I wonder if Cuonzo Martin is starting to feel the influence of the Dooley Effect.
Remember, Derek Dooley was Tennessee’s football coach for only three seasons before it was determined that mediocrity was unacceptable and he was fired. For those keeping score, Martin is in his third season as Vols basketball coach, and his team simply is not playing up to expectations.
College coaches in major sports used to get at least four seasons to prove themselves. It was considered only fair. That way, they could get their own recruits into the program and chart their course.
Those days are gone. By Year 3, you’re on the clock.
Just as Dooley’s 2012 UT football team began to collapse with a 37-20 home loss to Florida, I wonder if the Vols’ horrible performance in a 67-41 debacle at Florida on Saturday was an aberration or a hint that more struggles lie ahead for Martin’s team.
Games like the one at Gainesville expose UT’s shortcomings. With three seniors and two juniors in the starting li...