Volunteers cleaning up their act

As Lane Kiffin's replacement, Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley, inherited a situation too dirty to bare.

Dooley was greeted by a smelly environment that an NCAA investigation couldn't address.

Recent staph infections among Volunteers players prompted a lesson in how to get clean, Dooley told the Knoxville News Sentinel on Wednesday.

"We had, I told them, the worst shower discipline of any team I've ever been around," he said. "So we talked a little bit about application of soap to the rag and making sure you hit all your body.

"You know, you can neglect it trying to cut corners, and it shows in how you practice and elsewhere," Dooley said. "I'm hoping we show some improvement in that."

Some teams use the school's fight song to celebrate a win, but Dooley is teaching his players the words to "Rub-A-Dub-Dub."

■ MAKING GRAMPS PROUD -- Senior tight end Nick O'Leary flipped the bird to opposing players and fans after his team from Dwyer High School in Palm Beach, Fla., lost 26-22 to Cleveland Glenville in a controversial finish to a game played Monday at Ohio Stadium, home of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Adding hype -- and embarrassment -- to the incident, O'Leary is the grandson of golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who attended the game and was interviewed during the live ESPN broadcast. Nicklaus, who graduated from Ohio State, grew up within a few miles of the stadium.

O'Leary, one of the top tight end recruits in the nation, caught nine passes for 152 yards and scored two touchdowns for the reigning Florida Class 4A champions. The Florida High School Athletic Association has suspended him for two games because of the postgame gesture.

Televised replays showed that Dwyer twice scored what should have been a go-ahead touchdown in the final moments.

The Palm Beach Post reported Dwyer coach Jack Daniels was dismayed over the suspension as well as the game officiating by the Ohio-based crew.

"We think it's a bunch of crap," Daniels said. "There are no repercussions for the adults who made the calls on the field, but there is for an 18-year-old kid who reacted in the heat of the moment.

"He played 140 snaps against Glenville, on both sides, punting and returning kicks. He was frustrated."

OK, give the lad a mulligan.

■ GUN FOR TICKETS -- The demand for NASCAR race tickets received a shot in the arm -- almost literally -- last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga.

A Hampton police officer told WSB-TV in Atlanta that 51-year-old Michael Lynn Sherer managed to trade a .22 caliber pistol for two tickets to the Sprint Cup race.

Authorities in Alabama said Sherer escaped from an Alabama jail, where he was being held on a murder charge in the killing of a 52-year-old man on Aug. 24.