Remember When Derek Dooley Had a Hot Seat to Sit On?
In August of 2012 I broke down what I anticipated to be the 10 Biggest Storylines in the SEC. This is the second of ten looks back at those topics.
Storyline 9: Derek Dooley’s Hot Seat
In August I offered the following sentiments regarding Derek Dooley:
- While I really like the idea of Derek Dooley, I hate that he’s at Tennessee where no Dooley ever should be and I still think he might be in a little over his head.
- Dooley arrived in Knoxville as the third coach in three years – a sure sign of failure, but he came carrying optimism, passion and a general congeniality with the fans. Unfortunately what is “likeable” to fans has not equated to on-field success – as of yet.
- If Dooley doesn’t win 7 or more games this season he can pack his stuff and get his mom to send out his résumé. But, I’m not sure that 7 (or even 8) wins guarantee Dooley a return.
If my standard was the one that Tennessee used (and it probably should have been), then Dooley made things easy on the administration. After beating what was supposed to be a respectable NC State team 35-21 and dismantling an FCS foe (Georgia State), Tennessee found a spot in the top-25 poll and all my East Tennessee pals took to Facebook and Twitter to announce the vomit-colored orange return to prominence.
The next week Tennessee lost by 17 at home to Florida. Then they gave up 26 points (albeit in a win) to Akron. Dooley and company then reeled off a string of losses to top-25 teams (Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, South Carolina). The horror wasn’t over. They needed late heroics to beat Troy 55-48. They lost to Missouri 51-58 in overtime. The Vols lost by 33 points to Vanderbilt. Ultimately a win against Kentucky gave the Volunteers a fifth win.
It was bad. Very bad. But out of that filth came Jon Gruden. Just kidding. Of course he didn’t come. I bet Derek Dooley wishes he still had a hot seat to sit on. Now he’s a rambling man.
Who’s on the hot seat this year?
That’s all I got/