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Tennesee LB suffers season-ending ACL tear too

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Overlooked, at least slightly, with all the distractions of whether Derek Dooley will keep his job is the fact that Tennessee’s also had really cruddy luck on the injury front. The latest example is linebacker Curt Maggitt, who suffered an awful-looking knee injury during Saturday’s loss to Missouri.

Unfortunately, Dooley confirmed the worst fears on Monday. Maggitt is out for the year with a torn ACL.

Maggitt (pictured left) ranked 10th on the team in total tackles with 30 tackles. He also had a pair of sacks and forced fumbles. Just terrible luck.

As for Dooley’s daily job status update? The coach said that athletic director Dave Harthad not made a decision. Either the sources were wrong or Dave wasn’t being forthright.” Dooley added he didn’t believe Hart was lying to him. Multiple Tennessee beat outlets reported over the weekend that Dooley’s fate was essentially sealed, and that is was only a matter of when the announcement of his termination was made.

Dooley’s comments can’t come as a surprise and one would imagine that’s going to be the tone until the proverbial trigger is pulled. If it’s pulled.

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14 Responses to “Tennesee LB suffers season-ending ACL tear too”
  1. hovenaut says: Nov 12, 2012 1:22 PM


  2. xaf605 says: Nov 12, 2012 3:40 PM


  3. pricecube says: Nov 12, 2012 5:43 PM

    Tennessee has been in the SEC for 80 yrs. Before Dooley arrived Tennessee had 174 SEC losses in 77 yrs… averaging about 2.25 losses a yr. In the three years of Dooley’s tenure they have had 18 losses or an average of 6 per year… but this year is not done. They went 3-5 in Dooley’s “year zero”, as he called it. They went 1-7 last year with a lone win in overtime at home against Vanderbilt. He celebrated afterward like he had won the Superbowl proclaiming on film, “The one thing Tennessee always does is kick the sh-t out of Vanderbilt.” I guess we will find out if that is true or not this Saturday… or maybe Dooley can go for 0-8 this year in the SEC. If I were a gambler my money would be on Vanderbilt.

    Dooley will make a total of 12 million dollars from his tenure at Tennessee if he is let go after this season. Assuming he does not win another game that will be 3 million dollars per SEC win. He was defiant in his press conference. He has the gall to state that the fan base is full of “negativity” and complains about how hard this is for his family. 12 million is more than most people would make in several lifetimes. He has earned that much in three years for piss poor performance as a football coach. I do not feel sorry for him at all. I only wish the buyout could be canceled for breach of contract.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 12, 2012 8:33 PM

    Pricecube, that makes two of you guys that are becoming known for pulling stories and quotes out of your own arse.

    Dooley has not been “complaining” about fan “negativity.” Thats not even spin, its an outright lie.
    What Dooley has said about the fans again was an answer to a direct question, after the Bama game ….”the fans are mad and upset, and they have a right to be…you cant expect 100.000 cheering in the stands on Saturday and then be happy when you’re not getting the results.”

    And what he said today re: his family was an honest answer to a DIRECT question. What do you want him to do, take the 5th, or lie? He said “the hardest thing is the family… the hardest thing is when they are seeing things that are contrary to what their dad’s telling them..its tough but its part of the profession and we have to deal with it, thats how it is.” That is at 4:34 of today’s press conference if you care to revisit it and retract your lies.

    And where do you get this “defiant” bullcrap? Dooley was as congenial today as he always is, so how the hell can you say he was “defiant” in a 20 minute long QnA, especially when he doesn’t have to do these media sessions anyway… they are a courtesy to the fans and the media, nothing in his contract that says he has to put himself in the spotlight and subject himself to these daily grillings. And we’ve all see Kiffin, Saban, Muschamp, and Spurrier being defiant with the media so you are just flat out full of crap.

    Dooley may be the worst gameday coach in Tennessee history, but he is a gentleman and has represented the school with a lot of class. You sound more like an Alabama fan intent on smearing the man with distortions and outright fabrication. Now I see why you are such pals with that other guy. I think my comment about you sitting in his lap and posting all this nonsense was spot on.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 12, 2012 8:39 PM

    LOL Ben or somebody feel free to remove these Youtube vids, dont know why the actual links dont copy over.

