Although Derek Dooley’s squad isn’t providing much to talk about on the field, the Tennessee head football coach is certainly making up for it at the microphone.
Dooley provided the following sound bite in his weekly presser, comparing Tennessee’s current situation to the Germans in World War 2.
The action starts around the 10-minute mark. (video courtesy of Dr. Saturday)
The meat and potatoes of the video above…
“Right now we’re like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they’re coming. You have the binoculars, and it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.’ That’s what they did, they were in the bunkers. It’s coming, they call Rommel — they can’t find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) ‘What do we do? I’m not doing anything until I get orders.’ (Pretends to look through binoculars.) ‘Have you gotten Rommel yet?’
“All right, and the Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. ‘What do we do? I don’t know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.’ They weren’t looking for (help). That’s where we’ve got to make that transition.
“I don’t want the German people to get upset at me. I’m not attacking them, but that’s what happened. You had one group, they weren’t worried about what the plan was and orders and all that. When the war hits, things change. You’ve got to go. You had the other group, and they go, ‘Wait a minute. They told us the invasion was way further north’ where we had the empty tanks and we were hiding Patton out. ‘We weren’t ready for this, now what do we do?’ ‘We better wait until Rommel tells us what to do.’
“I hope I got my names right.”
Although many will debate just how serious comments like these should be taken, one thing is for certain. Providing a pretty elaborate comparison of anything to the Germans in WW2 won’t gain you any friends. Well, at least friends that you’d probably not want to gain.
If anything can come from this, it should help distract many from the fact that Tennessee is a 17.5-point underdog on Saturday at South Carolina and a double-digit underdog for the 6th time in 8 games.