Tennessee fans absorb a sixth straight loss to Alabama. (AP photo by Michael Patrick of the Knoxville News Sentinel)
One of the fun things about covering a game in Knoxville is listening to sports radio on the way out of town the next morning. If Tennessee loses, the callers aren’t happy.
After getting bopped by Alabama 44-13, the home fans are upset. Especially since the Vols haven’t won but one SEC game in their last 12 attempts. Especially since about 30,000 Alabama fans held seats inside Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.
Here are some of the highlights from the callers for FM-99.1, which bills itself as the “Sports Animal”:
–It’s time for Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley to go and he should take defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri to go. Just because they coached for Nick Saban, it doesn’t mean they can coach like Nick Saban.
–A program like Tennessee deserves a better coach than a “stop-gap” like Derek Dooley.
–Tennessee should fire Dooley now because after the season, other programs like Arkansas and Kentucky are going to be looking for coaches and Tennessee can’t afford to get left out in the cold.
–Tennessee probably will beat Kentucky, but beating Vanderbilt is a lost cause. (When has that been said about any SEC football team in the last 50 years?)
–Allowing Alabama take so many seats inside Neyland may be the final straw for Dooley, as it was for Phillip Fulmer when Tide fans “took over” Neyland in a 2008 win over the Vols.
–The play-caller, Jim Chaney, is awful. Too many deep passes and not enough short routes.
–The play-caller is wonderful, but the quarterback, Tyler Bray, is awful.
–Bray should’ve come out afterward to talk to reporters. (He declined.) If you aren’t man enough to talk to the press, then you’re not man enough to play quarterback for Tennessee.
–Of all those four- and five-star recruits who have been brought to Knoxville in the last few years, almost all of them have either not panned out or are underachieving.
I thought that particular caller made an excellent point. I’ve always believed Saban’s biggest strength isn’t as a recruiter but as an evaluator of talent. He knows which four- and five-star players to bring to campus.
No caller this morning suggested letting Dooley’s stool coach the next game. After having hip surgery Oct. 9, Dooley had a stool available on the sideline Saturday night, although it didn’t appear he used it much.
Isn’t college football in Knoxville fun?
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