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

Derek Dooley After Tennessee Win: The One Thing We Always Do Is Kick the **** Out of Vandy

Here I was thinking Derek Dooley was some Shakespeare quoting intellectual, only to find out he’s actual a real life dude when the media isn’t around.

After his Vols beat Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime Saturday for their first conference win of the season, Dooley led his team in a locker room celebration. At the end of his speech, he dropped a now-infamous quote: “The last thing that I’m going to remind you before we sing, is that the one thing Tennessee always does is kick the s*** out of Vandy.”

Here’s the video as shared by Outkick the Coverage:

Whoever took that video and uploaded it to YouTube is probably in trouble. That’s the type of video that’s not intended for the public. However, it is awesome, and because of that, we felt like we needed to share it.

Think Vandy won’t remember this when the teams meet in the future? And what does it say about Tennessee? There was once a day where they ruled the SEC East, and now they’re celebrating their only conference win against a below average team. How the mighty have fallen.

Here is audio of Dooley’s locker room speech:

Derek Dooley Bans Mother Barbara from Paul Finebaum Radio Show

Barbara Dooley was once a regular guest on the Paul Finebaum Show, which is one of the most popular SEC radio shows in the country.  Although her husband is a Georgia Hall of Fame coach and her son is the head coach at the University of Tennessee, Barbara’s weekly appearances were highly anticipated by fans from all regions within the SEC.  Her hilarious sense of humor and warm southern charm have made her into one of the most popular women in Tennessee.

Now that Derek Dooley has forbidden her from appearing on Finebaum’s show, SEC fans will be missing out.  Barbara confirmed to Outkicking the Coverage on Monday that Derek had banned her from the show because he doesn’t like that she speaks without a filter and believes she is hurting Tennessee’s recruiting.

The real question is whether or not Barbara could actually be hurting the Vols’ recruiting process or her son is just embarrassed.  Keep in mind this is the woman who shared with the public that she once answered the door for her husband in the nude and told him, “Play me or trade me, coach.”  She also let listeners know that her nickname for Derek is “Precious.”  Derek was a tight end in college at Virginia and his mother once made up bumper stickers that read “Throw the ball to Precious” and sent them to the starting quarterback who was also Derek’s roommate.

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Renaldo Woolridge aka Swiperboy Makes ‘Teach Me How to Dooley’ Rap Video

Renaldo Woolridge is a member of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team.  He’s also apparently an aspiring rap artist that goes by the name Swiperboy.  Renaldo recently decided he’s not ready to let the Dougie sensation die out just yet.  Guys like Spencer Hawes, John Wall, and Drew Stanton did their best to keep the Dougie going over the last year but it has since died out a bit.  Swiperboy has decided Tennessee coach Derek Dooley deserves his own song, so here it is.  Check out the Renaldo Woolridge “Teach Me How to Dooley” video, courtesy of Outkick the Coverage:

Considering Dooley is a coach who gave his players a Shakespeare speech I doubt he’s a big fan of the Dougie.  It’s important for me to admit that I don’t understand anything that’s going on in this movie.  We just thought you guys might find it entertaining.

Derek Dooley Quotes Shakespeare’s Richard III to Teach Vols a Lesson

As if student-athletes didn’t already have a tough enough time with their studies in the classroom, now we have coaches referencing historical plays from the late-1500s on the field.

Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley apparently read from a selection of William Shakespeare’s Richard III after practice Wednesday. His purpose was to send a message about attention to detail, and how even the smallest mistakes can have crippling effects.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel explains it well:

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Derek Dooley Fits the Leavitt, Mangino Mold Perfectly

Tennessee shocked many people by hiring Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley as their replacement for Lane Kiffin. Obviously none of us can predict the future so it would wrong of us to pronounce the hiring a failure, but we do know that there were plenty of coaches out there who had more impressive resumes. Tennessee did not hire any of those coaches and really screwed up by botching the David Cutcliffe talks. Outside of his last name and where he came from, we don’t know much about Derek Dooley. Early signs however point to him fitting the Jim Leavitt mold perfectly. Check out this video from The Wiz of Odds:

Yeah, I’m sure that video will go over well given the current climate in college football. All you have to do is look at a player wrong and that’s grounds for firing someone these days. No surprise Vols fans have already come to Dooley’s defense for slapping the player in that game via YouTube’s comments. Well this will be an exciting ride and forgive me if I feel the Vols will be far from a national contender, much less SEC East contender in the next five years.