UT's Dooley had 'mixed feelings' on Muschamp hire

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley during day two of the 2011 SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., on Thursday, July 21, 2011.

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Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.

HOOVER, Ala. — New Florida coach Muschamp coached at LSU with second-year Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, and the two are friends who stay in touch. But they might have a different view of their friendship when the Vols come to Gainesville on Sept. 17.

“I had mixed feelings (when he took the UF job),” Dooley said. “I was proud of him. He deserved it. He's earned it. But I'd rather he be at Texas because he's a friend of mine. I mean, that's just how it is.

“I don't think that has any impact, I really don't, on the game. I think we make this a bigger deal than it is. I don't know him in a way and he doesn't know me in a way that's going to be this difference-maker on game day. We're certainly not going to be concerned about the other's well-being on game day.

“I just think it's probably a bigger story than we're making it out to as it relates to the competitive part of it on the game day.”

Dooley predicts success for Muschamp at UF.

“He's going to do a great job, there's no doubt in my mind,” Dooley said. “But we got to play each other every year and that's a big game for both programs.”

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