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Dooley fired, won’t coach finale

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UPDATED 11:28 a.m. ET: And it’s officially official.

In a press release, Tennessee confirmed myriad earlier reports that Derek Dooley will not return as the Vols’ head football coach.  Dooley has also coached his last game as well as offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as the interim head coach in the final game against Kentucky.

“I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future,” said Dooley in a statement. “Although progress was not reflected in our record, I am proud of the strides we made to strengthen the foundation for future success in all areas of the program.

“During the last 34 months, I’ve given my all for Tennessee, and our family appreciates all this University and the Knoxville community has given us.”

Athletic director Dave Hart will conduct a 2 p.m. ET press conference Sunday to address his decision and discuss in which direction the football program will head.

“We very much appreciate the effort and energy that Derek Dooley and his staff have poured into our football program at the University of Tennessee,” Hart said in his statement. “Derek and I met early this morning, and I informed him that I believed a change in leadership, despite the positive contributions he has made to the overall health of the program, was in the best long-term interests of Tennessee football. We will immediately begin the search for the best possible candidate to assume this leadership role.”

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ORIGINAL POST 11:18 a.m. ET: It’s all but officially buh-bye to Coach Orange Pants.

On the hot seat throughout most of 2011 and deep into 2012, Derek Dooley‘s was seen by most observers as having irreparably damaged his chances of returning as Tennessee’s head coach with a blowout loss to in-state rival Vanderbilt Saturday.  If one report comes to fruition, the end will officially come in just a couple of hours.

According to Knoxville radio personality Jimmy Hyams, Dooley has indeed been fired as the Vols’ coach after three seasons.  Per Hyams, athletic director Dave Hart will conduct a press conference at 2 p.m. ET Sunday to announce the dismissal, and Dooley will not be in attendance.

VolQuest.com reports that, at Dooley’s request, he will not coach UT’s regular-season finale against Kentucky this Saturday.

The school has yet to address the reports of Dooley’s status for the the UK game and beyond.

In his three seasons with the Vols, Dooley has compiled a 15-21 overall record.  Most damaging to Dooley’s coaching prospects has been his record in conference play.  The Vols are just 4-19 in the SEC under Dooley, having lost their last eight league games and 14 of the last 15.

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48 Responses to “Dooley fired, won’t coach finale”
  1. kozbee says: Nov 18, 2012 11:27 AM

    Tenn has to stop the bleeding and move on,bring back Fulmer and a few dozen glazed donuts.

  2. deadeye says: Nov 18, 2012 11:29 AM

    Bobby Petrino, get your bags packed, you’re moving to Knoxville.

  3. weswelkerspornstash says: Nov 18, 2012 11:29 AM

    I thought they would at least wait until church was out.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:29 AM

    Well, this is about as shocking as when the boat sank in Titanic.

    Dooley seems to be a good man, but he is a horrible coach-thank you very much Mike Hamilton.

    The choosing not to coach next week I think is a bad move for Dooley though. He cannot say he did not have a chance and he failed. Might as well finish the season out. The players did the best they could with his somewhat silly calls, and he has/will make millions for producing nothing-he owes the players the decency of standing with them on the sidelines.

  5. gotampabay52 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:31 AM

    Good now get a dam good coach

  6. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:32 AM

    I think they bring back John Chavis, currently DC at LSU, who was the defensive coordintor at Tennessee for years under Phil Fulmer

  7. rascalmanny says: Nov 18, 2012 11:35 AM

    The Vols had better get a MEGA winning BIG-TIME coach or they will suffer for the next decade.

    I don’t care if they have to sell half the school to pay for him. Better yet, take half the money from the idiots who got rid of Fulmer to pay for the pay-out of all the coaches the Vols are paying NOT to be there anymore.

    I’m SO glad Vandy won so that this could happen.

  8. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:37 AM

    deadeye says:
    Nov 18, 2012 11:29 AM
    Bobby Petrino, get your bags packed, you’re moving to Knoxville.
    ————–

    No, just no.

    If UT did not learn their lesson of hiring scummy coaches with Lane Kiffin, then I suppose I will go back to school and take a few classes elsewhere just so I can have a different alma mater.

  9. kozbee says: Nov 18, 2012 11:41 AM

    Chizik will be next but cant fire him till after Dec 2nd or they have to pay out an extra 3 million.Maybe they can take a vacation together and go fishin down in the swamps.Gatorbait.

  10. ch8878 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:41 AM

    Welcome to UT John Gruden !

  11. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:43 AM

    v2the4 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 11:32 AM
    I think they bring back John Chavis, currently DC at LSU, who was the defensive coordintor at Tennessee for years under Phil Fulmer
    ———-

    Will not happen. UT wanted to move completely away from the Fulmer era and they did-too late to reverse course now. Plus, I do not think Chavis would be dumb enough to leave the NFL level talent he has at LSU for the mess currently at UT.

