“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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