Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tennessee’s Derek Dooley talks about post-game call from Dave Hart

Thumbnail image for derek-dooley-tennesssee-ncstate.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A day after falling to 0-5 in the SEC with a loss at South Carolina, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley got a phone call from his boss.

If a chill went down his spine on Sunday when Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart called, Dooley didn’t acknowledge it.

“I hadn’t talked to him after the game. We usually talk on Mondays. He wanted to make sure that I understood that he wasn’t going to be in Monday,” Dooley said. “We had our normal conversation about the game and what lies ahead.”

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Omari Phillips is suspended indefinitely, coach Derek Dooley says

omari-phillips.jpegKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Freshman defensive lineman Omari Phillips has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, our partner site GoVols247 reported today.

Phillips, who has not been seen in practice or games for at least several weeks, was previously said to be out due to academic issues.
“He’s not with the team right now,” Dooley told the website. “Omari’s sort of in a position in his life where things didn’t go his way, and he’s got to determine how to work his way out of it the right way, no matter where you are, and he’s not there yet.”

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley’s potential buyout: The raw numbers


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It’s no secret that Derek Dooley’s contract buyout is expensive.

But what about the rest of his staff?

We broke down the numbers in today’s News Sentinel. At a minimum, UT will owe $5.6 million. The total could grow by another $3.7 million depending on how quickly assistant coaches find jobs and how much they are paid in their new positions.

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Derek Dooley laughs off resignation rumor (with complete video of exchange)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Why is Derek Dooley talking about rumors that he almost resigned at the end of LAST season?
Well, I don’t really have a good answer for that, but here’s the background.
A report on MrSEC said that Dooley offered to resign after last season’s loss to Kentucky provided Tennessee paid his full $5 million buyout.

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Derek Dooley takes aim at Tyler Bray: How will Tennessee’s quarterback respond?

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Derek Dooley says Tyler Bray needs to “man up.”

On that point, the Tennessee quarterback agrees.

The fact that Bray and his head coach used identical language to describe his decision to skip Saturday’s post-game media session suggests there was probably a forceful conversation on Sunday about Bray’s absence.

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Tennessee-Alabama: 11 things about the Vols disappointing but not entirely unexpected performance


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Alabama’s 44-13 victory over Tennessee wasn’t flashy. But it so methodical, so dominating, so inevitable that Saturday night seemed especially discouraging.

Alabama has now beaten the Vols six times in a row, winning by exactly 31 points in each of the last three games.

The talent gap leaves little room for optimism in the immediate future.

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