Former Vols call for Dooley's departure

10:58 PM, Oct 27, 2012   |    comments
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In Derek Dooley's three years as UT Football's head coach, he's never secured a win against a ranked team.

Most everyone agrees he inherited a tough situation, but some former Vol players say he's lost his shot to turn it around.

Former UT quarterback Erik Ainge and former UT wide receiver Jayson Swain both say Dooley should coach the season, but announce his departure soon.

"I think if there's a coach out there, a big name, home run coach that wants to take this job, I think you throw the check book at him," says Ainge. "This town needs it."

Opinions may differ on whether Dooley's had enough time to get UT football back on track. After all, Ainge points out it took South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier five years to build that program.

But he says there's a difference.

"In the mean time they won games they weren't supposed to win.," says Ainge. "[Derek Dooley] hasn't won one of those games."

Swain says for him, the Alabama game sealed the deal.

"Knowing the game was over but kicking the field goal it was kind of like he gave it up," says Swain. "I think a lot of people that were on the fence about Derek Dooley kind of went over the fence."

Swain says if Dooley leaves, it's important to announce it soon.

The sooner you do it, the longer you have time to be able to make a splash in recruiting," says Swain.

Ainge says as a former player he knows there are things more important than winning.

But to fans, and the to the university, that may not be the case.

" A Tennessee Football team that's not winning football games, there's a lot of money that's not being made in this town," says Ainge."

The stands at next week's home game against Troy may be a telling sign of how many fans share their sentiments.

You can hear more from Ainge and Swain on Tennessee Sports Radio.

Tune in to WBIR Sunday at 10 a.m. when Swain joins Steve Philips and the rest of the Sunday morning crew for the Sunday Sports Talk Show.


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