Tennessee’s Derek Dooley: Can The Lawyer Coach Sway the Vol Jury?

Posted by john white on March-21-2010 Add Comments

The jury is still out on whether new Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley will or won't lead the Volunteers back to a state of grace.

He has already been judged in many cases though. His detractors say he has questionable ability: At Louisiana Tech, he had a less-than-even run, especially against WAC-level competition. For his naysayers, that outweighs his Southern charm and appeal.

Then there is the argument that he was playing cart ponies against Thoroughbreds. He should be heralded for his ability to compete against them, and win a few games in the process.

That dichotomy will be debated by all the sportscasters come September. Is he deserving of Tennessee, or is Tennessee deserving of him?<...

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