Derek Dooley was one of the worst head coaches in Tennessee football history. The guy had everything going for him — at the helm of one of the nation’s most prestigious programs, following in the footsteps of his daddy as he carried on the family tradition.
But there was just one problem — Derek Dooley was not his father. Derek Dooley was really bad at his job. He’s responsible for so much bad it’s hard to even begin to list it all out.
The worst part of it all had to be losing to Kentucky in Lexington against a wide receiver playing quarterback. I mean, you knew what was coming — a shotgun snap with run up the gut nearly every play. Kentucky scored 10 points on that dreadful day, which was plenty to take down Dooley’s Vols. Dooley survived that loss — the first loss to Kentucky since 1984.
He came back next year with one of the best offenses in the country on paper. But Sal Sunseri’s defense was nothing more than a wet paper bag by mid-season, dooming Dooley’s tenure. The blowout loss to Vanderbilt was one of the most embarrassing nights to ever be a Tennessee fan.
Dooley’s time on the field in Knoxville was a complete joke (insert the too many men on the field vs. LSU joke here). But off the field, the guy was very likable. He was funny and entertaining — you never knew what was about to come out of his mouth. He had a charisma to him, which created some memorable moments.
From shower instructions to WWII history lessons, Dooley was always at least worth a fun sound bite.