Derek Dooley, the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, was hired in December to replace Jack Bicknell at Louisiana Tech. He's a former attorney turned coach who spent the past seven years as an assistant to Nick Saban. Dooley scored points Monday during the Western Athletic Conference media day in San Jose with several entertaining quotes. Among them:
On Louisiana Tech's difficult travel schedule in the WAC: "I think it's an excuse. 'It's not fair we had to travel.' ... That's ludicrous. These guys are 18 years old, 20 years old, they stay out until 3 in the morning anyway. These guys don't even know what morning and night is. And you're telling me they're tired? I don't buy it."
On Louisiana Tech's need to play "money" games against big-time opponents: "Nick [Saban] always told me it's not about the money. It's about the amount."
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