UT's Jim Chaney takes over as coach after Dooley ouster

UT's Jim Chaney takes over as coach after Dooley ouster

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Interim Head Coach Jim Chaney said he wasn't treating Saturday's game against Kentucky as any kind of audition. He just wants the Vols to win. Interim Head Coach Jim Chaney said he wasn't treating Saturday's game against Kentucky as any kind of audition. He just wants the Vols to win.

By JIM WOGAN
6 Sports Director

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The last time Tennessee football had an interim head coach was in 1992.

Phillip Fulmer turned that into an audition and a year later he got the job on a full-time basis.

On Monday, Chaney said he wasn't treating Saturday's game against Kentucky as any kind of audition. He just wants the Vols to win.

He's been coaching college football teams for nearly thirty years. But last Saturday at Neyland Stadium, Jim Chaney was thrust into something he's never faced before.

"I've been around football a long time. I think I understand the role, but until you do it you have no idea. I have no idea what a head coach does. Never done it before," he said.

Chaney met with Tennessee players Monday morning and called them motivated even after the weekend's chaotic events.

"I am beyond that. College football is such a business, I have no opinion in it. It is what it is," said tight end Mychal Rivera.

"We obviously knew it wasn't going to be a great moment for Coach Dooley after the game. We were expecting it," said linebacker Jacques Smith.

"He came in here this morning and basically told us that, guys, sudden change happens every day in life. All it is is a life lesson and all you have to do is learn from it an move on," said offensive lineman Antonio Richardson.

"I think they're shook up a little bit. I am hoping they will bounce back and come around. I think those 13 seniors will have something to say about that and we're excited to see them go play," said Chaney.

"We need a good practice on Tuesday and Wednesday," he continued. "I think they're shell-shocked right now as any team would be."

And the notion that coaches can separate their personal lives from the business side of college football is wrong. It can't happen, Chaney said.

He said the game itself is personal and coaches live it and die it.

Chaney also added that he stayed with Coach Dooley as long as he could.

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