listen to the audio of the show HERE, but below is part of the exchange:

Dooley: “I want to ask you guys something. Back when I was in coaching with my husband [former UGA coach Vince Dooley], 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]

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

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

Dooley: “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?”

Dooley: “Yeah, I heard them!”

Hooker: “I didn’t say that.”

Dooley: “Oh, come on, get out of here! You’ve got Mama’s rile up now, buddy.”

It’s pretty entertaining radio, but I wonder how embarrassed Derek Dooley was with the whole exchange. For the record, Tennessee lost to Georgia 20-12, but I still don’t think Dooley needs to be placed on the hot seat yet.

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19 Responses to “Dooley’s mother ‘riled up’ over hot seat comments”
  1. trbowman says: Oct 8, 2011 11:04 AM

    Dooley’s a good coach, UT would be stupid to fire him after just a few seasons.

  2. gr8whte says: Oct 8, 2011 11:22 AM

    Those orange pants alone should warrant the hot seat

  3. pjduffey says: Oct 8, 2011 11:55 AM

    Dooley seems to be making good progress and I think it would be foolish and short-sighted to fire him now (or even talk about the “hot seat” which only makes his job as a recruiter and coach more difficult).

    Then again, Tennessee did fire one of the classiest men in college football (who also, btw, won them a NC) and replaced him with Lame Kiffin. They reaped what they sowed on that one.

    The SEC is rough. Give Dooley a few years to repair the damage Lame did.

  4. waynefontes says: Oct 8, 2011 12:34 PM

    I scrolled down without reading and saw the names Hooker and Bryant and thought this was a story about good old Dez.

    It would be insane to get rid of Dooley right now. Give him a few years, firing him now would keep the program stuck in neutral.

    Tyler Bray looks like the real deal, and they have a good core of young players.

    I thought they should’ve considered Mike Leach both times they were looking for a coach, but I can see why they wouldn’t go down that road.

    I’d like to see what Leach could do in the SEC.

    It’s going to take a while to get things right. Let’s see what Dooley can do.

  5. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 1:13 PM

    You go, Mama Dooley!!!!! Woo-hoo!!!!!!

  6. dcroz says: Oct 8, 2011 1:27 PM

    Unless Dooley is caught in bed with a live boy or a dead girl (to borrow the ol’ political phrase) he isn’t going anywhere this year. Firing him would give the Vols their fourth coach in five seasons, and who in their right minds that would be any better would want to set foot anywhere near Knoxville if they did? If Dooley can’t get at least four seasons to turn the total mess around that he inheirited, why would even someone like Urban Meyer or Mike Leach think they would?

    On another note, I hate that Dooley forbid his mom from being a regular guest on the Paul Finebaum Show during the college football season. She was easily one of the most entertaining people he had on there; her exchange up above is just a sampling. She sounds like your grandmother who has a load of opinions, isn’t afraid to give them, and doesn’t give a boatload of damns about what anyone thinks about it. Maybe he’ll have his big-boy britches on tight enough next year to let her back on.

  7. cosanostra71 says: Oct 8, 2011 3:09 PM

    Lol @ the South

  8. be4bama says: Oct 8, 2011 5:09 PM

    Dooley to Georgia may be sooner than later.

  9. Deb says: Oct 8, 2011 5:16 PM

    cosanostra71 says:

    Lol @ the South


    La Cosa Nostra, we are colorful … and no horses have to lose their heads for it 😉

  10. pricecube says: Oct 9, 2011 1:34 PM

    I know I am a tiny minority that feels this way but Lane Kiffin at least beat some decent SEC teams. He crushed Georgia and South Carolina. He barely lost by one point to Bama and kept the Fla game close as well.

    Dooley has beaten NO ONE outside of UAB(2 OT!), Memphis, UT Martin, Vanderbilt, Montana etc. Anyone could consistently coach UT to victories over this level of competition. Dooley’s mother is an idiot. “Florida… HE(?) walks into talent just oozing out of his ears.” His name is Will Muschamp dummy… and if Muschamp walked into such a golden situation it sure didn’t show against Bama or LSU. Florida was eviscerated by both. To put this in simple terms Mark Richt is probably fired after this year barring a miracle. I am sure Barbara Dooley hears from UGA fans unhappy with Richt quite often. Dooley is 0-2 against Richt. I was hoping we would go after Gus Malzahn after Lane Kiffin left.

