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I wasnt on the board after Kiffin left. I did have a rivals account but cant remember how this played out.
When we hired Dooley, was there a large amount of speculation that he was our guy before they announced? I dont mean like a few hours before, I mean days and weeks of speculation like we are doing with Gruden, Gundy, Strong etc..I remember hearing about it in my car as I think who did we just hire?
Any chance of that happening again? Or perhaps he was a high name on the list and I just didnt follow close enough.
Dooley came out of left field when other guys Tennessee was talking to didn't work out. There was more speculation about those guys than about Dooley.
Also, the coaching search took 3-4 days given the lateness of Kiffin's departure, so the speculation didn't have as much time to fester.
So it did come out of left field? I am glad my memory wasnt as bad as I thought.
Was the reaction positive on the board because coaching was in his bloodline?
When Kiffin got hired was that also out of left field or did people see it as a strong possibility?
This post was edited by dw86 16 months ago
I was just wondering this myself. Glad you asked. I seem to recall it being a surprise though.
I do remember thinking we must have gone with a really safe hire
I worked at WVLT at the time. We found out about Dooley via the ESPN bottomline the day before he was hired. We hadn't heard any chatter about him.
I wrote three packages to air on our TV station: biographies of Dooley, David Cutcliffe and Troy Calhoun. Each figured prominently in the search, and we wanted to cover our bases so we'd be ready when a hire was announced.
The line I so badly wanted to air: "Tennessee's last coach left for the Trojans. Now, the Vols have hired Troy."
So now the Auburn and Ark jobs seem to have come out of left field any chance we could have a similiar situation?
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