I would like to say this makes sense and he is being even handed and fair. That is the lawyer in me. The Knoxville police haven't brought charges beyond those on the night of the incident. If that is the case, then Dooley has two choices, keep the suspension and bring further suspicion on his players or re-instate them and 'move on.'
The only problem is there are too many unanswered questions about the night at Bar Knoxville.
Am I the only one that see the discongruity of the two statements in the following quote (taken from ESPN.com's article linked above):
"The pair has been suspended since the July 9 brawl, though their roles in the incident have never been made clear by police. Dooley said Tuesday he's comfortable with the punishment Walls and King have served and said the pair have had good attitudes and shown remorse about the incident,"Dooley is playing lawya ball here. The police don't have anything on his boys. His boys have shown remorse to the coach for the incident (indicating they were involved), but Dooley knows the police can't do anything legal to them, so he's putting them back on the team.
I wonder if Steward Mandel thinks Derek Dooley is a dirty coach?
Will at Rocky Top Talk offers a very measured and thoughtful fan's perspective.