Found November 22, 2011 on Vanderbilt Sports Line:
Franklin noted that he was familar with the Wake Forest program given his time in the ACC. CJF noted that Wake is 56-22 when scoring 24 or more points. Franklin on Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley's post-game locker room comments regarding the Volunteers' success against the Commodores. Franklin's response is classic: "We'll talk about it next year a lot. We'll watch it as many times as we need to watch it. That's a wound I'm going to leave open for a year and we'll discuss it next year. I look at that as respect. Some people act like they won a Super Bowl when they beat a team that the previous two years they won two games. Obviously we are closing the gap and making some people uncomfortable." (Emphasis added). A fitting jab from Franklin, and an indication (to me) of how far Tennessee has dropped in a relatively recent period of time. Turns out, Clay Travis might be right. On tough losses at Vanderbilt: "The tough losses at Vanderbilt st...

Derek Dooley talks about that Tennessee victory celebration video.

The video of Tennessee's post-Vanderbilt locker-room victory celebration has taken the internet by storm. Naturally, some enterprising reporter brought it up to the Vols' head football coach, Derek Dooley during his Monday post-game press conference. The fun starts around the 1:24 mark. His Hairness didn't apologize directly for that four letter word you wouldn...

Derek Dooley has a potty mouth.

Tennessee really hasn't had much to cheer about this season. The team has underperformed mostly due to the right thumb injury to star quarterback Tyler Bray and the Justin Hunter's season-ending ACL injury. So when the Vols manage to salvage their bowl game hopes and prevent a shutout against SEC opponents by defeating Vanderbilt 27-21, it's excusable if the team gets...

Derek Dooley Swagger Jacks Charlie Strong

This is Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and his team celebrating after their win over Vanderbilt on Saturday. Yes, Vanderbilt. Looks familiar doesn’t it?

Video: Putting things in perspective

Watch as Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley addresses the media as the Volunteers prepare to take a quick break for the Thanksgiving holiday before returning to preparations for their road trip to Kentucky. Be sure to come to for all your Volunteer video needs.

James Franklin on Tennessee’s Celebration: They’re Acting Like They Won the Super Bowl

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin heard about Tennessee’s locker room celebration Saturday, and he’s not happy about it. The Vols beat state rival Vandy 27-21 in overtime, and coach Derek Dooley celebrated by saying the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the **** out of Vandy. Franklin said on Monday that he had heard about [...]

Post Game: Vandy

Following a week of criticism from so-called “experts” and traitorous fans (I’m looking at you Clay Travis), Coach Derek Dooley sent a clear message to the 92,000 strong, on-hand Saturday night at Neyland, that he can turn “it” on at anytime he chooses. Tennessee as in the midst of a six game SEC “calculated losing” [...]

Watch “We DO NOT lose to VANDY” on YouTube

Last post regarding Vandy.  I hope.  James Franklin makes it easy. “That’s a wound that I’m going to leave open that’s not going to heal,” Franklin said. “We’ll leave it open for a year and we’ll discuss it next year.” Vanderbilt’s James Franklin rips Derek Dooley, Tennessee Vols | The Tennessean | Dooley quipped [...]

Black cloud lifted from Vols with win over Vandy

By Chris PriceFor KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Derek Dooley's Tennessee Volunteers were desperate for a win in the Southeastern Conference and James Franklin's Vanderbilt Commodores smelled blood in the water, but it just wasn't meant to be for the visiting team on senior night in Neyland Stadium on Saturday night. Dooley was 10-0 when leading at halftime...

Franklin ‘takes issue’ with Dooley’s postgame comments

In the locker room after Tennessee dropped Vanderbilt in a somewhat controversial finish Saturday, Vols head coach Derek Dooley was, shall we say, exuberant in addressing his team.  So exuberant, in fact, that he decided to make note of the fact that UT has utterly owned its in-state divisional “rival”. “The one thing that Tennessee…

Vols fighting again

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley addresses the media during his Monday press conference as the Volunteers prepare to square off with the Kentucky Wildcats.

My Parting Shots to James Franklin

  If you haven't noticed from the other articles here on Checkerboard Chatter, the attention and credit that has been given to James Franklin in his first year on the Vanderbilt sideline has me a bit worked up.  I've written columns here and here (and Eric L. Taylor wrote another here) about why Franklin has received undue praise and how his talk has generated a lot...

Football. Up Close: Inky Johnson

Former Tennessee defensive back Inky Johnson shares his story in this feature from the Vol Network's Derek Dooley Show. VIDEO

Vols reserve quartet suspended for finale

As Tennessee looks to reach bowl eligibility for the second straight year under Derek Dooley, backups to the Vols’ backups have taken a bit of a hit depth-wise thanks to some off-field “issues”. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that wide receiver Matt Milton, linebacker Robert Nelson and defensive backs Nick Branum and C.J. Fleming have been…

Tennessee postgame celebration fuels fire for next year’s Vanderbilt game

Vanderbilt already has bulletin board material for next year's game against Tennessee. After a controversial 27-21 overtime win by Tennessee, the Volunteers had an epic celebration in their locker room that someone filmed and later posted on YouTube for all to see — including Vandy coach James Franklin and his Commodores, who were still stewing over some botched calls by officials...

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Derek Dooley, Tyler Bray, Mark Richt, and more.

Classic photo from 1993. (Covering Dixie Like Mildew is the SWRT roundup of SEC news, with the occasional pesky Southern school from another ...
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