“… and has vowed to change the culture of the Volunteer program.”

As I sit here in my glass house, I only mention today’s Derek Dooley story in a limited context.

… Last week’s arrests weren’t the first major discipline problems in the past year or even during this offseason. Myles was arrested at a nightclub in April and charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Under former coach Lane Kiffin, three players were arrested after being accused of an attempted aggravated robbery at a Knoxville convenience store. Two of them – freshmen Nu’Keese Richardson and Mike Edwards – were dismissed from the team, pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were put on probation.

Kiffin’s predecessor, Phillip Fulmer, also struggled with discipline issues before being fired in November 2008. Players were arrested throughout Fulmer’s 16-year tenure, and eight were either arrested or disciplined in 2008 for violating team rules.

Assuming that this “culture” really matters to the UT fan base (admittedly, that’s not a given), how in the world does Mike Hamilton still draw a pay check from the University of Tennessee?  It’s at a point where all I can do is sit back and marvel at that.  And wish Mr. Dooley the best of luck.

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8 responses to ““… and has vowed to change the culture of the Volunteer program.”

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    Maybe Hamilton knows where the panties are buried?

  2. Puffdawg

    RE: criminal culture mattering, I thought the link was going to take me to this.

    http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=11494158

    Also, in searching for that I came across this bonus link…

    http://www.volnation.com/forum/tennessee-vols-football/85749-janzen-jackson-nukeese-richardson-arrested-76.html

    Perhaps this explains why Mike Hamilton is still employed in Knoxville.

  3. Dog in Fla

    “how in the world does Mike Hamilton still draw a pay check from the University of Tennessee?”

    Is it because he’s got too many kids to support? Same reason Bobo won’t get laid off at Georgia…

    http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/apr/03/hamilton-hosting-gala-to-get-the-word-out/

  4. This whole premise of coaches and players not being able to interact seems to be counter productive to the process of making men out of boys. I understand the limitations on organized practice, I really do, but what is the problem with having a coach interact with these kids on a daily basis while they work out “voluntarily”? Which leads me to this point…..

    While DVH may be a HOF S&C guy and a great role model, it has become obvious to me over the last few years that he is not a disciplinarian nor does he strike fear into the players. Scott Cochran sure seems to keep things in Tuscalooser pretty quiet these days. They have lost 2 games in two years. Are their kids better than our kids? Not so much. They obviously have more discipline and accountability over there…..or so it seems.

    Rant complete.

  5. Tim Rankine

    You’re either on the hot seat or you’re not, according to the laws of media whimsy.