If Coach Dooley is willing to joke about his starting QB behaving like a punk then he is not the man for the job. At what point do we as UT fans no longer need to wait to see how many wins a coach has before we can decide that he is not a leader? The AD at UT should step in and suspend both Dooley and Bray for the first quarter of the first game. We are tired of these "men" embarrassing the Vol Nation with their behavior. Coach Dooley does not have the balls to be the head coach. The culture will change when we get true leadership on the campus. Not just the Coach and players but the AD and President. I was unlucky to have spent time on the AG campus while DiPeitro was in charge. He had a reputation as being a glad handing, ass kissing, wanna be politician and the only way he was voted in as President is because the Board of Trustees is a group of "appointed" leaders. It is all politics and not education or leadership. Start with making the Board of Trustees an elected position and make their votes public. They can hide behind a cloud of anonymity and play buddy-buddy political games that hurt the UT system. I would also disagree that fans would not support a change in culture if it affected success within athletics. The fans of Tennessee sports want true student/athletes that work hard and give the effort deserving of the uniform. We would more readily support hard work over these young men acting like punks and making ESPN for the wrong reasons. The whole off season we watched ESPN where UT was on the losing end of highlight clips and all most all had to do with a lack of effort. It's clear that these young men don't have the "intestinal fortitude" to represent UT. We must accept that these boys are just that,immature boys, but we do not have to accept the same from the head coach or AD. Derek Dooley is weak. He is not a leader. Even with more wins in football this year, the program will still be in the same shape. Let's hope that we are still experiencing a "hangover" from the Kiffin fiasco. Perhaps we still have Kiffinesque players that we will be leaving soon and opening the door for a different breed of player.
As an Alabama fan I would like to see Dooley stay in Knoxville as long as possible. What I don't want to see is a real coach like Patrino come in. Tennessee could be living in the bottom half of the East for years to come or they could be winning SEC championshps and competing for national championships. It'll be interesting to see.