Derek Dooley’s biggest problem

Optics.

Hart may not be talking, but he surely saw the 35,000 to 40,000 Alabama fans in the stands on Saturday night and that the UT portion of the crowd exited by the close of the third quarter.

When your athletic department is already swimming in red ink the last thing you want a national television audience to see is your stadium filled with Bama crimson rather than Clorox Orange.

At that point you begin to wonder if replacing your coach is more a matter of “can you afford not to” than the other way around.

I’m not sure November is going to be good enough to turn that around.  Ending Kentucky’s one-game winning streak isn’t very sexy.

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16 responses to “Derek Dooley’s biggest problem

  1. I hope this shows up this time.

  2. tbia

    Think they ever wish they hadn’t pulled that whole Fire Phil Fulmer fiasco?

    /

    • Normaltown Mike

      Some still regret it. But with the Punkin, UT would still be stuck in 2nd tier SEC East land.

      Remember that the zenith of UT success occurred while they were the ONLY school in the SEC that allowed student athletes to withdraw from classes below full-time status but remain on the team. Since the SEC changed that rule, UT has not been a serious threat for anything.

  3. PatinDC

    A win over USC would help him out a bit. I am going to root for that.

  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    I don’t know any more than anybody else, but I get the impression from the UT folks who can manage to talk about football that the Derek Dooley Experiment has reached its conclusion.

    Maybe Derek can go back to practicing law and write a book about his daddy’s contribution to the hiring of Ray Goff.

  5. Governor Milledge

    I seriously think that SC has a shot at taking UT’s historical spot in the East hierarchy… Tennessee as a state has a very weak recruiting basis, forcing coaches to go outside of the state to acquire talent.

    South Carolina seems to be producing much more top tier talent (e.g. Rock Hill) and is just as accessible to Atlanta and much more accessible to South Georgia/Florida than Tenn. Everything else being equal (besides history/tradition), what does UT bring to the table that SC doesn’t? Both fanbases are also equally obnoxious/irrationally exuberant.

  6. AthensHomerDawg

    Ya know SOD was injured on the job. What are the rules per firing an injured state employee? Me thinks the bamboo warrior lawyer may be working the angles here. ;-)

    • Cojones

      What’s the payout on medical retirement from a 3M job? Probably enough to set up a fine law office with full staff to begin with.

  7. Lrgk9

    Yah, Permanent disability from being a Head Coach. Pay at 50-75% for LIFE. Provided of course, he leaves the coaching profession permanently (pretty good chance o that – ceptin’ maybe Virginia)