Smokey’s OCD

A fitting end to Tennessee’s Thursday.

UPDATE (Friday): And also a fitting picture of the state of Voldom now that the latest coaching candidate has turned down Mike Hamilton’s siren song sung from atop Rocky Top.

Jon pretty much had it right Thursday about sourcing and breaking news in general.


Don’t Cry for Tennessee; They Deserve What They Got! (Henry Milton)

Some Names… (Dave Hooker)

Report: Derek Dooley Hired as Vols Head Football Coach (WRCB TV) – 12:59 pm EST

Derek Dooley Ain’t Come Down From Rock Top (Orson Swindle)

Whittingham Turns Down Tennessee Coaching Job (Salt Lake City Desert News) – 2:35 pm EST

Utah Athletics Director Chris Hill A Happy Man (Salt Lake City Tribune)

A Georgia Fan’s Perspective on Dooley (Hey Jenny Slater) – the last part of the article

Derek Dooley Tennessee: Five Reasons Why He’s An Awful Coaching Hire (Jon Star)

WAC to SEC: Is Derek Dooley of Louisiana Tech the Man for Tennessee? (Todd Kaufmann)

Somebody Agrees to Coach Tennessee, at Last. Now: Who Is Derek Dooley? (Matt Hinton)


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7 responses to “Smokey’s OCD”

  1. bert says :

    i don’t know about you guys but i think they should
    just go ahead and name kippy head coach today…

    the coaches hamilton interviewed certainly seemed
    reasonable choices so he must be a horrible salesman
    to continually get rejected…or, he refuses to meet
    their demands on assistant coaches…

    if the team takes a step back next season under kippy
    then go out and snag somebody else next year….and
    maybe a new AD while you’re at it!!! 😉

  2. rockytop78 says :

    I concur. I think Kippy would do a fine job; he has lots of experience coaching running backs and wide receivers in the pros, and served as head coach of the Memphis Maniax of the XFL in 2001, going 5-5 (after which the league collapsed). And there wouldn’t be any issues (hopefully) about keeping the current staff, which is poised to engage in successful damage control with our recruits, and even bring some good ones home.

    Let’s end the drama, and get ready for the recruits coming in on Sunday.

  3. norcalvol says :

    I’m not there yet.
    But Hamilton seems like he’s screwed himself into the floor.
    He went after the names (Muschamp and Calhoun), and when they rejected him, instead of keeping on the same track, looking forward, he went to the past, for the safe blanket, which I thought was a bad move. Rejected.
    He doesn’t look very good right now.
    He may HAVE to go for Kippy because Whittingham (Utah) and others are looking at him and saying: “you mean to tell me I can’t come in and bring in my own people?”
    We are stuck.

  4. bert says :

    here we go again….

    ” Report: Derek Dooley Hired as Vols Football Coach
    Posted: Jan 15, 2010 12:39 PM EST Updated: Jan 15, 2010 12:51 PM EST

    CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – According to WNML-FM in Knoxville, Derek Dooley will be named the head football coach of the Tennessee Vols.

    Dooley, 41, is currently the head coach and athletics director of Louisiana Tech. “

  5. rockytop78 says :

    A friend of mine just commented that if Derek Dooley doesn’t work out as head coach, perhaps he can switch over to AD, since he does both at LA Tech. I mean, could he do a worse job than Hamilton?

    The way that Hamilton has absolutely botched this hiring process, with each public rejection of a candidate Tennessee has become the laughing stock of major college football. I certainly anticipate that the head coach after Dooley (if indeed he gets the job) will be hired by someone other than Mike Hamilton.

  6. NorCalVol says :

    Indeed. This will be Hamilton’s last hire unless it quickly turns out to be an incarnation of Neyland, Bryant, or Spurrier (Florida-era).

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