“Recruiting in this Conference is running a marathon. With the marathon, you don’t swing for the fences on your first try. It’s a race you’ve got to learn. It takes time to master the feeling of a marathon.” Derek Dooley Feb 1 2012, Nashville NSD Celebration.
Dooley closed this recruiting class like he makes game time second half adjustments: he finishes STRONG. Right Santos and Otha???
He is one smart man! I forget about how much I respect his honesty. Get some great coaches around him, and some talent on the field. This guy is going to be successful. Here is a heartfelt message to this nationally ranked recruiting class that kinda fills our needs:
Welcome to Tennessee Gentlemen. Home of a rich tradition, an unbelievable fan base and a great university. My hope for you is that you have a great career. And when you leave our beloved Tennessee we all hope you can look back fondly on your days here. Now that you have become VFL my promise is to always support and be positive, even in the darkest days. God Bless and God speed and GO VOLS. To those that chose to spurn my beloved Vols, I wish you well but let it be known you are now and always will be the enemy. You had a golden opportunity and chose not to take it. So if you ever are fortunate enough to face the Vols, that target on your back, you put it there yourself. We do not forgive or forget anyone who turns their back on us. So remember an old saying when your laying on your back atop the grass of Shields-Watkins,looking up at 100,000 ( You made your bed now lie in it).
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