Germans, Rommel, Dooley and the Vols

October, 26, 2010
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If you haven't had a chance, you need to go to The Knoxville News-Sentinel site and click on the video from Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's news conference Monday.

Dooley's press conferences are typically pretty entertaining and lively. But with his Vols having lost five of their last six games, Dooley broke into his own re-enactment of the Normandy invasion, which changed the course of World War II, and compared his football team to the Germans.

Granted, any time a coach starts comparing military battles and war to football, he's on a slippery slope. But there were no references to Hitler, and the point Dooley was trying to drive home was that his team simply hasn't been ready to adjust on its own and fight back when the game heats up in the second half.

"Here comes the boats. They’re coming," Dooley said. "You have the binoculars, and it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' They call (German Field Marshall Erwin) Rommel. They can’t find Rommel."

Dooley really got into it from there, pretending as if he had binoculars and scanning around the media room.

“‘What do we do? I’m not doing anything until I get orders,’” Dooley said. “‘Have you gotten Rommel yet?’ The Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. ‘What do we do? I don’t know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.’ They weren’t looking for (help). That’s where we’ve got to make that transition.”

Dooley quickly apologized to the Germans and said it wasn't his intention to offend anyone.

"I’m not attacking them, but that’s what happened,” Dooley said. “You had one group, and they weren’t worried about what the plan was and orders and all that. When the war hits, things change. You’ve got to go."

Dooley might want to stay away from the war analogies in the future, especially with our country still at war.

But at least he's been able to keep it real in a season that's on the verge of getting really long for the Vols, who are trying to avoid their worst season in school history.

Dooley knew this was a major rebuilding job when he took it. Frankly, that's one of the main reasons he got a shot at the job in the first place. A handful of guys before him said thanks, but no thanks.

It won't be fair to truly evaluate what kind of job Dooley is doing until the 2012 season, although patience in the SEC is not exactly plentiful.

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