Dooley was hired in a hurry when Lane Kiffin scurried off to Southern Cal and it's obvious that former UT athletic director Mike Hamilton was simply looking for the anti-Kiffin. Dooley was 17-20 at Louisiana Tech when he was hired. His record at Tennessee
is now 11-14 overall and 4-12 in SEC play. Can you think of any other SEC team that would have hired a 17-20 coach from the Western Athletic Conference? Look at the smart hires in the nation's pre-eminent conference. Steve Spurrier to South Carolina. Les Miles to Louisiana State. Nick Saban to Alabama. Big-time coaches. Tennessee has never been willing to pay the price for a big-time coach.
I know you want to "accentuate the positive," but I can't believe you failed to mention that the ATL coach was removed from the field and sent to the Finley Stadium press box area. From there, he used his cell phone to communicate with his assistant. This is a rules violation and the assistant had his cell phone confiscated. Later, the Silverbacks' captain received a post-match red card. The Atlantans are a classless bunch.
It is not much of secret that FSG has been perched on the edge of disaster for about a year. It will either get bought out or join the long list of banks that have folded.