"Right now we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and it's like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' That's what they did, they were in the bunkers. It's coming, they call Rommel -- they can't find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) 'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders.' (Pretends to look through binoculars.) 'Have you gotten Rommel yet?'
A lot of players rolling through Knoxville at another high school camp. Always love getting back on the grass!
Three years ago, when [Derek] Dooley got his first head coaching job at Louisiana Tech, his team traveled to LSU in yet another a nonconference game of non-BCS little guy playing BCS big boy for a boatload of cash. After it was over, after La Tech had absorbed a 58-10 beatdown, he heard a few of his assistant coaches in the locker room tell players to keep their heads up because they played hard.
"I said that's bull---; put your head down," Dooley said. "Because I was embarrassed. Not because of the score, but because of the way we competed. I told them the next time we come here, I'm bringing a box of Sharpies and I'll have some pictures so you can get their autographs before the game."
(When asked about playing at Auburn and LSU while at Louisiana Tech):
"It was [a source of pride], but the losses still hurt. I'll tell you what, the biggest thing that made me feel better was the first year we didn't compete. And I was really upset at rolling over," Dooley said, his voice rising with the recall of the memories. "We went to Tiger Stadium our first year, and I told the team and I'll never forget after in the locker room, I heard some coaches saying, 'Keep your head up. You fought hard.' And I said, 'Bull[FULMERIZED]. Put your head down.' Because I was embarrassed. Not of the score, but just how we competed.
"Excuse my language, but I told them, 'Next time we come here, I'm going to have a box of Sharpies and I'm going to have some pictures so that you can go get their autographs.' Because that's how we played. And so I was very proud of over the course of two seasons how we began competing in those games. And we won."
Coach (Vince) Dooley here at UT-UGA final four tennis match. No worries, he's decked out in red and black.
However, the group never cheered louder than when Dooley introduced his mother, Barbara, in orange.
"There is no way I can come into this state without my mother finding me," Dooley said. "I never knew how good she looked in orange. All these years she's been wearing the wrong color."
I wish [Lane Kiffin] well, I really do - as long as he's in California...
So we were very pleased to see Mike Hamilton make that appointment. I was very pleased with the positive reception that [Derek Dooley] received from Tennessee and the fans. And obviously, like any new coach he has his work cut out for him. I think his appointment is good for Tennessee and good for the SEC.
"I think it's still too early to talk about scheme," Dooley said. "But we're going to base out of a (four-down front)."
Former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley said he does not want to be a distraction. That’s why he declared Friday morning while participating in the 24th annual Quail Unlimited Celebrity Quail Hunt in Albany that he’s not attending the Bulldogs’ Oct. 9 home game against Tennessee, which now is coached by his son, Derek.
Vince, who coached the Bulldogs to six Southeastern Conference titles and the 1980 national championship, told The Herald that instead, he plans to watch the game from inside his house.
"I’ve really decided now that I will sit home and watch the game," said the legendary Bulldogs coach who coached Georgia to a record of 201-77-10 in 25 seasons. "I think that I’ll be a little bit of a distraction going to the game, so I’ll watch it at home on TV. (My wife Barbara) will go, there ain’t no question about it."
After being asked if she would wear orange to the Tennessee-Georgia game, Vince replied, "I don’t know what she’ll do, but I will stay at home."
Pressed further on whether he would wear orange when he visits other Tennessee games his son coaches, Dooley replied, "I’m sure (Barbara) will. I may wear something a little more subtle — if orange can be subtle. I certainly won’t wear any in Georgia. But on the proper occasion, I might wear a little spot of orange."
Never let it be said that Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton isn't a man of principle. If he wants a radically underqualified coach whose main asset is his daddy's reputation, by God, Tennessee will have a radically underqualified coach whose main asset is his daddy's reputation. Derek's father happens to be Vince Dooley.