Multiple former Tennessee football players blasted ex-Vols coach Derek Dooley during a Q&A session at a youth camp on Saturday.
The players did not play for Dooley themselves, but criticized the environment the coach brought to the program during his time there. In his three seasons as coach from 2010-2012, he went a combined 15-21 before getting fired after a loss.
"Derek Dooley was a loser," said former tailback Corey Larkins. "He'll always be a loser and he rubbed off on the program and created a losing attitude."
Another former player, fullback Troy Fleming, said the players call him "Derek Doolittle," and also said that the coach "really did very little."
Former linebacker Al Wilson did not even want to say either Dooley's or Lane Kiffin's name, saying 'they don't deserve to have their names mentioned with Tennessee football." Kiffin coached the Vols for one season, in 2009.
All three played under former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, who led the program for 17 years.
Butch Jones took over the position after Dooley and went 5-7 last season. But the players said they noticed a marked change between the two coaches.
"With Coach Jones, when you walk into the facility now it's like you never left," said Larkin. "The guys who have worked around the program for years are at ease now, which tells you things are good again. The biggest thing about Coach Jones is he actually does his job."
Dooley is now the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
- Molly Geary