(Sports) Dooley: Tennessee ready to compete again in SEC

Derek Dooley finally is speaking the language Tennessee fans love to hear and haven’t been able to use for too many years. “You’re not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore,” Dooley boasted at Southeastern Conference media days. He didn’t stop there either.

“I feel like we got a team that can go toe-to-toe for four quarters with all the teams in our league,” the Tennessee coach said.

Now the man whose job security depends on how many games his Volunteers win in his third season just has to back up all that tough talk. Tennessee has posted three losing records in the past four years and haven’t finished ranked in the Top 25 since 2007. Dooley’s first two seasons featured the first consecutive losing seasons in a century.