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Report: Derek Dooley to land with Dallas Cowboys

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Thought to be headed for a broadcasting gig of some kind, Derek Dooley will instead (reportedly) be back on the sidelines in 2013.

According to’s Adam Schefter, Dooley is set to be hired by the Dallas Cowboys as the NFL club’s wide receivers coach.  Neither the Cowboys nor Dooley’s outstanding Twitter feed have confirmed the move.

As reminded by the imitable Wes Rucker via Twitter, Dooley joining Jason Garrett‘s staff in Dallas should not come as much of a surprise given the relationship between the two coaches.

“He’s a huge Cowboys fan, and he gets to work for one of his best friends,” Rucker wrote.

The son of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley, Dooley was fired in mid-November after three seasons as Tennessee’s head coach.  Given a short straw after the final years of the Phillip Fulmer era and Lane Kiffin‘s one-year carpetbag misadventure, Dooley finished his three years with the Vols at 15-21 overall and an abysmal 4-19 in SEC play.

Dooley had also served as Louisiana Tech’s head coach in the three years prior to his arrival in Knoxville.  In his six seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, Dooley has posted a combined 32-41 mark.

If the move comes to fruition, it won’t be the first NFL rodeo for Dooley as he served as tight ends coach — under Nick Saban — with the Miami Dolphins in 2005-06.  Garrett was the quarterbacks coach on that staff.

Just two days ago, it was announced that Dooley would be a part of ESPNU‘s expanded National Signing Day coverage.  Dooley, along former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, will serve as a special guest analyst.

The fact that Dooley is on the outside looking in on that day doesn’t seem to hurt the coach’s feelings one bit.

A player’s last chance to play the coaches…Not losing sleep that I will be in studio on this day,” the coach wrote on Twitter late this past week.

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9 Responses to “Report: Derek Dooley to land with Dallas Cowboys”
  1. dalucks says: Jan 26, 2013 9:20 PM

    I guess he can provide the Cowboys with some additional information on QB Tyler Bray, WR Justin Hunter, WR Cordalle Patterson, WR Darick Rogers, and OL Dallas Thomas.
    Derek Dooley had alot of talent on the offensive side of the ball, unfortunately he could not put together a good defense even though they had some decent talent on the defense.

  2. cometkazie says: Jan 26, 2013 9:22 PM

    Derek was also a positions coach and recruiter at LSU for Nick.

    Good luck, Derek. At least you won’t have to wear those tacky trousers.

  3. vols84 says: Jan 27, 2013 12:58 AM

    I thought I saw the trousers comment in the NFL section on Dooley. Guess poster thought a post that nice, better post it twice. Congrats.

  4. normtide says: Jan 27, 2013 1:36 AM

    I think his fatal mistake was attempting an entire scheme shift on defense, in clearly a must win year. Best of luck coach.

  5. caryw30 says: Jan 27, 2013 2:02 AM

    The Cowboys better focus on defense and OL. But as for Dooley, he did recruit a number of good wr to UT. Good luck Derek

  6. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 27, 2013 8:33 AM

    Jerry Jones needs to take this act to Vegas and cash in quick!

  7. thegamecocker says: Jan 27, 2013 10:20 AM

    Coach Derek Dooley is a person of integrity and class. Those of us at South Carolina will always remember the honor shown to Marcus Lattimore when he was injured in the game vs. UT. That showed me a lot about the character of their leader and the role he played in making men out of these young boys.

    Best of luck Coach Dooley.

  8. jimbo75025 says: Jan 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    I would not say giving someone three years is a “short straw”. Speaking as a UT fan, people wanted to see Dooley succeed. He simply failed to get it done, most of the losses were understandable, but not even being competitive in a lot of games was not.

  9. delashmit says: Jan 27, 2013 11:59 AM

    Of all the STUPID moves Jerry Jones has made since kicking Jimmy Johnson out of the door, this is near or at the top. Jerry is truly getting senile now. At least this will probably reduce the amount of money Tennessee has to pay Dooley. Vol For Life, MSEE 1968.

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