Derek Dooley is back in the SEC as Missouri’s offensive coordinator. But to Clay Travis, Dooley has the potential to lead another program in the future.
Speaking on WJOX 94.5 FM on Tuesday, the Outkick the Coverage analyst touched on Dooley’s potential with the Tigers and beyond. You’ll remember that Dooley went 15-21 with one bowl appearance as Tennessee’s coach from 2010-12, before he worked as a wide receivers coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 2013-17.
Dooley, 49, is inheriting a promising Missouri offense, which features a seasoned quarterback in Drew Lock. To Travis, a year or two of quality production with the Tigers might allow Dooley to become a head coach again.
“He got a lot of the gigs that he got at a young age, so he still has the potential,” Travis told WJOX 94.5 FM. “You hear a guy who’s 50 [years old]. Most people would say, ‘Oh, that’s not very old for a head coach. You’ve got a solid decade to be a head coach.’ So if he can do a good job this year and maybe next year at Mizzou, I think certainly he has the potential to get another head-coaching job.”
Travis makes a solid point. It’s not out of the question to consider Dooley to be head-coach material again. His struggle at Tennessee will be considered old news if Dooley leads Missouri’s offense to be among the nation’s best.
If you factor in the assistant’s experience in the NFL, Dooley offers plenty of positives at this stage of his professional life. For now, Missouri fans should be eager to see what Dooley will do for the Tigers this year.
Click below to listen to Travis’ complete interview:
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