Found November 19, 2012 on
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The four-year rule was never official. It was never written or codified in any meaningful way. It was just one of those understandings. A new college football coach needed some time to recruit and develop his players and reshape the culture of a program in his own image.
The rule of thumb was always four years. By then seniors would have played every college down under one coachs leadership, and boosters would have a good idea what sort of man they had on their hands.
Win in four or hit the door, was the saying back in the day.
Now its Win in one or you might be done.
That is a bit of an exaggeration, but no one doubts that the grace period for new coaches has grown precipitously shorter over the years.
Derek Dooley is just the latest example. Forget the mess Dooley inherited after Lane Kiffins inglorious single season in Knoxville, and forget the facilities upgrades Tennessee needed in order for the Vols to compete in the high-stakes SEC recruiting wars (upgrades that wer...
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee has fired football coach Derek Dooley after he posted losing seasons in each of his three years.
The 44-year-old Dooley posted a 15-21 record that sorely lacked quality wins over conference foes. Dooley was 4-19 in Southeastern Conference games and 0-15 against Top 25 teams. Tennessee is 1-14 in the SEC over the last two years.
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7...
Toby Johnson is one of the top defensive JUCO prospects in the country, and even though the highly-sought after defensive tackle had his season shortened by a torn ACL, he continues to be coveted by more than a few Division I programs—one of which is the University of Georgia. While the Bulldogs have made it known to Johnson that their interest in him is high—injury or no injury—Johnson...
The Derek Dooley era at Tennessee is over. The school fired Dooley from his job as Volunteers head football coach on Sunday, one day after losing to Vanderbilt. The school plans a press conference at 2:00 pm ET about the move.
Dooley was 4-7 in 2012, with 0 wins in the SEC. He was 15-21 overall in his three years as Vols' HC, and 4-19 in conference play. He won't be coaching ...
Covering Dixie Like Mildew
Eight is Enough.
The SEC names Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel freshman of the week for the eighth time this season. (The Bryan-College Station Eagle)
Taking a stance?
Manziel leads Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o in USA Today's latest survey of 37 Heisman Trophy voters.
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Tennessee has fired football coach Derek Dooley after he posted
losing seasons in each of his three years.
In a move that surprised few around college football, Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart announced Sunday that Derek Dooley has been fired as the Vols head football coach. Dooley will not coach Tennessee’s final game of the season Saturday against Kentucky.
Hart and the Tennessee athletic department sent out a release Sunday morning which said the following:
Covering Dixie Like Mildew
There's a possibility, but no chance.
Pat Dooley looks at Florida's chances at playing for the BCS title. And stop giggling. (The Gainesville Sun)
Dig Your Own Hole.
The Tennessee athletic department is suspending $6 million in financial contributions to the school's academic scholarships and programs in order to deal with budget...
If you had Duke head football David Cutcliffe in your pool for who Tennessee will pick to replace Derek Dooley you can forget about it. Cutcliffe has announced he's staying at Duke for at least another year.
"After leading Duke to its first bowl berth since 1994, coach David Cutcliffe isn’t going anywhere.
"I can tell you right now that I'm going to be coaching...
There could be a bidding war for the services of “that guy,” Jon Gruden.
The Monday Night Football color man is the top pick for the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports. Tennessee fired their head coach, Derek Dooley, on Sunday. Arkansas is also interested in the former Raiders and Buccaneers coach. Current Razorbacks’ head coach, John...
Just Les Miles speaking in tounges
Things went HAM Saturday night in college football [SBNation]
The SEC Championship game is the title game play-in at this point [AJC]
Vandy drops anchor (see what I did there) on Tennessee [Anchor of Gold]
That’ll be all for Derek Dooley [UTSports]
A proper ode to the end of Dooley [EDSBS]