Dooley compares struggling Vols to Germans in WWII

By: Beth Rucker, AP Sports Writer
By: Beth Rucker, AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley compares his young, inexperienced team's struggles to the German forces during the Allies' invasion of Normandy during World War II.

Speaking during his weekly media appearance on Monday, Dooley offered a 2-minute-long description of the confusion caused by the surprise of the Americans landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day and the Germans' slow reaction.

Dooley says right now "we're like the Germans in World War II ... like, 'Oh my God, the invasion is coming."' Dooley added that he didn't "want the German people to get upset at me. I'm not attacking (them), but that's what happened."

Maybe he didn't want to anger anyone, but someone usually gets upset whenever there is a comparison between sports and military battles.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by tony on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    According to the D-Day Museum, There have been "verified 2499 American D-Day fatalities." Dooley is a fool to use this terrible example to excuse his and his team's sorry play in a football game. The families of soldiers killed there and veterans of all wars should let him know what a goofy job of representing himself as having any respect for their sacrifice. There is NO apoloogy that can be given that will ever remove the pain this has caused.
  • by Sports oOvertime Location: Knoxville on Oct 26, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    Wingnut, This is one part of the news conference. You can watch the entire news conference by clicking on the appropriate story. During Monday's show, we did talk about the topic playing two quarterbacks. We also addressed Schofield's injury situation (He should play by the way). But again, you can hear Dooley talk about those topics, and many more, by watching the news conference--which is streamed to VolunteerTV.com
  • by Wingnut on Oct 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM
    That is really all you got out of the whole press conference? Way to go guys, you are all over the Volunteer beat. Q. What did he say about 2 QB's playing again this week? A. He said something about one of them being German and one American. Q. What did he say about getting Schofield back? A. He said he was German.

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