Among his other skills, Derek Dooley displays an exquisite sense of denial with this quote:
… Dooley is also a strong proponent of sanctions and/or penalties following the coach who commits them, especially when that coach leaves for another school. In other words, if the NCAA finds that Kiffin and his staff were guilty of any wrongdoing, then they’re the ones who should have to pay the heaviest price.
“I think that’s something they need to look at,” Dooley said. “That’s not right, when coaches can leave and start over and the institution gets hit. That needs to be examined.”
So does Mike Hamilton’s head, but I doubt that’s happening any time soon.
However reprehensible Junior & Company’s behavior may turn out to be once fully vetted, let’s not try to act like the school was some innocent bystander which just happened to be hanging around the crime scene. Tennessee knew what it was getting with Ed Orgeron. Nobody expressed concern about the hiring of Steve Rubio. Everybody was fine with the Laner’s antics when he insisted they were planned.
Those hooker-now-claims-she-was-a-rape-victim stories tend to be a hard sell.
But that’s only half of the story. Dooley wasn’t exactly buying a pig in a poke when he took the Tennessee job. He’s a bright guy. Assuming he’s read even half the press about Kiffin that I have, he knew what was going on and he knows that Hamilton empowered Junior. So the righteous indignation really isn’t very convincing here.