While I’m on the subject of Bruce Feldman, he’s really opened up since he moved to CBS, also the home of Tony Barnhart. Unlike Mr. Conventional Wisdom, though, Feldman’s not afraid to lay out the criticism.
Could you imagine Barnhart ever writing something like this about SOD?
… Having said that, short of more NCAA trouble, I don’t believe they could pull the plug on Dooley after just two seasons given all of the turnover from the end of Fulmer — through Kiffin — to now. He has to get least get a third season. They hired him and he does have a hefty buyout. But it is looking very obvious that Dooley is in fact in over his head here.
This is a guy who didn’t even have a .500 record in the WAC, so for him to take over an elite SEC program looked really curious. I suspect there will be more turnover on the Vols staff this offseason than just WR coach Charlie Baggett. Dooley’s 0-17 against ranked teams all-time. If he doesn’t beat one or even two ranked teams next year, I have a feeling it won’t matter if he gets UT bowl eligible. It’s Tennessee. The Vols have a proud tradition, a huge stadium and a staff getting paid a lot of money. They’re also in the much easier side of the conference right now. They shouldn’t be content with bowl eligible.