    Looks like we will be stuck with Dooley for a while… so good luck to him, but I believe he is out of his depth. A losing record in the WAC does not prepare one for a head coaching position in the SEC. Were it not for his last name I don’t think he would have been considered. He was a desperation hire. Who knows, maybe Peyton will come back and pick up the pieces after retirement.

  11. pricecube says: Oct 9, 2011 2:45 PM

    This article sums it up nicely…

  12. Deb says: Oct 10, 2011 12:21 AM

    Well, pricecube, I’ll say this: Little Lanie Kiffin was colorful. Derek Dooley–despite his pants–is pretty bland. Doubt you’ll see him hanging around the Honey Wagon. And he probably won’t lead you into damnation with the NCAA, either. That’s a good thing.

    Give the guy time to do his own recruiting. It’s not fair to put an NCAA coach on the hot seat after one and a half seasons. He’s still playing with someone else’s talent choices.

    And sorry, but I wouldn’t intentionally give outkickthecoverage the click.

  13. waynefontes says: Oct 10, 2011 9:13 AM

    Tyler Bray is out and the Vols have to play LSU, Alabama and South Carolina..

    Uh oh…………

  14. pricecube says: Oct 10, 2011 3:50 PM


    Don’t forget Arkie after that… 0 for October looks very likely followed by Arkansas… I predict 4 straight losses. We may even lose to Vandy this year in which case you better believe that seat is gonna be hot.

  15. pricecube says: Oct 10, 2011 4:01 PM


    He seems like a nice guy… but so was Mike Shula. When the fanbase @ TN gets as sick of losing as Bama did maybe we will get a decent coach.

  16. Deb says: Oct 10, 2011 5:49 PM

    @pricecube …

    Mike Shula is a nice guy (must take after his mother) and a good quarterbacks coach. (Now that Saban’s into his fifth season, I’m finally able to admit these positive things without gagging.) But we hired Shula more because he was a good Catholic churchgoer than because he was a qualified coach. After our other Mikes–Dubose and Price–we needed a guy we were fairly certain would sleep in his own bed at night and would pick up only food from the table. Shula fit that bill. Unfortunately, he did not have the skill to be a head coach–which is why he’s been nothing but a quarterbacks coach since leaving us. Even if he doesn’t work out long-term for the Vols, I really think Dooley has more on the ball than Shula did.

  17. pricecube says: Oct 10, 2011 11:33 PM


    I remember Shula having at least one 10-2 season. I would be shocked if Dooley ever pulls that off… shocked and thrilled… Here’s to hope… but realistically I give one or two more years of beating Vandy/MTSU/Montana/UAB caliber teams and losing to UGA/Bama/Fla… the meat and potatoes of an SEC season. Admit it, you wouldn’t have a lot of patience for a guy who was sub .500 in the WAC coaching Alabama. Tennessee has $100 million athletic program… They have the 2nd largest stadium in the country. While they may not have as many NC’s as Bama the have a long tradition and storied program. It is crazy to me that they hired a guy for 2.5 mill with nothing on his resume other than his last name. If you gave me 2.5 mill I honestly believe I could do a better job. I’d give a million to Gus Malzahn on top of his OC salary and a million to Kirby Smart to pad his DC salary. I would pocket the other half a mill and play Joe Pa up in the box… except I would drink a lot more. Tell me I couldn’t beat the same teams Dooley has… honestly I think we would be a lot better… sorry don’t listen to me … I am so full of shit.

  18. pricecube says: Oct 10, 2011 11:42 PM

    All that said good luck to Dooley… I don’t want him to keep losing I just don’t think he has what it takes to win.

  19. Deb says: Oct 11, 2011 12:01 PM

    ROFL … that was a great rant!! I’d have to check but I’m pretty sure we gave more than 2.5 mill to a guy with nothing on his resume other than his last name 😀 But yes, Shula did have some success for us as well as a lot of failure. In my mind, Nick’s the first serious coach we’ve had since Gene Stallings retired. He changed our fortunes in a snap.

    Guess I cut Dooley slack because he comes from the Saban coaching tree, so I think “Tomlin”–the untested go-getter who learned from a great coach and is ready to apply that knowledge. But Tomlin came out of his corner swinging, and Dooley hasn’t. Pains me to say it, but Kiffin did give us a run for the money during our championship season. Yeah, I can definitely understand why you’re frustrated.

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