Chaney in Charge For Vols Season Finale
Before a new era in Tennessee football can begin, the Vols must finish up one more game from the Derek Dooley era. But Dooley won't be calling the shots. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will handle the head coaching duties this weekend against Kentucky.
Jim Chaney stated the obvious about the final week of the season for the Tennessee football team. "I think it's hard on every human being that's involved in transition. Unfortunately, transition is apart of our game. We've got to step up to the plate, and put on our big boy pads. When you walk into programs like tennessee, you understand those things are possibilities."
Reporter-"Any idea on how the players will react?" Said Chaney,"None. I have no idea. I think we have a mature group. I'm looking for that maturity and leadership."
But Chaney still expects to see a better effort against Kentucky than the one Tennessee showed against Vandy. "I think this team is motivated. I think they are shook up a little bit right now. They'll bounce back and come around. Hoping those 13 seniors have something to say about that. We're excited about seeing them go play."
Even though Tennessee fired Coach Dooley, Chaney will always be in Dooley's corner. "I believe in Derek Dooley. I stuck with him as long as I could. I'd be with him all the time. He's a good man and a good football coach, and that'll never change." Reporter-"This team showed so much promise at the state of the season. Why was it never really able to get over the hump?" Said Chaney,"You know, it's a difficult question. I don't really know the answer to all of that. We'll take time to look back and reflect at the things we do at the conclusion of the season."
One question not difficult for Chaney. Who will be Tennessee's starting quarterback this Saturday. Reporter-"Is there a question mark at who is going to start at quarterback?" Said Chaney,"No there's not. Tyler Bray will be the starting quarterback."