Derek Dooley’s Uncomfortable History Lesson

By Adam Kramer   Oct. 25, 2010

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.

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    1. [...] This won’t end well – Derek Dooley comparing his team to the Nazis [Kegs 'N Eggs] [...]


    2. Phil Halladay
      10/27/10

      I wish that people would stop using combat to compare to a sport as if they were experienced in combat. I am experienced in both. The level of terror in war is not in sport..the awful destuction of human bodies in sport is rare compared to what happens in war! D-Day should never be remembered like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    3. 10/28/10

      i see nothing wrong with giving these college liberals a history lesson on what happened in wwii – my father and his 2 brothers fought the germans in the pa. 28th division and pattons 3rd army -i doubt if any of these clowns knew what he was talkin about! US NAVY VETERAN!


    4. YB4life
      10/28/10

      If any of you understand history you will recall exactly what he is referencing. I took it exactly how he planned for it to be taken. The team can set around and say “someone please tell us what to do” or we can take matters in hand and start a plan of action. Someone has to step up and lead and right now no one on that team is doing that. NO WAY did he intend for his analogy to be a slap in the face nor did he use the term “Nazi” Some people just need to get a clue, this guy is well versed. Coaches’ use battle plans all the time to get across to players. Being a former player we understood the ones given to us. Writers and small minded people cannot understand how players respond and what sinks in to us to prepare us mentally to execute.
      So please people get over it. Nothing said was said in a derogatory way. Find a real cause and help change this world and leave the coaching to the men who know how to shape us young men.


    5. 11/15/10

      You people are retarded…it was a perfect analogy…well said and historically accurate. You idiots take it offensive because you are not smart enough to understand the relevance and ingenious and articulate manner inwhich it was delivered. It was waaaaaayyyy over the heads of media nad most sports fans. I applaud Coach Dooley for having the brains, the nerve and the proper vocabulary to provide such an entertaining and informative view of where his team is right now.

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