  12. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:44 AM

    so we know now there will be at least three new sec coaches at Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, with possibly Auburn to follow…only thing that can save Chizik is a big win over Alabama..but dont count on it…

    Auburn 0-7 in sec
    Tenn 0-7 in sec
    kentucky 0-7 in sec
    arkansas 2-5 in sec

    throw in mizzouri, who is 2-5 as well in sec…

    bottom feeders

  13. southernpatriots says: Nov 18, 2012 11:44 AM

    Family in Knoxville has been telling us for the past month, they expected this kind of announcement within a few more games. It is now a few more games and with Vandy doing the Vols in, it is now.

    Reportedly, calls have begun to the AD’s office on suggestions for Dooley’s replacement. I hope they do not take Chavis back from LSU unless he promises each time Tennessee plays LSU and is leading near the end of the game to play his “prevent-type defense” which would assure LSU of winning.

    Best to UT to find the best coach to replace Dooley. Dooley will get on with Saban on his staff or elsewhere fairly soon, but won’t miss much in money since he has such a large buyout provision for he and his staff.

  14. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:46 AM

    weswelkerspornstash says:
    Nov 18, 2012 11:29 AM
    I thought they would at least wait until church was out.
    ——–

    Why? I am sure the congregation at the church was even more joyful and had something else to thank God for after this news broke.

  15. quitcrying says: Nov 18, 2012 11:51 AM

    @deadeye – no way they hire petrino & anyone who thinks it would be a good hire has the wisdom of a teenage girl

  16. teambringitstrong says: Nov 18, 2012 11:54 AM

    I remember when Kiffin bolted and you ridgerunners were so bitter but so high on Dooley at the same time. How did that work out for you? Answer: Getting your d*cks knocked in the dirt by Vanderbilt. LOL

  17. deadeye says: Nov 18, 2012 12:04 PM

    @deadeye – no way they hire petrino & anyone who thinks it would be a good hire has the wisdom of a teenage girl

    ========================

    @quitcrying

    Hey, I never said I endorse the guy. He has shown spineless and immoral behavior every step of the way. So believe me when I say that I understand why no one wants him.

    Nonetheless, I predict that he will be the choice.

  18. weswelkerspornstash says: Nov 18, 2012 12:15 PM

    Jimbo75025

    Agreed.

  19. dalucks says: Nov 18, 2012 12:16 PM

    Most of the Volunteer fans have the wrong coaches in mind. Why would you fantasize about Jon Gruden or Bobby Petrino when you should be realistic and pursue Jon Chavis or David Cutcliffe, two guys with Tennessee roots. Most Tennessee fans are as dumb as the athletic department they criticize for being idiots.

  20. gorilladunk says: Nov 18, 2012 12:17 PM

    Face it, Dooley was WAY in over his head from the git-go. If I were a Tennessee alum, I might be asking the AD for a letter of resignation about now. I don’t have “family in Knoxville” so I won’t pretend that I have inside information. I also don’t cook for the coaching staff, either.

  21. jonanthans says: Nov 18, 2012 12:21 PM

    Dooley is an arrogant prick who treats the people under and around him like they shouldnt be breathing the same air as he does. When he was here at LaTech he was known as “baby Saban”, not for his coaching skills but for his pompous attitude and how he treated his staff and players. I hope he does end up on Sabans staff because he can only hurt that program.
    Karma is a bitch and its catching up with Dooley.

  22. gatorfan1 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:22 PM

    Oregon would be a good landing spot for Dooley if Kelly goes to the NFL.

    All offense no defense kind of guy! And so the legacy would continue, no NC but fun to watch, with Duck fans justifying it’s more fun to score and look good than win championships.

  23. bunyanj says: Nov 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    I read that the buyout for the entire coaching staff was $9.3M. How much of that does D. D. get?

  24. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:51 PM

    The SEC is a different place since the last time UT was consistently good. Alabama wasn’t good back then and either was LSU. UT has history but with a lack of in state talent and its going to be a hard job.

  25. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:02 PM

    dalucks says:
    Nov 18, 2012 12:16 PM
    Why would you fantasize about Jon Gruden or Bobby Petrino when you should be realistic and pursue Jon Chavis or David Cutcliffe, two guys with Tennessee roots.

    gorilladunk says:
    Nov 18, 2012 12:17 PM
    Face it, Dooley was WAY in over his head from the git-go. If I were a Tennessee alum, I might be asking the AD for a letter of resignation about now.
    ———————–
    Both Chavis amd Cutcliffe are “Fulmer guys”. UT chose to move past the Fulmer era and now it is too late-if they wanted to step back in time, they had their chance when Kiffin bolted.

    The current AD (Dave Hart) did not hire Dooley, his predecessor Mike Hamilton did. If Hamilton was still in charge, he would have kept Dooley the entire offseason, then fired him the day before the season opened in 2013-the man was that incompetant.

  26. Deb says: Nov 18, 2012 1:20 PM

    Hang down your head, Derek Dooley.
    Hang down your head and cry …

    Sorry … couldn’t resist that.

  27. billmead1976 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:23 PM

    I vote for Lane and Monte Kiffin part Deux. Get those turkeys off the west coast.

  28. sbmcintosh36 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:44 PM

    Kirby Smart is the_______ choice ,seriously my neighbors brothers uncles best friend is Harts landscaper he heard from a waitress at Perkins

  29. timh1955 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:46 PM

    He should have been fired solely for wearing those ugly clown looking orange pants.

