Knoxville media getting a little chippy with Dooley

This afternoon we saw the clip below and found it a little odd.  

The audio quality is quite poor for the first few seconds but we believe the initial question from a member of the media is, "Would it be fair to say that coach Sunseri has not been effective in either teaching or communicating the scheme (to the players)?" 

Dooley, after offering "that's a pretty harsh statement" provides what we thought was a decent enough answer.

Shortly after Dooley provided his response to the initial question, another member of the media came back to Dooley with, "You didn't quite answer...is Sal having problems communicating with the players?"

Dooley doesn't duck the questions at all and seems to provide full answers. 

This probably won't shock anyone; but things seem fairly tense right now up in Knoxville. Settle down everyone. Let the man and his staff focus on coaching their team. They, like every other staff in the country, will be evaluated after the season. 

Video is courtesy of knoxnews.com

Mike Gundy explains what he's looking for when hiring coaches

Watch the video above and you'll see what Gundy says he looks for when hiring a new coach. Same exact advice I've given to every coach that has called me on this topic in the past few days. 

In short, for Gundy to even consider you, you have to be a smart football coach (which includes being a great teacher), have excellent work ethic and be loyal to your head man and this program. 

Mack Brown: "I don't like inexperienced players inside the 20"

The recent struggles of the Longhorn defense have led Mack Brown to a few conclusions on how to get things fixed as they move forward in their final four games of the regular season.

One thing that Brown has told both coordinators is to substitute some experienced players inside of the 20 yard line.

“I don’t like inexperienced players inside the 20 on either end. That’s something we’ve talked about a lot. That was a key play in the ballgame. We not only lost points, but we gave up the possibility of points offensively. That won’t happen again.” Brown explained, referencing a specific defensive play in their Kansas game where they had two freshman linebackers in.

The Longhorns have only allowed less than 170 yards rushing on just one occasion this season (week one against Wyoming). A year after finishing in the top ten nationally in run defense (6th - 96 ypg), the Longhorns have dropped to 108th this season, allowing opponents to run for 218 yards per game.

This week, after giving up at least 450 yards of total offense in the past four out of five games, Brown has been hanging around defensive staff meetings a little more, lending a fresh set of eyes to their defensive struggles, and how to get them fixed. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz welcomed the new viewpoint.

“I enjoy it. The thing the head coach can control is maybe subtle changes to how we are practicing. This is Mack understanding our issues and the easiest ways to fix them.” Diaz explained.

The Horns will be tested this weekend on both sides of the ball against Texas Tech. Kick off is scheduled for 3:30pm ET on ABC.


"You just got your asses whipped by a bunch of g'damn nerds"

Last season, Vanderbilt went into Lexington hosted and beat Kentucky handily, 38-8. Included in that victory was a run by Vandy running back Zac Stacy where he absolutely willed his way into the end zone, with what seemed like the entire Wildcat defense (literally) on his back.

Before every meeting this week, Kentucky defensive line coach David Turner has showed that clip to his guys. Just in case that message hasn't been heard loud and clear, he also sent the clip to their cell phones.

Coach Turner also wrote on the board that the run was featured as one of ESPN's top 25 plays of 2011.

Coach Turner's message is clear. Don't let it happen again this weekend.

We're checking with sources  We have now confirmed; but we're pretty sure this classic line has been uttered at least a few times up in Lexington this week...

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