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If we win, we're projected for the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham. That would be the worst, or best, possible scenario. Depending on how the carousel goes, if we can get a coach and he can get in with the players before the game, great... If we hire a coach that is bowling himself, and the coach can't be a part of it, then we have Dooley until the 5th of January and only 1 month until Signing Day.
That would be such a Dooley way to go out, Jan 5th bowl game. Surely they wouldn't allow Dooley to coach that, right?
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I think it all depends on when they decide to make the call on Dooley. I've seen teams go to bowl with a new coach. Cincinnati did it a few years ago when they hired Brian Kelley, and again when Kelley left for Notre Dame.
But in both cases the AD was well aware of the coaches departing, though it hadn't been announced, and it wasn't a lengthy coaching search after the coach departed.
Another thing to consider would be when Dooley is due his bonus. If it's set for the first week of January then I'd say they'll send him before then. JMO
I could be wrong about this but I think that would be the best bowl to go to. You have an extra week of practice time vs. a bowl game on Dec. 27th.
As far as Dooley goes, he definitely would not coach a bowl game if his contract is terminated. Coaches are fired after the season and an interim coach is named for the bowl game. I can't think of one fired coach who was ever allowed to coach a bowl game after they were let go. It just creates too many problems for the university, the coach, and the players.
Well if its in Birmingham I can point you to the best bars, restaurants and hotels. I'll even meet you guys at a local pub :) the craft beer scene is exploding here too if you're into that.
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