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Dooley with a Chance of Meatballs: Former Tennessee coach gets his Urban Meyer cold pizza moment

Derek Dooley chowing down on some spaghetti and meatballs in the bowels of Neyland Stadium after Alabama lost the Third Saturday in October to Tennessee is a sight to behold.

Former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley caused Vols fans a lot of pain back in the day. Now, the Alabama analyst gets to enjoy his lukewarm spaghetti and meatballs after a Third Saturday in October loss in the catacombs of the college football cathedral he used to call his home.

Not since Urban Meyer nommed on some cold Papa Johns pizza in Indianapolis nearly a decade ago have we seen a college coach look so sad eating some delicious Americanized Italian cuisine. Of course, this happened hours after Indianapolis Colts GOAT punter Pat McAfee did his backflip belly flop for Vol Navy in checkered overalls into the Tennessee River like the good paisan he is.

When how you doing, keep it moving becomes how you doing, keep it chewing…

Derek Dooley is the antithesis of Butch Jones smoking his victory cigar

This is Dooley’s first season getting the Nick Saban treatment in Tuscaloosa. While he briefly reinvented himself as a wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2013-17 after washing out in Knoxville, it did not go well for him in his two previous jobs. He was Barry Odom’s offensive coordinator before his Missouri fired one of its own and he was with Joe Judge’s New York Giants.

Dooley might be best known for being the son of Georgia’s iconic former head football coach Vince Dooley, but his name only brings up pain in Knoxville. With the brightest orange pants you could ever hope to see, Dooley went 15-21 overall and a disastrous 4-19 in SEC play during his three years driving the Vols into the ground from 2010-12. He took over after Lane Kiffin went to USC.

Although Alabama finds itself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to running the gauntlet and getting back to the College Football Playoff, the Saban treatment does coaches a world of good. Dooley is in need of a massive reinvention, but he is fortunate in that his side of the ball is not the problem in Tuscaloosa. He will be fine, but the same cannot be said for Pete Golding.

The man just wanted to eat his pasta in peace, but he unknowingly became amazing viral content.

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