No hard feelings, Derek.

You’re Nick Saban.  You’ve been grooming one of your top recruiters and position coaches to fill the Kirby Smart slot that will open up when some other school takes a shot at hiring Smart as its new head coach, only to see one of your former protegés step in and make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.  All that hard work, gone to waste.  Then, to top it off, he has the nerve to make you sound magnanimous about it.

“I told Nick when I called him that it was a hard call because it isn’t a Tennessee-Alabama deal. It was such a good opportunity professionally for Sal, and I know Nick has always been proud of the coaches that go on to bigger and brighter things because of the time they spent with him.

“I’m appreciative of what he gave me as a coach and I know Sal is appreciate of what he has given him as a coach. I was really pleased at how professionally he handled it. We have a friendship too, and that will never be compromised. It wasn’t about Tennessee taking anything from Alabama. It was a guy that has had a track record of great coaching over the last two decades and an opportunity that I think he has been wanting for a couple of years.”

Well, screw magnanimous.  You didn’t just win another national title by being magnanimous.  You won it because you’re the most ruthless bastard on the block.  There’s got to be something you can do to put young Dooley in his place.

This’ll do.

Tennessee won five football games this season.

Since then, the Volunteers have lost six assistant coaches.

Lance Thompson is the latest to leave UT, as the defensive line coach will return to Alabama, according to a source inside the Vols’ football program. The national champion Crimson Tide had a vacancy to fill on their staff after UT hired outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri as its defensive coordinator last week. Thompson’s departure gives Vols’ coach Derek Dooley three vacancies to fill.


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9 responses to “No hard feelings, Derek.

  1. JasonC

    SOB vs. SOD


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Once you refuse a favor to Don Corleone, he never asks again.


  3. Lrgk9

    Good one Jason LOL


  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    Apparently, SOD needs some extra time in a re-education camp.


  5. AthensHomerDawg

    Nicky is not to be messed with! The Alabama game at Neyland will be fun to watch.


  6. The Lone Stranger

    NEVER go against the Family —- Sal “The Bull” Sunseri should know such truths.


  7. 69Dawg

    The SEC has become the NFL. We just trade players and coaches like the big boys do.


  8. Russ

    All I know about Sal Sunseri is that Herschel posterized him in the Sugar Bowl after Sal was quoted in the paper about how he couldn’t wait to tackle Herschel.


  9. Cojones

    Man, this brings tears to my eyes. Such a great compliment to a friend who turns around to let you know he isn’t buying your chummy posturing. Sod, now with egg on his face is given one additional to suck.

    I thought that it was neat that a young coach would openly have fellacio with Saban; now the rejection must make him want to take refuge in an orange dog statue.