    Anyway, a simple search for “Derek Dooley Media Session (11/12/12)” will get you to the video in question.

  6. Ben Kercheval says: Nov 12, 2012 8:49 PM

    Just removed the video links for ya, hound.

  7. pricecube says: Nov 12, 2012 11:45 PM


    Maybe I saw defiance when it was not there … The whole situation sucks.

    I never thought this guy would work out as a coach but that does not mean I did not want him to.

    I just have trouble feeling sorry for the guy when he is so incredibly well compensated for what I consider very poor work.

  8. jimbo75025 says: Nov 12, 2012 11:45 PM




    You both have valid points. Dooley seems like a nice enough guy-would I mind having him as my next door neighbor-nope.

    That being said, as price points out, he has been the head coach for a historically successful program now for basically three seasons (this season is all but over in reality if not by schedule) and has not delivered.

    Fans gave him a chance-as I posted previously, he in my estimation had more goodwill coming into the job than I recall for any coach in any sport there, Dooley simply did not deliver. When your first season is your best one and your team has regressed the next 2 seasons, there are few if any schools in the SEC which would retain such a coach. Dooley will be well compensated for Mike Hamilton’s mistake and would be wise to refrain from any complaining or anything of that nature when the axe does fall-he is in a profession where success is expected and he has failed.

  9. pricecube says: Nov 12, 2012 11:59 PM


    Well said! That is pretty much how I see it as well … and perhaps I am a little bitter over the last three… make that five… seasons. I hope things get better soon.

  10. pricecube says: Nov 13, 2012 12:15 AM

    I realized why Dooley strikes me as defiant.

    I get the feeling watching him talk that he really thinks he deserves at least one more year… and at this point I do not see how even his own mother could honestly believe that.

  11. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 13, 2012 1:22 AM

    “I get the feeling watching him talk that he really thinks he deserves at least one more year…”

    No, what you see is a guy who is uncertain about his future, loves his team, is passionate about his job, and has worked his ass off to try and do the best job he knows how. There is no slacker in Derek Dooley. He gets high marks on most areas but has failed in the most important one…. winning. He’s just not ready for the job, not at this level.

    He’s a lame duck, Hart has left him twisting in the wind and probably has told Dooley he’ll be back next year… that wouldn’t surprise me at all UT is so screwed up, but its pretty obvious there’s a political blockade up to prevent that from happening so we have this….uncertainty, doubt, and despair.

    I like Dooley, he’s exactly what UT has needed and I’ll miss the guy. He just cant coach.

  12. jimbo75025 says: Nov 13, 2012 7:47 AM

    houndofthebaskervols says:
    Nov 13, 2012 1:22 AM

    I like Dooley, he’s exactly what UT has needed and I’ll miss the guy. He just cant coach.
    Yes, Dooley is what UT needed in the sense that they needed someone with a public persona of at least somewhat ethical behavior. After the Kiffin fiasco, it has been good to be able to turn on ESPN for the last three years and not see some story about UT breaking this or that rule.

    That being said, Dooley knew that this was his “make or break” year going in. How many people would consider this year and having a struggle ahead to even get to the Toilet Bowl a success? Hopefully soon the day will come when I can take my UT gear out of storage.

  13. mogogo1 says: Nov 13, 2012 10:42 AM

    He’d already lost too much prior to the Mizzou game to retain his job, but that was the final nail in Dooley’s coffin. Once it’s apparent you’re completely desperate, making irrational decisions just hoping something works, you’re a goner. At home against Mizzou, he goes for it on 4th down in the first part of an OT? Sure, maybe if it is 4th and goal from the 1, but they were around the 20 and it was 4th and 3. He showed zero confidence in his defense to stop Mizzou, zero regard for what the averages and probabilities of the situation were. Just a totally desperate, stupid move.

  14. jimbo75025 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:49 PM

    mogogo1 says:
    Nov 13, 2012 10:42 AM
    At home against Mizzou, he goes for it on 4th down in the first part of an OT? Sure, maybe if it is 4th and goal from the 1, but they were around the 20 and it was 4th and 3

    Considering the state of the UT kicking game, 4th and 3 may have been a higher percentage play than a 35 yard or so FG attempt !

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