Monday, July 25, 2011

'On the same page'

In his first 18 months on campus, Tennessee head man Derek Dooley and his staff have made some significant strides:

- They've healed a team psyche that was alarmingly fragile after predecessor Lane Kiffin bolted for Southern Cal.

- They've unified a fractured fan base.

- They've upgraded a depleted roster.

- They've restored some stability to a program that endured two head coaching changes within 15 months.

So, what does Dooley consider the most significant accomplishment of his Tennessee staff's first 18 months on the job?

"I think the biggest thing was the continuity that we had when we turned the clock and ended the season," Dooley said. "We were able to really clean up how we’re doing things, where we’re headed and effectively communicate it to the players. That’s a hard thing to do when you have nine new coaches and inherit a new team as late as we did.

"I just feel like we’re all on the same page. There’s not a lot of misunderstanding of how things are going to be done and what we expect. I think that’s been healthy for the organization."

Games are won in the fall but championships are won in the offseason. Dooley is impressed with the enthusiasm and diligence his players are showing this summer.

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