After the Tennessee Volunteers lost 20-12 to the Georgia Bulldogs (watch video highlights here), Derek Dooley was not in the best of moods. When asked by reporters if his team could catch up in the race for the SEC East, he responded with the following analogy:
“I can’t speak for them being up or down. I know we’re not up. It’s pretty evident. We’re not going to beat anybody until we prove it. Are we playing better? I think we are. I think we’re better in a lot of things. Are we close to getting out there and competing against good SEC football teams? Not yet. Not yet.
We’re water and bamboo. That’s about all I can say. Bamboo sits there and you water it, and you water it, and you water it. It sits there and it doesn’t grow and it doesn’t grow and you water it and you keep watering it and nothing’s happening. If you don’t understand bamboo, you say it’s never going to grow. And then you come out and it goes ZHOOM! That’s what’s going to happen. I don’t know when that is.
I can’t sit there and worry about ‘they’re down, if we don’t get them now, we’ll never get them.’ We’ll get them, our time will come, it’s not right now. We make too many mistakes, we’re not good enough in some places and we just got to learn from it and try to improve.
We’ve got 1 and 2 coming in. What do you do? Nobody going to feel sorry for Tennessee. That’s what I told the team.”
What do you think of this comparison?
Before you make fun of Derek Dooley, be warned that his mother is defending him: