Man, SOD is putting on the full-court press when it comes to excuse making. Here’s what he laid on Holly Anderson:
“We’re not there yet,” Dooley told SI.com, tracing the scars on the Volunteers left by Fulmer’s ousting and Lane Kiffin’s subsequent bolting. ”But all those anchors are in the past. Between three head coaches in three years, five strength coaches in that short time, a change in the presidential level, a change at the athletic director level, the NCAA cloud hanging over our program, and of course all the attrition. It put us in a challenging position, but the good news is, that’s a thing of the past…”
And if all those changes aren’t enough to making you feel sorry for the man, there’s the litany of bad luck from last season that Tony Barnhart recounts in this piece that’s as eminently predictable as you’d expect.
Dooley’s got his injured players back. He’s got more depth. He’s got assistant coaches with whom he claims he’s more simpatico. And the schedule is softer, to boot. So how many wins does Tennessee have to notch this season for SOD to puff his chest out and proclaim that the Vols are back?