Want to know what Derek Dooley's papa, Vince Dooley said earlier in regards to Kiffin, a day or so ago before young Derek got the nod as Kiffin's replacement as UT coach?“Well, Lane Kiffin has brought the signs of the times to an extreme,” Dooley said with a chuckle.If Vince and Barbara show up at the next UGA/UT game in frosted Tennessee Orange it's serve Dr. Evil Michael Adams right for the way he treated him.By the way, it turns out Derek Dooley's son is named Peyton. That should make the natives somewhat happy.Anyhow, here's one last Lane Kiffin song for this week, with apologies to Soul Asylum:(via Get the Picture, Houston Chronicle)
This is Derek Dooley, who was until an hour or so ago the head football coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. He's left that job to take the same position as University of Tennessee head football coach. This after it seemed everybody and his dog turned the job down.Derek Dooley is the son of legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. He played football at Virginia 1987-1990. After graduating Virginia, he obtained a law degree at Georgia. Like Mike Leach, he was a practicing lawyer before becoming a football coach (Quick, lock the electrical sheds at UT). He was an assistant coach with various roles at LSU under Nick Saban. So he's obviously been tutored in he ways of how to leave a program high and dry.Dooley became head coach of Louisiana Tech in 2007. In three seasons he went 17-20, with one winning season in 2008 (complete with Independence Bowl win against Northern Illinois). The other two years...meh.Dooley was also named athletic director at Louisiana Tech in 2008. Meaning he's left the school with two vacant positions to fill (see, Saban taught him well). The AD experience might be valuable, as Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton will probably be out of a job after the Lane Kiffin debacle.(via Tennessean.com)
Derek Dooley's been hired as Tennessee head coach. The question now is: Will Vince Dooley be Derek's defense coordinator? Or will Derek pick Barbara for the job?
The long Bulldog national nightmare appears to be over. Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart reports that Todd Grantham (pictured), current Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach, will be named Georgia's new defense coordinator. This coming forty-plus days since Willie Martinez was fired, and after several high-profile candidates turned the job down. How this will effect recruiting is up in the air. Or how Mark Richt and Damon Evans will spin Gratham as being the right man for the job after not being the first man to be offered it.(via Rivals.com)
Gilbert Arenas if officially in hot water. ESPN reports that Agent Suspect Zero is being charged with felony gun possession. It looks like the Arenas merchandise will continue to be mysteriously absent at the Verizon Center for a long time.(via ESPN)
Tennessee's search to replace Lane Kiffin is off to a rocky start. Phillip Fulmer says he doesn't want his old job back (but then, who really wanted him back). Will Muschamp says he isn't going anywhere. And now Air Force coach Troy Calhoun has announced he's not leaving Colorado Springs for Knoxville.The search now seems headed for the direction of Duke's head football David Cutcliffe (picture), who was a former Tennessee offensive coordinator. His record at Duke in two years is 9-15. Then again, he was 44-29 at Old Miss, where he coached Eli Manning. He also coached Peyton Manning as an OC at Tennessee. So he's a better candidate for the job than his recent history would show.If Cutcliffe turns the Vols down, it may be time to dust off SWRT's suggestion for UGA's search for Willie Martinez (which is still going on!) and call it "Who Wants To Be Tennessee Head Coach?"(via Orlando Sentinel, statesman.com, The Sporting News, ESPN)
Yep, it's another rap song about Lane Kiffin. Or as he's now called....Lame Kiffin.Okay, it's not the most original name, but it's one you can use in front of your mom. If she's not using cuss word when it comes to talking about Kiffin, that is.
Remember the t-shirt from a couple of days ago with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy used to point out Los Angeles' spot on the map? Well Lamar Odom's Rich Soil Clothing features a variation of I (Heart) (Your City Here) using a ring for the heart (the one on the right). Though as it turns out, it's not a real NBA championship ring, but a ring that's also produced by Rich Soil. So a few cool points taken away there.The shirt on the left features the Rich Soil logo. It looks pretty good actually. The rest of the shirts in the line aren't pretty much different from other shirts found out on the street. Nothing too bad, but nothing out of the ordinary. Lamar Odom's clothing line isn't too bad. But do you know what would be really cool? A brand of Lamar Odom candies. It's an area he obviously has intimate knowledge in.(via First Cuts)
Pretty darn quick, obviously.Don't think Meyer's going to be back next season? Tennessee's reeling, UGA is a mess. Vanderbilt is...well, Vanderbilt. Next season's going to be like shooting fish in a barrel.
There been a lot of abuse of Lane Kiffin related merchandise up in Knoxville, and probably other places as well. But the Mitzi Sherill, manager of the Knoxville located HoundDogs store (a Tennessee merchandise retailer), has a better use for Kiffin t-shirts: send it to survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.Someone nominate Miss Sherill for the Nobel Peace Prize.(via The Commercial Appeal)
Remember When Lil' Wayne mentioned Lane Kiffin's name in a rap song? Well it didn't take long for Kiffins departure from UT inspire another rap song in his, uh, honor:This one's going to burn up iTunes faster than Ke$ha.
