At first I thought it was a bunch of bull; the team leaving campus to practice "in the boonies" for reasons of "team unity" and whatever other kind of nonsense spin Coach Dooley wanted to put on it. I figured it was just a necessity so that the transitions having to do with moving into the new facilities and whatnot could be completed. I figured Dooley was just spinning it, like he did the loss to Kentucky. Like when he tried to tell us that losing was "good" for our (their) character. Is losing good for the character? It's a thin line... revolutions tend to only happen among those who once were affluent but then had it abruptly ripped away. Some of these guys don't know what it means to be a Vol... we feared that the standard might be lowered... it was truly a torrential downpour of WTF.
But now that I see that the boys in Orange are practicing on "Steve Spurrier Field" I'm starting to get it... Dooley, you crafty devil, how do you do it? This is practice for away games... specifically, the one in Columbia. Read the articles; for it to be merely a non head-coach change season the Vols need to win at least one of the four consisting of Bammer, Jorja, Florda and Sowcarlina (not sure if that's truly true, but it should be). Of all those teams, there probably isn't a one of them, save for Sowcarlina, that has a head coach that has a high school football field named after him in the immediate vicinity of Knoxville. So, brilliant! Now, when the team rolls into Columbia, they're just gonna laugh because they already owned Steve Spurrier field.
O.K., the point is, it seems like doing what they are doing will get them used to being uncomfortable, just like coach said. This is good... this will prepare them better for road games. I like it. Dooley may be a great coach, I'm telling you. I think he's taking the long view and watering that bamboo.
water the bamboo
launch trebuchet Tyler Bray
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