Tennessee coach Derek Dooley decided to give a history lesson during his weekly news conference Monday. Dooley thought it would be a good idea to talk about World War II and compare his team to the Nazis during the D-Day invasion. Really. You can’t make this stuff up.
Right now we’re like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they’re coming. You have the binoculars, and it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.’ That’s what they did, they were in the bunkers. It’s coming, they call Rommel — they can’t find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) ‘What do we do? I’m not doing anything until I get orders.’ (Pretends to look through binoculars.) ‘Have you gotten Rommel yet?’
All right, and the Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. ‘What do we do? I don’t know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.’ They weren’t looking for (help). That’s where we’ve got to make that transition.’
When will coaches learn to NEVER make an analogy involving real life war, death or sickness when discussing their team? It always misses the mark. Remember Nick Saban comparing a loss to 9/11? Or Mike Bellotti comparing the BCS to cancer? I suppose Dooley’s comments are tame compared to some of the other anology gaffes we’ve seen from coaches.
I think my favorite part of Dooley’s crash and burn Monday was when he actually said: “I don’t want the German people to get upset at me.” I am sure that will save him a lot of hate mail out of Berlin.