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Ex-Tennessee players rip Derek Dooley, call him a loser

Derek DooleyTo say that some former Tennessee players are not fond of Derek Dooley would be a massive understatement.

A number of ex-Vols had unpleasant things to say about Dooley while working a football camp over the weekend. Dooley went 15-21 over three seasons as head coach of Tennessee before being fired during the 2012 campaign — his third consecutive losing season.

Troy Fleming, Al Wilson and Corey Larkins were among the ex-Vols who helped out at Eddie Moore’s youth camp and participated in a Q&A Friday. When asked about Butch Jones turning around the program, the players took that as an opportunity to fire shots at Dooley.

Here are some of their comments via the Times Free Press:

“I just want to see some fight. I’ve seen our guys for the last few years not only get beat to the ground, but then the other players push up off their chest to go back to the huddle and our guys just got up and walked back to the huddle,” former running back Corey Larkins said. “I want to see some guys with some fight and defend the program. That mentality came from the guy we had before Coach Jones. Derek Dooley was a loser. He’ll always be a loser and he rubbed off on the program and created a losing attitude.”

Former Vols and Titans fullback Troy Fleming agreed with Larkins and said Dooley “did very little.”

“With Coach Jones, when you walk into the facility now it’s like you never left. The guys who have worked around the program for years are at ease now, which tells you things are good again. The biggest thing about Coach Jones is he actually does his job. Unlike that guy we call Derek Doolittle, who really did very little,” he said per the Free Press.

Wilson, who was a program icon and star linebacker for the Denver Broncos, was just as harsh on Dooley.

“I really don’t even want to say the names of the two guys who were there between Coach Fulmer and Coach Jones. They don’t deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football.”

Tell us how you really feel, folks.

Wilson unhappiness with the program is understandable. The guy led the Vols during their glory days in the ’90s. They went 45-5 during his four seasons. Dooley lost at least 7 games in each of his seasons.

Maybe the guys were ganging up because they were in a group and it was easy to bash Dooley, but this just reminds us how bad of a hire that was by Tennessee and how optimistic the players are about the future under Jones.

Helmet smack to Dr. Saturday

Female student accuses Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon of breaking her face with one punch

Joe MixonA female student at Oklahoma is accusing incoming freshman running back Joe Mixon of breaking her face in four places with one punch during an incident at a restaurant early Friday morning, according to a report.

No arrests have been made in the situation and police are only investigating the claims of the 20-year-old woman, The Oklahoman reports.

The newspaper spoke with the alleged victim, who said Mixon was “harassing” her and some of her friends at a cafe before the incident.

“He punched me one time. He broke my face in four places … my nose, my sinuses … they’re broken,” the alleged victim told The Oklahoman.

The woman is speaking out despite fear of backlash from the school’s football fans, saying she wants him to go to jail.

“That’s what he deserves,” she said. “I don’t care if he’s the star running back or not.”

Mixon was a highly-touted recruit out of Northern California. He committed to the Sooners in January after also considering UCLA, USC, Cal and Wisconsin.

Texas media guide typo leads to funny TexsaSports.com website

Texas had a major typo in the footer of their media guide where TexasSports.com is accidentally misspelled TexsaSports.com. As you could imagine, the internet took quick notice of the error and got to work.

First, here’s a look at the typo at the bottom of the page:

Texas media guide

Well, the Texas media guide told readers to visit TexsaSports.com, so an Oklahoma fan decided to take it upon himself to create a TexsaSports.com website poking fun at Texas:

Texsa Sports

TexsaSports.com — your one-stop shop for all things Longhorns sports.

Helmet smack to Eye on College Football

Georgia DT Jonathan Taylor kicked off team after allegedly choking girlfriend

Jonathan Taylor Georgia

Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor was kicked off the team Wednesday about three hours after he bonded out of jail for a felony assault/family violence charge.

According to police, Taylor, a redshirt sophomore, allegedly “choked and struck his girlfriend several times with a closed fist after an argument in a Georgia residence hall room early Tuesday morning.”

The police report says the girlfriend told police she was physically assaulted by Taylor.

According to the Savannah Morning News, the police report said the victim had “visible scratches and red marks to her neck and bruises on her arm and leg.” The reporting officer wrote he determined that Taylor “had offensively used his hands to choke her and had also struck her several times with a closed fist.”

Taylor was arrested by school police and held overnight until bonding out. He met with Georgia coach Mark Richt soon thereafter, and his dismissal from the program was later announced.

Taylor was also arrested in March for misdemeanor theft charges. He is the third Georgia defensive player kicked off the team this offseason.

Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bonner predicted his future with letter in 8th grade

Jonathan-Bonner-Notre-DameFreshman defensive end Jonathan Bonner committed to Notre Dame the day he received his scholarship offer last June. The decision was a no-brainer, as the Missouri native has dreamed about playing for the Irish since he was a kid. And he has the letter to prove it.

Bonner wrote himself an incredibly mature letter as he was wrapping up 8th grade and heading off to high school. The letter, which starts off “Dear self,” was written from the point of view of an 18-year-old Bonner speaking to himself with a parental tone. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end tweeted the proof back in May.

The full text of the letter is below, courtesy of the South Bend Tribune:

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Clint Trickett sends sexist tweet about women watching football

Clint-TrickettWest Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, who was recently named the starter by Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen, prefers to watch football surrounded only by men. How do we know this? Well, a tweet the senior sent last week pretty much says it all.

Trickett learned the hard way that everything a player does on social media is magnified when he sent a sexist tweet about watching football with girls. He later deactivated his Twitter account, but not before Deadspin captured a screenshot.

Clint-Trickett-tweet

Naturally, Trickett issued an apology on Tuesday night after his tweet went viral.

“I sent out a tweet on July 17 which was misunderstood,” he said, via Allan Taylor of MetroNews. “I apologize for any confusion that the tweet has caused. I never intended for it to be derogatory or hurtful, but rather a tongue-in-cheek comment, while watching a CFL football game with a female family member. Again, I am sorry that my tweet was misunderstood, and I will use a better choice of words in the future.”

Trickett pretty much lost the luxury of being able to say the tweet wasn’t derogatory when he used #TheseHoesAintLoyal. It was derogatory, and it was the exact reason coaches wish all of their players would just give up Twitter.

Steve Spurrier takes shot at Dabo Swinney over ‘different planets’ comment

Dabo-Swinney-Steve-SpurrierSteve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney probably do not like each other. The two coaches have never openly admitted that they dislike one another, but all the signs are there. At ACC media days on Monday, Swinney joked that he and Spurrier are “from different planets” when asked about their relationship.

“He’s from Pluto and I’m from Mars,” the Clemson coach joked.

Of course, Spurrier couldn’t let that one slide. When asked on Tuesday about Swinney’s quote, the 69-year-old had to point out how Swinney called Pluto a planet.

For those of you who don’t follow science (or know how to use Google), Pluto was known as the ninth planet before 2006 but is now classified as a dwarf planet. So while Swinney was correct in that Pluto is still a planet of some sort, Spurrier succeeded in making him look bad.

The Ole Ball Coach was also asked about Swinney rubbing it in his face last year that Clemson is the only team from South Carolina to win a BCS bowl game.

The South Carolina-Clemson rivalry is as good as it has ever been. The success of the two programs in recent years is the main reason for that, but the constant exchanging of jabs between Spurrier and Swinney is what really keeps us entertained.