KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL Editor-in-Chief Jack McElroy reports that Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley recently decided to invite only his favorite reporters to watch a scrimmage that was otherwise closed to the media.
(Dooley blockading reporters a slippery slope or no biggie?)
McElroy reports that Dooley granted access to those reporters, “as a reward for their work thus far in the season.”
Most Tennessee followers, especially in light of Lane Kiffin’s awkward departure, want to give Derek Dooley the benefit of the doubt despite his only previous head coaching experience coming at Louisiana Tech. But as Dooley’s hire didn’t exactly excite most Volunteers fans, it was important for the coach to take a no-nonsense approach at the outset of his Knoxville tenure. (Up until now, Dooley had done that.)
So it’s surprising that Dooley has already taken up the unprecedented practice of evaluating the performance of reporters before coaching his first game. Even more surprising was Dooley’s decision to shut certain outlets out from covering a squad he’s yet to lead onto a live game field. Read more…