Derek Dooley Has Been Fired By Tennessee, Will Not Coach Against Kentucky

Jimmy Hyams is reporting that Tennessee had coach Derek Dooley has been fired, effective today. He will not coach the season’s final game against Kentucky next Saturday. Tennessee has confirmed.

“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,” said Hart. “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.”

Dooley coached the Vols to a 12-21 record against FBS opponents in three seasons, 4-19 in SEC play. They lost 41-18 to Vanderbilt yesterday.

The press conference will be held at 2pm. Let the Gruden rumors begin in earnest.

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Previously: Derek Dooley’s Tennessee Buyout is Doable, Now Who Replaces Him?

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