Skip to content

Dallas Cowboys make Derek Dooley hire official

Derek Dooley AP

And now it’s officially official.

Nine days after multiple media outlets reported that Derek Dooley was set to be hired by the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL club confirmed as much Monday evening by announcing Dooley as the newest member of Jason Garrett‘s coaching staff.  As expected, Dooley will handle the Cowboys’ wide receivers.

The NFL club confirmed that Dooley interviewed with Garrett two weeks ago in Mobile, Ala., during the run-up to the Senior Bowl.

Garrett and Dooley served on Nick Saban‘s Miami Dolphins coaching staff from 2005-06.  That was Dooley’s first and only job at the NFL level.

The son of Georgia coaching legend Vince DooleyDooley was fired in mid-November after three seasons as Tennessee’s head coach.  Taking over in the wake of the final years of the Phillip Fulmer era and Lane Kiffin‘s one-year carpetbag misadventure, Dooley finished his three seasons with the Vols at 15-21 overall and an abysmal 4-19 in SEC play.  He had previously been the head coach at Louisiana Tech.

Dooley had been set to serve as a recruiting analyst for ESPNU’s National Signing Day coverage Wednesday, although its unclear if this move would preclude him from taking part in one his favorite days of the year.

Permalink 10 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Rumor Mill, Southeastern Conference, Tennessee Volunteers, Top Posts
10 Responses to “Dallas Cowboys make Derek Dooley hire official”
  1. bralinshan says: Feb 4, 2013 7:35 PM

    Glad to hear that Dooley landed on his feet. He didn’t achieve the success at TN that would have saved his job. But, he inherited a terrible situation…Lane Kiffin crapped all over that school and somebody had to come in and put it together again.

    In hindsight, it would taken one helluva football coach to have succeeded in the situation…and we’ve now seen that Kiffin can recruit…but he can’t coach a lick.

    Kiffin got his “dream” job at USC but will get what he deserves in the end.

    Best of luck to Dooley and his family. I hope that this new position works out great for him and his family.

  2. pdcooper08 says: Feb 4, 2013 10:09 PM

    Congrads to coach on the new job, and ur right, Kiffin can’t recruit and I guess 11-2 the year before this last, that’s not very good either. Quit the whining would you.

    I don’t agree with the way LK left UT nor enjoy some of the stupid things he continues to do. But he recruited well at UT and brought in good talent, and continues to recruit well.

    He and the SC program are in a deep hole and it will be a few more years before they get out of it. Those that can’t stand SC, you keep piling it on now while their are down. It’s all good. We deserve to hear it, but stop all the whining from UT fans, please get over it.

  3. bralinshan says: Feb 4, 2013 11:24 PM

    I’m an Alabama fan who happened to watch the train wreck at UT from a distance.

    Kiffin is headed nowhere. His gig is up…

    The only thing keeping him at USC now is that he can recruit and they need that with the effects of the sanctions hitting.

    Haden is going to replace Kiffin after this next year or the following year…and he wants some players in the house for the next guy.

    Kiffin is an embarrassment. He walks around like a damn peacock with his feathers always out… and hasn’t done JACK…

    FYI, Dooley wasn’t a great coach but he inherited a sack of crap. Roll Tide. And you enjoy your “boy wonder”.

  4. mazblast says: Feb 4, 2013 11:54 PM

    Precisely what are Dooley’s qualifications, other than having the famous coaching last name “Dooley”?

    Yeah, thought so.

  5. juliath83 says: Feb 5, 2013 12:46 AM

    Wonder if he’ll still wear the orange pants?

  6. bralinshan says: Feb 5, 2013 8:33 AM

    I wouldn’t defend Dooley as a coach. But, he may be a good coach, he may be terrible coach.

    The situation that he inherited was bad. Lane will get what he deserves in the end. He can’t coach…he can recruit, but he can’t coach.

    Pat Haden knows this of course. But he also knows it isn’t fair to a new coach to have to deal with the effects of sanctions.

    So, he lets Kiffin keep stocking the cupboard with talent and he waits for the inevitable demise of the team on the field. The new coach will get a team that has talent.

    This is what is happening. Choose to believe or not…Kiffin is a poor coach. He’d make a great recruiting coordinator.

  7. thegamecocker says: Feb 5, 2013 8:43 AM

    Great to learn Coach Dooley has been hired by the Cowboys. He is a fine man and solid leader. Congratulations Coach and best of luck in this position.

  8. kozbee says: Feb 5, 2013 11:54 AM

    Congrats Coach Dooley on a job you dont have to clean up after (Lane) and do hope you the best in Dallas.Cowboys my favorite Pro team i sure hope you the best and a Superbowl soon.

  9. pdcooper08 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:50 PM

    I’m not in disagreeance here about LK. It is what it is. He’s got one year left. He either wins, and I mean at least 10 games or he gets launched. My guess is, he’s out of here come December if not earlier. Im just not the kinda a person to sit and bitch about things. SC is my team, and he right now he is the coach whether I like it or not. So I chose to look at things optimisticly rather then bitch and whine about how bad this year was. We all know SC has enough of those type of fans. I’m just not one of them. So until PH makes a change, ill back the guy.

  10. mogogo1 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:40 PM

    Dooley seems like a nice guy who was a victim of his own last name. It seems to cause people to offer him jobs he’s totally unprepared for. He certainly wasn’t ready to run a major program on his own but maybe with some actual experience, he will be some day.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!