It's one of those night where you just have to say oh snap! And then that's followed by a further bunch of oh snaps! Lane Kiffin's bolted Tennessee for USC. Hilarity riot ensues.No, I'm not kidding.Lane Kiffin may have set a record for wreaking havoc in the SEC at Tennessee. He's just about tripled it by leaving.(via rivals.com)
Its starting to get bad out there for the Bulldog Nation. Get the Picture is already comparing the search for Willie Martinez's replacement to the Iran Hostage Crisis, for crying out loud.Then there is the sad feeling that the search for a new DC is starting to take a turn for the delusional. Georgia legend (and current sports radio jock) David Pollack has been spending the morning pimping tweeting that The Dawgs should ask former Dawg DC/current Falcons DC Brian VanGorder to return to the fold. He's starting to sound like the Hawks fans who would call up the fledgling sports radio stations in Atlanta claiming the solution to all the Hawks problems was to bring back Dominique Wilkins.It makes just as much sense for VanGorder to come back to Georgia as it did Kirby Smart to leave Alabama for the DC job. It not only is a lateral move, it just might be a step backward for VanGorder. If he makes any type of lateral moves, it will probably be to another NFL team. Or maybe to USC if those Jack Del Rio offered the head coaching job stories are true. Otherwise, any voluntary separation from the Falcons will probably be for another chance as a head coach somewhere. (Translation: Don't be surprised if his name turns up on the list to replace Mark Richt someday. Hopefully not any day soon.)The next thing you know the DN will be calling for Vince Dooley to be brought back to replace either Damon Evans Mark Richt. Oh dang, I just gave them an idea...(via Get the Picture, Yahoo! Sports)
Well, here's a new one. The Knicks blame their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on the fact that they spent the previous night in a haunted hotel.For two days, several players had trouble sleeping because they were convinced that their downtown hotel is haunted."I definitely believe it," Jared Jeffries said. "The place is haunted. It's scary."Eddy Curry claims he slept for only two hours Sunday night because he couldn't stop thinking about ghosts roaming the hotel.So Eddie Curry is Tegan and Jared Jeffries is Sara? Or is it the other way around?If the Knicks are going to start blaming their losses on paranormal activity, maybe it's time that they got someone on the team that can handle such matters:(via New York Daily News, Deadspin)
It didn't take long for the Snotty Sports Writers of America to come down on Mark McGwire. It probably took even less time for Jay Mariotti, the King of All Snotty Sports Writers to ring in with his overblown condemnation.So what should we do now, people? Forgive him, embrace him with a collective hug and point him directly to the Hall of Fame? What Mark McGwire admitted Monday should have been said with no filters and all exclamation points back in March 2005, inside Room 2154 of the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill, where he had an opportunity to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth at a monumental Congressional hearing.Instead, he just perpetuated his long-running lie about steroids and lost his reputation and credibility forever.Forever? Forever ever? In a country where Watergate bungler burglar G. Gordon Liddy has his own radio talk show? Where Brittney Spears has the mother of all meltdowns, and comes back with two number one singles, a successful tour, and an Elle magazine cover with her kids? Where Bobby Knight goes from chock-happy college basketball coach to lovable ESPN college basketball analyst? Where Charles Barkley goes from getting pulled over for a DUI to hosting Saturday Night Live? Where Madonna...well, what hasn't Madonna done?Heck, Oprah Winfrey forgave James Frey and apologised about how she treated him, for crying out loud.Of course Mariotti has to go further and announce he'll never vote McGwire into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Never. Never ever ever.As a Hall of Fame voter, I won't check the name of anyone linked to performance-enhancing drugs. That goes for McGwire, Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz and all the rest. The only one who has a chance to redeem himself is Rodriguez because of his relative youth, the length of his contract and the chance -- and I say this with great hesitation -- that he'll be steroids-free for the final eight years of his career while eventually owning the all-time home-run record. No matter what he did before that day in Washington, no matter how he fares as a batting coach in St. Louis, the McGwire moment imbued in the American consciousness is taking the oath and saying absolutely nothing.Then again, judging from some of Mariotti's other denouncements, he may never vote anybody into the Hall of Fame again. Hardball Collective suggested Mariotti's vote should be taken away, and it's hard to disagree with that logic.McGwire did roids. He's not a saint. Neither is Mariotti. There's a reason he's a frequent target of Deadspin. But that's neither here nor there.The commentators still wanting to throw rocks at McGwire are as much as the problem as performance enhancing drugs are in the first place. If Mariotti and all parties involved who claim they are concerned about the problem (MLB, the Feds, the media, etc.) were more concerned about cleaning up the sport than going after tarnished players like they were trophy bucks on Realtree Road Trips, maybe baseball could actually get cleaned up.(via Fanhouse, Hardball Collective)
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