Banishing Aaron Douglas from the southeastern United States and then watching him sign with a hated rival? Hey, it’s all good for Derek Dooley, master of spin.
“First of all, I wanted to release him,” Dooley said. “I didn’t want to deny a release, which is what we normally do. But I thought he needed to get away and I thought it was good for our team that he wasn’t close by, so I thought everybody benefited — that we just get away from the deal for a little bit. And I think it worked out well for our team and it worked out well for Aaron, so everybody should be happy.”
Dude, let’s be straight here – you forced the kid out and did it on terms where you hoped he’d sign with some school nobody in these parts would ever see. Instead, Douglas called your bluff and you’ll have the pleasure of facing him next year.
It should make for a great story on the recruiting trail… for Nick Saban. That should make Dooley happy, too.