Derek Dooley Fired, Effective Immediately
Dooley was released of all duties Sunday, one day after losing 41-18 to Vanderbilt. He owned a 15-21 record that included an 0-15 mark against Top 25 opponents, while posting a 4-19 Southeastern Conference record.
"This is a result-based profession," said Athletic Director Dave Hart. "You cannot ignore the results at the end of the day."
In addition, the Volunteers will be finishing their third consecutive losing season for the first time since 1909-11. If they don’t beat Kentucky this Saturday, it’ll be the first time in school history that the Vols finish with a winless conference record.
Bleacher Report has a list of coaches that could potentially save Tennessee’s football program, with ESPN analyst John Gruden leading the pack. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, TCU coach Gary Patterson and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze are also included.
Dooley declined the option to coach the Vols’ final game, so offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as Tennessee's interim coach against Kentucky.
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