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Over the past few months Derek Dooley has had seven assistants on his staff leave for other opportunities, and has been able to turn around and fill those spots with some quality coaches. Dooley compared the off-season moves with starting a company.

"I kind of view it as sort of a correction. When you start a company, when you start anything, you always have that little initial correction to kind of fix all the things maybe you didn't get right in the beginning."

“I think some left because the fit wasn't right, I think some left because they maybe allowed the fear...the fear made the wolf a little bigger than it was. I think some left just because professionally they thought it would be a good growth situation." he explained.

The head coach added that the new staff has been able to transition seamlessly so far, and the players seem to be embracing the new energy.

“I don't want to compare the staffs; I think it's a little premature. This group's only been here a couple of months. What I can tell you is that I believe this group has a real good understanding of Tennessee, the SEC and what it takes to be successful in this league."

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.