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Dupree on players giving up on Joker and getting rid of team “cancers”


Earlier today, someone asked Bud Dupree about Joker Phillips, and Dupree said that he felt a lot of people really started to “give up” on Joker towards the end of his tenure. During the interview sessions, I asked Dupree to expand on that. Here are his comments:

“Once you’re losing so many games, people just start to think why they are listening to a certain guy. Coach Joker was a great coach, but I think people just gave up on him too easy. I was never one of those guys who gave up on him. Now, with Coach Stoops, even though we only won two games last year, he made sure people didn’t give up on him and people didn’t think about throwing the towel in and so on. That played a big role on why people came back this offseason so strong and so hard even though they’ve seen us go through the struggle again and see that he’s with us the whole time.”

On Stoops helping transition a losing mentality to a winning mentality:

“[Stoops] brought a different mindset to people. And it started with people who, if you weren’t all in on the team, you gotta go. So once people started leaving the team who were a cancer, you’ve gotta make sure people are all in for the team and benefit the team in the long run. All the people who were on the sideline just saying ‘oh, I hate being at practice,’ stuff like that, they gotta go. Once everything happened, no dead weight, the team started to rise up.”

Strong words.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

12 Comments for Dupree on players giving up on Joker and getting rid of team “cancers”

  1. SoCal Will
    4:13 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Stooper Scooper for the dead weight was much needed. Great follow up question and answer.

  2. Harry D
    4:59 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Stoops will always get the benefit of the doubt that Joker wouldn’t from fans and media and that trickles down to the team. Just like Gillispie got the benefit of the doubt after Tubby. Even after losing to Gardner Webb, San Diego, and Vanderbilt by damn near 50, the fans stuck by him. Fans wanted Joker gone immediately.

    Stoops has more talent on this team than Joker had in any of his 3 years and if he wins 5 games he’ll be a hero.

    • raccoon
      5:24 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

      Uh, Billy G got what benefit of the doubt? We fired Billy G after two seasons which is unheard of in major college sports. Joker Phillips had three unsuccessful years with his last year being 2-10. Overall 13-24 and 0 for 1 in bowl games.

      One major difference is Joker inherited a team that was working on consecutive winning seasons while Stoops inherited a team that was 2-10 and winless in the SEC. Joker was also clueless as a head coach. Several obvious and inexcusable mistakes like the punt at Tennessee. I was at the game and even the Vol fans were like “what is he doing?”

      So I’m not sure what you are getting at, but it is way off base.

  3. J-Dub421
    4:59 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Really nice work reporting from SEC Media days Mrs. Tyler. Good job.

  4. Oh really?
    5:18 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Fans stuck by Gillispie? Maybe after Gardner Webb, but that was about it. Most were calling for his head soon after, especially when the “player abuse” stories started coming out. Nice revisionist history though.

    • Oh really?
      5:19 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

      (Meant to post as a reply to Harry D)

  5. sincitycat
    6:00 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Any guess as to who the “cancers” were? Thanks.

  6. TrueBlue
    6:40 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Can you explain what you are talking about punting at tennessee?

  7. TrueBlue
    6:41 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    Can you explain what you are referring to “punting at Tennessee”?

  8. hal
    7:08 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    “joker let ppl quit on him & our new coach had a much better mentality/attitude after a terrible season….. but joker was a great coach”

    • Unboltedharp
      11:22 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

      Joker was a miserable coach. A coach in waiting that never ever showed up. NO excitement on the sidelines, boring post game interviews. He brought nothing to the team or fans. It’s no wonder no one wanted to play for him. When he lost the Western game at home on the “waterboy” play it was over. I’d would have fired him before the post game show. Stoops is working his butt off and that’s something any fan would appreciate!!!

  9. Easy
    10:03 pm July 17, 2014 Permalink

    College sports is a business. Business partners bail on each other all the time. Only when businesses masquerade as “educational” ventures do the masses expect some measure of morality lesson from the entire charade.