Derek Dooley and the Tennessee Volunteers lost to the Georgia Bulldogs for the second year in a row, but they gained big points in the mother-son world last week.
Purported by Knoxville Sentinel columnists to be on the proverbial hot seat, Dooley is the son of legendary former University of Georgia coach and athletics director Vince Dooley. Derek was hotly defended by his mother, Vince’s wife Barbara, on a radio show in Athens, Georgia.
She blamed Volunteers football woes on almost everything except the direction of the Tennessee River’s flow.
Flooded with a flowing river of misfortunes since Phil Fulmer left, the Volunteers are suddenly one of the worst football teams in the SEC. Kentucky, Ole Miss and a few other shaky programs are a close second in the elite two power conference.
How did the rankings shake out this week? Shake, rattle and roll with me and find out if Mrs. Dooley’s justification of her son qualifies her to become defensive coordinator.