KNOXVILLE (AP) — Derek Dooley wasn't in a talking mood after addressing his team with a passionate, profanity-laced speech. The usually affable Tennessee coach skipped his regular post-practice appearance with media.
Several Volunteers acknowledged that Tuesday's practice was sluggish and that some players still seemed affected by the team's 33-23 loss to Florida on Saturday. Dooley could be heard yelling at the team at the end of practice but sent word through Tennessee sports information staff that he would not speak with reporters.
The Vols (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) have a bye this weekend and are spending this week holding training-camp like sessions. They're also re-working parts of their offense to make up for the loss of top wide receiver Justin Hunter, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.