Derek Dooley's practice policies notebook

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley came out of hibernation Wednesday afternoon to announce his new media policies. Go "Inside" this edition of the notebook to hear all the new head coaches' policies regarding access to both media and the public.

Public Access

First and foremost the bad news, NO public access at any time. The times of open practices to the public are over. The first and last glance the Tennessee faithful will have of its new football team will be on April 17 at the Orange and White game. After that they will have to wait till opening day of the fall season.

Spring Practice

Tennessee spring football practices are open to the media ONLY during the individual drills. Following the drills the remaining practice time will be closed.


Members of the media should not use cell phones at practice, and are not permitted to report on injuries that occur during practice.

Spring Practice Schedule

Practice days are as follows. March 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30. April 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, and 15. Orange and White Game: April 17 2:00 p.m.

Assistant Coaches

Derek Dooley believes there should be one voice for his "corporation." The new policy regarding assistant coaches will be as follows, "assistant coach topics of discussion are limited to coach/player feature stories."

Player Interviews

Players will be available at set times throughout the week after practices. Although coach Dooley noted that true freshman will not be available for interviews.


According to Coach Dooley a scrimmage is just a practice. Which means that they are closed to the fans and the media. Including spring and fall camp scrimmages.

Fall Practice

Again all practices will be closed to the general public. Media will be permitted to attend individual drills on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mondays in the Fall

Head Coach Derek Dooley will hold a weekly media interview and press conference beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be player interviews from 11:30-1:00p.m. Head coach Derek Dooley will begin at 12:30. Dooley's media interview will be available live through

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