Dooley and Saban gives lesson in Coach Speak

Want a lesson on Coach Speak 101? If so you should have listened in on today's SEC teleconference with Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley and Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. Go "Inside" to hear what both head coaches had to say this morning about this Saturday's matchup.

Want a lesson on Coach Speak 101?

If so you should have listened in on today's SEC teleconference with Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley and Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban.

Both had nothing but great things to say about each other, while making their teams sound just about average, definitely not above average.

"I'm impressed with how much Tennessee has improved," Saban said. "They are well coached and they have them playing well right now. We will see their best game of the year."

This is Dooley's first time to be an active part of the "Third Saturday in October" rivalry, but he admitted that as a boy he grew up watching the battles.

"This game is very special," Dooley said. "I have watched over the years this rivalry, it's what makes the SEC great and makes Tennessee such a great place to coach at. I have told the players it's an honor to be a part of this game."

Dooley has been impressed with his team's focus and competitive level during the off week and this week so far.

"We are starting to compete better on a daily basis," Dooley said. "We have no choice to if we want to be able to compete in this league."

Saban thought his team played better against Ole Miss than they did against South Carolina.

"I thought we played better from an intangible standpoint last week against Ole Miss," Saban said. "Our players have responded well so far this week."

Neither coach would give much insight on what to expect this weekend from their respective squad.

Dooley was asked how much time true freshman quarterback Tyler Bray might play.

"That's a hard question to answer," Dooley said. "We will have to wait and see. We will have to navigate through the waters and see what happens. In a perfect world you want to stick with just one guy, we aren't in that situation at Tennessee right now. Only time will tell how much he will play."

Saban was asked about several players that were banged up in the Ole Miss game.

"Everyone practiced yesterday," Saban said. "We will evaluate everyone a little more today. They should be ok."

Hope you got more out of this story reading it than I did writing it or listening to this teleconference. As you can see it was a great example of a lecture if you wanted to learn how college coaches talk to the media.


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