  30. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 18, 2012 2:08 PM

    “Family in Knoxville has been telling us for the past month, they expected this kind of announcement within a few more games. It is now a few more games and with Vandy doing the Vols in, it is now.”

    More inside information. LMAO

    Fulmer Flunkies need not apply. Nobody has any idea what direction UT will go in, but I’m quite sure somebody on here will tell us after the fact that they knew all about negotiations with the new coach for weeks.

  31. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:19 PM

    Too bad Kiffin didn’t stay at Tn. At least Vol fans would have had the pleasure of seeing him fired.

  32. jpat2424 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:20 PM

    Know fire the D Coordinator

  33. liquidalfa says: Nov 18, 2012 2:43 PM

    One of those schools in need of a coach should make a run at Franklin at Vandy.

  34. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:45 PM

    jpat2424 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 2:20 PM
    Know fire the D Coordinator
    ————

    I am quite sure that will be happening in the near future. Hell, UT has to pay them (Dooleys assistants) anyway-might as well make them show up for “work” everyday until a new coach is formally hired and can have the pleasure of releasing them himself.

  35. jpat2424 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:47 PM

    Bring in Da coach. Iron mike Ditka.

  36. raysfan1 says: Nov 18, 2012 3:08 PM

    I’d be looking at Charlie Strong if I were the AD at any of the SEC schools looking for a new HC.

  37. jimbo75025 says: Nov 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    brutusbuckeye2011 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 2:19 PM
    Too bad Kiffin didn’t stay at Tn. At least Vol fans would have had the pleasure of seeing him fired.
    ————–
    I am glad he left when he did personally. Considering the shenagigins Kiffin was pulling, another two years with him and UT would have gotten the death penalty.

  38. raysfan1 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    To those “down-thumbing” me for mentioning Charlie Strong, why? He has Louisville at 9-1, and has contacts throughout SEC territory thanks to graduating from Florida, and being an assistant at Texas A&M, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Florida–he was an excellent DC at both SC and UF. His name has already come up in connection to the potential opening at Arkansas.

    If you’re a Louisville fan, I can see not liking me mentioning him, of course.

  39. cometkazie says: Nov 18, 2012 8:49 PM

    brewcrewfan54 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 12:51 PM
    The SEC is a different place since the last time UT was consistently good. Alabama wasn’t good back then and either was LSU. UT has history but with a lack of in state talent and its going to be a hard job.
    +-+-+

    I think that is Kentucky’s problem, at least a large part of it. Not much local talent. L’ville has been doing well, but I wonder how they would do in the SEC?
    +-+-+
    liquidalfa says:
    Nov 18, 2012 2:43 PM
    One of those schools in need of a coach should make a run at Franklin at Vandy.
    +-+-+

    Remember Gerry Dinardo? ;)

  40. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:21 PM

    Comet, Kentuckys other major problem is it sounds like they care more about their basketball team being good then their football team. This isn’t lost on recruits. As far as Louisville goes, while they are a decent team with what appears to be a pretty good head coach that conference of their’s makes it tough to tell how good they actually are.

  41. bigbuckeye76 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:38 PM

    Rumors up here that a certain sweater vest liar has been seen down there…

  42. hovenaut says: Nov 19, 2012 12:12 AM

    “Rumors up here that a certain sweater vest list has been seen down there…”

    Tressel wouldn’t pass the background check. Only 1-3 against SEC teams, with the one win vacated (Tatgate against Arkansas).

    He’d be a big splash, but I don’t see the fit.

  43. hovenaut says: Nov 19, 2012 12:14 AM

    sweater vest *liar*…..

  44. cometkazie says: Nov 19, 2012 8:07 AM

    brewcrewfan54 says:
    Nov 18, 2012 11:21 PM
    Comet, Kentuckys other major problem is it sounds like they care more about their basketball team being good then their football team.
    +-+-+

    Bingo!

    I think this year the state doesn’t have any five star recruits and only two four star. The good athletes opt for basketball.

  45. tigersgeaux says: Nov 19, 2012 8:58 AM

    @cometkazie:

    It would also seem the big/successful programs like Ohio State, Penn State, WVU, and others would siphon off some of the best talent. KY would be left with a difficult time of recruiting. How to get the program viable without the best talent, in order to attract the best talent? Won’t be easy on whoever comes.

    Note: I will be in eastern KY in a couple of weeks to get some supplies for the Christmas Outreach I volunteer with each year.

  46. lakesidegator says: Nov 19, 2012 9:31 AM

    We’ll miss you, coarch Dooley.

    –Gator Nation–

  47. bengalsstillsuck says: Nov 19, 2012 10:50 AM

    What about Jim Tressel. Might of spelled his last name wrong.

  48. burgandy2260 says: Nov 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    Petrino’s the best choice out there. He knows the SEC and you have to put a coach in there who has the ability to turn losers into winners. He’s done that in the college ranks. The AD should be sleeping on his lawn in a tent just to show him how serious he is.

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