Ah, The Offseason. It gives us time to reflect upon what was and time to hope for what will be. It also gives us time to realize how much we really miss football, but that's not important right now. What is important, at least as far as this website is concerned, is our impending move to a brand-spankin'-new website: (drum-roll) Dooleyisms.com.
I'm still working tirelessly to improve the site here and there, but there's still a few weeks until kickoff! Please feel free to contribute any Dooley gems of wisdom you come across. I'm just one man with a full time job on the other side of the globe, so I'm calling out to my fellow UT fans to help build this site.
I've also had time to pick through the countless hours of source material for the best Dooley quotes that I've missed thus far. For your enjoyment, here are those quotes:On Challenges: "I wouldn't use the word 'easier,' because the challenges are going to be there. But there will be a much better comfort level--that's probably the better term. It's never 'easy.' And I think that also...you have a little better feel for the positions, that OK, we feel like we have some stability there, and these are the areas where we still don't know personel-wise. Whereas last year, I mean, I didn't know. We only had a few returning productive players and so it was just a crap-shoot of who was what. So everyone has a little better feel and we hope that because of that we'll improve a lot more over the course of the spring." -March 21, 2011
On Lessons Learned from 2010: "Well, one of the lessons is when they say the game is over, there's a good chance it's not. So this year we're going to work on (gestures) 'Hang on...stay on the sidelines a little bit.'"-March 21, 2011
On Bray not Thinking: "We're not going to throw so much on him that he can't go out there and think, but generally, that's never phased him. Like if he doesn't understand something, he doesn't care, he's just gonna do something else. So, a lot of guys get frustrated because they want to master what we know. And Tyler, if he doesn't get it, he doesn't really care. Ya know, like, 'Maybe I'll get that tomorrow, but today I'll throw it to that guy and it's gonna be a touchdown.' We'll be the ones throwing our hats because he threw it to the wrong guy and it's a touchdown." -March 21, 2011
On a Left-Handed Center: "We're going to try to snap right-handed here. So, we're havin' James eat right-handed, text right-handed..." -March 21, 2011
On Punt Returners: "We're going to work the same guys that were there last year. Tinkerbell didn't just do this (imitates a magic wand) and we have a new guy." -March 21, 2011
On Superstition: "I'm not a superstition guy, but I am a routine guy. In fact the one thing I do on purpose is change it up just to prove that our ability to win has nothing to do with my underwear. I'll change up the tie, I'll change up the coat. I don't like to change my routine." -July 27, 2011
On Post-Game Handshakes: "Well, I had 15 postgame handshakes, and I don't know if you know that. We only played 13 games. I was 8-7 in them." -July 27, 2011
"I don't really even hear what they say. I'm so either happy that we won or so upset at how we lost the game, I don't even know what they say. I wouldn't know if they called me a bad word." -July 27, 2011
On Darwinism: "I've seen [urgency] everywhere. We've got a good practice tempo. I've said it for 18 months. Until we get depth and competition, a coach can only pull so much out of a guy. It's still, it's Darwinism. Darwin didn't say if you scream at a guy, he'll survive. He didn't. Think about it. When it gets really good is when a guy isn't performing you say, 'Hey Man, come over here. Stand by me for a little bit. (Turn to another player) Get in there.' And you just do that. Then that guy goes, wait a minute, I've got to do better. It's Darwinism." -August 7, 2011