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First let me say that I bleed orange and want us to win every game. But the reality is we are about to go on the road to a top 5 team. While I will cheer my heart out for us to win the likelihood of that happening is not in our favor. So I am just going to go ahead and get ahead of the crap storm that is sure to come after Saturday. Go ahead and take your chill pill...Dooley does not need to be fired. I said before the season we would be 8-4: 6 for sure wins(Ga State, Akron, MSU, Troy, Vandy, UK), 2 chalk 'em up losses(Georgia and Alabama), and 4 toss ups(NC State, Florida, USCe, and Mizzou). I am going to switch MSU and Mizzou but everything ratio wise stays the same. We have to split the toss ups. Right now we are 2-0, 0-0, 1-1. I am still thinking we lose Saturday so that makes 2-0, 0-1, 1-1. We are right on schedule. 8-4 is a step in the right direction and will move forward with recruits. CALM DOWN!
That is my spiel and it pretty much comes from listening to the radio today and all the FAR DOOLEY reds.
Very nice preemptive strike! +1
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
The fault in you logic is that an 8-4 tecord is OK with everyone. I pay $2500 per year for the right to pay another $700 for season tickets. Losing to top tier SEC teams - regardless of record - is not all right with me.
8-4 is forward progress. To think we can go from 5-7 to 10-2 is just foolish. Am I satisfied with 8 wins every year, not at all. But when a program is being rebuilt from scratch 8-4 with a good bowl appearance is a big step in the right direction. Right now we need to get our heads above water, then worry about truly taking on the big boys. One step at a time. Patience is a virtue, and not a fun one.
Agree completely with you Checkerboard. +1
Just curious, though. I don't live in Knoxville and I don't listen to Knoxville sports radio (sorry Wes!) what is the meaning and source of the term "reds" regarding Dooley?
Reds, rednecks...people that think the solution to everything is to FAR(redneck pronunciation of fire) DOOLEY.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by CheckerboardVol 19 months ago
i agree as well, but i think 7-5 is acceptable as long as he is competitive in the losses and doesn't lose the team like last year. Small steps will get us there quicker than taking another step backward by firing the coach
Majors went from 5-6 to 11-1 in one year. Just saying.
Yes he did. But he was more than 2.4 seasons into his tenure. How many assistants did Coach Majors go through until he found the right fit for his staff?
I think a lot of the fan base wants to see Dooley coach the vols to a big win( as the good coaches do) a win that we haven't seen since kiffin left. That's my gripe with Dooley, beat someone you shouldn't, Georgia, Florida, bama, USCe, a win against one of them would show that he can coach with the elite coaches in the league, and silence a lot of the critics, if you win 7-8 ball games but lose to bama, Florida, Georgia ect. Then by tenn standards that's mediocrity, and with our facilities, tradition, fanbase and money we all deserve better than 0-20 against ranked teams. I'm not saying "fire Dooley" but at the end of the year I want to see an improved football team to totally get on the Dooley bandwagon.
Go damn Vols! Beat Georgia!
The more I listen to TSR on my phone the more I love ainge. Good thing it's free and you can choose to not listen.
Ainge is a VFL. Not IMO. Fact.
I feel confident that I am not foolish despite what you say. I believe that judging a team merely by its record is foolish. We did the same ole, same ole against Florida that we did against every top tier SEC team that we faced last year - collapsed in the second half and were outscored 27-6 (and it could have been worse). I think this week will tell us whether this team is better than last year. I certainly hope so.
I don't have any influence in the Athletic Dept. Any letter that I send would likely go into a black hole. At the end of the season if I am dissatisfied with the direction of the football program the only effective way that I can express my dissatisfaction is to withhold my annual donation and not renew my season tickets. I don't want to do that but I am really growing tired of paying a premium for mediocracy.
I pay exactly the same as you both in donation and for tickets. I'm sick of being surrounded by bammers at the bammer game. I'm sick of hearing a few poor losers wanting to fire the coach. I'm completely tired of the negative atmosphere brought on the masses by the few. We are in a mess right now. The mess was not caused by Dooley and is not being caused by Dooley. Completely poor and unacceptable management by our former AD created this mess. We have lost a boat load of players with all of this turnover. We hired a new staff on the fly. The way I see it our direction is better than it has been over the past several years but you just cannot snap your fingers and go from terrible to great. How the heck folks think that's possible is completely beyond me. Is 8-4 acceptable? YES, in 2012 it is completely acceptable and frankly it would be a great sign of progress. After 5-7, 7-5 would be acceptable as well to me....THIS YEAR. If we ever reach the top you can rest assured it will not be permanent and one year after reaching the top (we've reached the top ONCE in my 56 year lifetime) repeat will not likely happen and we'll go through this whole fire the coach stuff again. Dang, expectations are just out of touch with reality IMO.
And by the way I'm tired of our own fan base helping our program be Petrinoed. You think 8-4 is bad? What the heck are we going to do when other coaches use our own words to prevent success in recruiting?
This post was edited by coonhound 19 months ago
I completely agree with you 100% on this checkerboard. +1 good post.
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