Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley is a busy man. As both the athletic director and the head football coach for the Bulldogs, his days are filled to the brim with meetings and responsibilities. But don't just take our word for it. Check out his daily schedule:
4:30am: Wake up to Offspring's "Pretty Fly for a White Guy"
5:00am: Breakfast of yogurt, pure caffeine, and actual nails.
5:30am: Work a second job to help pay for the Wall Street bailout.
8:00am: Lead a body image seminar for the softball team.
9:00am: Drink a Surge.
11:30am: Feign happiness over Taylor Bennett's transferring to LaTech.
12:30pm: Skip lunch because lunch is for weaklings.
2:15pm: Take a nap in a hyperbaric chamber.
5:00pm: Attend football practice. Stare a hole through every member of the offensive line guilty of a false start.
6:00pm: Wrestle the state of Mississippi.
9:30pm: Cosby Show.
10:00pm: Prank call everyone who has ever wronged him.
Dooley has no time for simple tasks that the rest of us enjoy, like socializing, video games, or blinking. He simply has too much on his plate.
And somehow he has managed to handle it all very capably. In fact, despite all his responsibilities and obligations, Dooley is consistently mentioned as one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the WAC and even in America. He has that certain look to him that instills confidence and belief and a good dose of fear.
And it's funny because we seem to have a laughable disinterest in the rest of the WAC coaches, yet we can't help but be captivated by Dooley and his possibly unlimited potential. If you believe the things you hear, Dooley is either destined to lead Tech to a national championship or to re-form the seven continents into a prehistoric Pangea and rule over them as King of Earth. We are inclined to believe the latter, although either one would be pretty impressive.
But lost amid all this Dooley love is whether or not the man can actually coach. Certainly he can lead, and certainly he can kill a man by looking at him. But when it comes down to crunch time in the fourth quarter and he is matching wits against Coach Pete in a close game, will Dooley measure up?
OK, that was a bad example. Replace Coach Pete with Chris Ault and then ask the question again. The answer, of course, is that we don't know yet. He has only been head coach of the Bulldogs for two years, and there is still lots of time left for him to either ascend into the coaching ranks of Coach Pete, Pat Hill, and other non-BCS winners or descend into the overrated sea of Dick Tomeys and Hal Mummes.
Tomorrow may be a pretty good indicator of how far Dooley has come. Wrestling the state of Mississippi will have to wait.
Read more: Dooley noted for unique duality at Louisiana Tech [USA Today]