I posed this question to Incipient_Senescence, with whom I've been having a mini-discussion, and I wanted to get some thoughts from others. In the interest of full disclosure, and as many of you may be able to tell from my screen name, I am not a UT fan at all...lifelong Bama man, through and through. Suffered through Bill Curry, Mike DuBose, the Albert Means fallout, the Mike Price debacle, etc. I went to college and law school at UA, but I've lived in TN now for several years, so I'm exposed to UT fans regularly. My question is, in all honesty and taking all factors into consideration, what kind of season must Dooley have in 2012 in order to ensure a return in 2013? I've heard various opinions, ranging from "get bowl eligible" to "win 10 games". So what do the members of RTT think? Let's say he goes 7-5, with losses to NC State, UF, Bama, UGA, and SC....that means he beats Vandy, UK, Mizzou, Miss St, Akron, Troy and Georgia St...is that good enough? If 3 of the 5 losses are in blowout fashion, does that change anything? I think any reasonable person would say that 9 or more wins would buy him another year, if not a 1 or 2 year extension. Just wondering what you guys think the cutoff between him getting retained or getting canned might be, in light of expectations and the fact that Dave Hart didn't choose Dooley, but rather inherited him from Hamilton. And if UT starts off 2-5 after 7 games (which isn't likely, but is possible), what are the chances that he gets ousted midseason? I'd like to hear your opinions.
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