Nowledge is gud.

SOD sounds like a broken record sometimes.  Care to guess what he’s talking about here?

“I was surprised at the end,’’ Dooley said. “I think that was something where a lot of the newness, it reared its ugly head and so we’ve worked through it and we’re having a good semester and that’s what matters is how you respond to it.’’

Nah, it’s not shower hygiene.  It’s the football program’s academic record, which is astonishingly bad, even by football factory standards.  Check these tidbits out:

           * 30 players were on academic probation from the fall semester, 24 on scholarship. Of the 24, nine were starters and two others did not participate in the spring for academic reasons: Cory Miller and Jerquari Schofield. Another, Arthur Jeffery, has left the program. Miller is likely to return, Schofield is not, a source said.

            * Nine scholarship players were on the 3.0 honor roll in the fall and 13 had a cumulative GPA above a 3.0.

            * The 1.9 GPA among scholarship players was considerably less than in the fall of 2010 (2.37), 2009 (2.31) and 2008 (2.18).

            * Of the 13 seniors-to-be, 10 had a 2.0 GPA or better. Of the 31 juniors-to-be, nine had a GPA of 2.0 or better and seven earned six or fewer hours. Of the 25 in the 2011 recruiting class, 15 had a 2.0 or better and four failed to earn more than six hours.

That’s pretty staggering.  And before you jump on Dooley for being dumb enough to carry six walk-ons who are on academic probation, note that the group as a whole pulled the team’s GPA last fall up from a 1.9 to a 2.06.  At Tennessee.

You’re a head coach at a program which presumably has resources galore to throw at keeping student-athletes academically eligible.  How do you miss this?

It’s remarkable that he’s still got the job.  It’s even more remarkable that if he can get to a bowl game this year, it’ll probably be enough to get him another year at UT.



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26 responses to “Nowledge is gud.

  1. Anon

    Yes, NCAA commercial, I do still think that most of you are dumb jocks…


  2. BMan

    University of Tennessee: Academic Resources are NOWHERE.


  3. The other Doug

    More gasoline for the dumpster fire.


  4. Go Dawgs!

    Folks, Tennessee is circling the drain. My gosh. It’s not all Derek Dooley’s fault, but my goodness, those folks have to make a change if this season is bad, don’t they? I can’t think of a single point of pride for that program right now. Sure, they’ve got Tyler Bray. But even he is apparently an entitled jagoff who was hated in the locker room last year. What do you hang your hat on if you’re a UT fan?


  5. Mayor of Dawgtown

    SOD is a complete failure as a head coach on every level.


  6. Timphd

    Hey guys, let’s not revel in Tennessee’s problems. In fact let’s hope SOD does just well enough to keep his job. Otherwise they might get lucky and hire a competent staff!


  7. Cojones

    Shhh! You’ll wake the concrete orange dog.


    • Cojones

      By the way, is Yolanda going to clue Henry in or does he not see and hear this wonderful news? Maybe the new soa facilities are mesmerizing and he thinks the one with the most toys, wins. Anyway,think SOD will tell him?

      Dang, Blutarsky, you gonna call Ramsey’s mother?


  8. Ed Kilgore

    You tend to assume that a guy like SOD, who was a walk-on at UVA and then practiced law before deciding to coach football, would be pretty good at this one thing if nothing else (aside from his experience watching his dad struggle with the Jan Kemp saga and its aftermath). But then I also thought he’d be good at player discipline until he handled last year’s bar riot by pretty much ignoring it, saving his tough love for a kid who wanted to transfer. “Transition” is an especially weak excuse for a failure to keep players minimally qualified. I mean, really: how much “bonding” and “trust” are necessary to tudor students-athletes to achieve a booming 2.0 GPA at a less-than-selective public university?


  9. DawgBiscuit

    I know they say college football is cyclical, but as someone who grew up in the 90s, I can hardly believe the mighty Vols have fallen so far. A once proud program now has a man that carries around concrete dogs coaching halfwit thugs on how to shower.


  10. TCD

    Wait, so having a 3.0 gets you on the Honor roll at UT?


  11. Bulldog Joe

    Uh oh. Someone forgot to give the tutors the answers.

    Heads will roll.


  12. Keese

    Just curious what vols extra message boards have circulating


  13. Spike

    Call Dean Wormer. Put them on double secret probation…. “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”


  14. Hogbody Spradlin

    I’m a day late and off topic, but you ought a be ashamed of yourself for mis-spelling the motto of your alma mater, as many times as you strode past Emil Faber’s statue in 7 years.