Derek Dooley

Derek Dooley is now with the Dallas Cowboys (Knoxville News Sentinel photo)

KNOXVILLE, TennesseeDerek Dooley offered some interesting comments in one of his most extensive interviews since he was fired at Tennessee last December.

Dooley spoke by phone with the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald, his hometown newspaper.

Here are some excerpts:

“I did what most coaches do. They get rid of the old gear and put on the new gear, so I’m wearing the blue and the silver and the Dallas star. I’m enjoying anonymity. That’s probably the best thing about it. … I’m used to talking to 30 people a day for five days a week. Now I get one about every three months.”

“You’re never prepared for sitting there and you don’t have a job and you’re not sure what to do. The most important thing I had to do was heal because it’s very difficult when you don’t achieve what you wanted to achieve when you had a job. I spent the month of December trying to get myself right and get myself in order.”

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