Barbara Dooley Defends “Precious”

Tired of all the deadlines, talking heads and scorched-earth politicos? Nothing lifts the spirit more on a boring Friday afternoon after a long-slog-work-week-after-vacation than a good college football story.

Barbara Dooley (as in Mrs. Vince) made news this week, and no, she wasn’t selling bacon on the radio again*. Nor was she dressed bizarrely for the UGA/UT game.

Tim Bryant, the morning host for WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, was interviewing two Knoxville reporters, Andrew Gribble of the News Sentinel and Dave Hooker of on whether University of Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley was on the Coach’s Hot Seat for this week’s game against UGA.

Barbara was tootling around Athens, heard the exchange on the air and promptly drove to the station to give the guys what for in defense of her youngest, “Precious.” Like any good Southern mother, she defended her boy with vigor. She spouted pertinent stats and made Rep. Tom Graves wait on hold. She even earned double bonus points for making today’s’s Curious Index.

She’s right. Football is important. Why else would the federal government be so interested in meddling with the BCS?

*Gratuitous Athens 1980’s reference there. If you weren’t there, you wouldn’t get it.


  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    Ms. Dooley is also right that her son, Derek Dooley, walked into one helluva mess left behind by that walking infraction, Mr. “Lane Violation”, Lane Kiffin at the end of his one-year tenure.

    (Derek Dooley has actually done one helluva job in keeping the Volunteers’ program out of the deep abyss where many a program in their situation usually ends up. Come on? Six wins and a bowl appearance in the combined aftermath and destruction of Fulmer’s decline and a much regretted allowed appearance by Hurricane Kiffin? For a program that should and would otherwise likely be hopelessly staring up from the deep-end of a very murky SEC pool, that’s quite a coaching performance)

  2. Calypso says:

    Fulmer was bad, Kiffin was worse. Hope DD at least restores integrity to UT, just not with a win tomorrow.

  3. Clint says:

    ESPN just gave a shout out to Barbara Dooley in echoing her sentiments about Derek.

    Barbara is a one of a kind! One of the most charismatic women to live in the state of Georgia.

  4. Ken says:

    I seem to remember that some people tried to draft Mrs. Dooley to run for Congress back in the day. I can’t remember which party it was though. Does anyone remember?

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