Derek Dooley briefly emerges on Twitter, starts but doesn’t finish Top 10 list

derek-dooley-tennesssee-ncstate.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Social media has been all the rage in Knoxville since the hiring of new coach Butch Jones and his tech-savvy staff.

But while Jones and his coaches offer plenty of rah-rah optimism, what was missing was the wit and snark for which Twitter is known.

Enter former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, whose Twitter debut has been long awaited since he sent his first tweet shortly after being fired.

While Dooley’s first new tweets today got us off to a rousing start, he left us hanging only 10 percent into the countdown. 


UPDATE: No. 9 has been posted.


Read on for the Storified details…


[<a href=”http://knoxblogs.com/evanseleven/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/12/derek-dooley-on-twitter” target=”_blank”>View the story “Derek Dooley makes brief, humorous appearance on Twitter” on Storify</a>]<h1>Derek Dooley makes brief, humorous appearance on Twitter</h1><h2>A month after dismissal, former UT coach chimes in with joke, disappears</h2><p>Storified by <a href=”http://youtube.com/ewoodbery”>Evan Woodbery</a>· Fri, Dec 21 2012 16:04:11</p><div>Shortly after he was fired after three seasons as Tennessee’s head football coach, Derek Dooley started a Twitter account. He quickly accumulated followers, but posted only one time.</div><div>Coming soon…Derek Dooley</div><div>That changed today, when he promised to Tweet a top-10 list about his post-employment life.<br></div><div>Top 10 reasons to embrace (or fear) professional transition, and other things I’ve been doing the last month.Derek Dooley</div><div>The first joke was incredibly promising…</div><div>10. Joined the FFCA founded by some guy named Gruden. Shirt and visor free of charge. http://pic.twitter.com/4ATdW42cDerek Dooley</div><div>Then the tweets stopped. Several theories emerged:1. Dooley only had one joke ready and is working on the next nine.2. The countdown is scheduled to be released once per day for maximum effect.3. This isn’t really Derek Dooley.</div><div>this Derek Dooley Twitter account is a parody, right?Carter</div><div>Well, we can’t be 100 percent sure this is the real Derek Dooley. His account isn’t “verified” by Twitter, but two people I spoke with at UT said they are fairly certain this is really him. Dooley was known for his wit and sarcasm even during three rough seasons, so it’s not a stretch to think that with plenty of free time on his hands, Dooley could have some fun with social media. Now if we could only get to No. 9.</div>
One more thing: As of Friday night, Dooley had a quite respectable 36,344 followers. But he only followed four accounts: ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and….Mark Twain.

5 thoughts on “Derek Dooley briefly emerges on Twitter, starts but doesn’t finish Top 10 list

  1. vol4life

    Maybe Twitter suspended his account for suspicious activity. Ya know, since he posted 3 times as much stuff in 1 day as he did in the past 3 years.

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