Derek Dooley has been fired by the University of Tennessee less than 24 hours after a demoralizing 4-overtime home loss to Missouri, according to two reports. Vol Quest, a Rivals site, says Dooley is gone, which is the same thing Wes Rucker reported late Saturday night.
Not a question of “if,” but “when” on Dooley. Don’t think they’ll announce anything until after a Vandy loss or after UK game, win or lose.
— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 11, 2012
This should be no surprise. Dooley will be expensive to fire and replace, but the Vols have been an embarrassment this season. The defeat dropped Tennessee to 4-6, 0-6 in the SEC. Dooley is 15-20 at Tennessee, but that masks the real stench: He’s a staggering 4-18 in SEC play since arriving in 2010.
Dooley was a curious hire to begin with, and you can’t expect the Vols to mess around with this hire and take a chance on someone who went 17-20 at Louisiana Tech (4-8 the year before he got hired).
Please feel free to tune out all the Jon Gruden noise for the next eight weeks.