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Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:10 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2010 3:15 pm
 

Indications are that Derek Dooley will be named the next coach at Tennessee.

A person intimately involved in the search told CBSSports.com Dooley was "a great hire," Friday afternoon although no formal announcement had been made. At least three other outlets had reported that Dooley was expected to be Tennessee's choice. Knoxville radio station WNML first reported that Dooley was the choice at about noon ET.

Govolsextra.com reported that Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton would interview current assistant Kippy Brown at 1 p.m. ET.

Dooley apparently did not tell his Louisiana Tech staff of his departure but reportedly cancelled player meetings to travel from Ruston, La. to Knoxville. The son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley has a 17-20 in three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech.

As recently as Thursday night, Tennessee officials met with Utah coach Kyle Whittingham in Salt Lake City according to the Salt Lake City Tribune. Whittingham turned down a job offer according to the newspaper. Earlier this week, CBSSports.com reported that Tennessee had offered Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp $3 million per season. Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Friday he was staying at the school.

Dooley is a former walk-on receiver at Virginia who earned a scholarship in his second season. He went to earn his law degree from Georgia in 1994. He practiced law for two years in Atlanta before getting into coaching.

His coaching career started with Georgia in 1996 as a grad assistant under Jim Donnan. From there he went to SMU to three years before joining LSU in 2000. That’s where his career took off. Dooley coached tight ends, running backs, special teams and was the recruiting coordinator under Nicks Saban from 2000-2004

Dooley then followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins. In 2007, he was hired by Louisiana Tech. Dooley seemingly comes highly recommended by Nick Saban and Muschamp. All three were on the staff together at LSU.

Muschamp reportedly recommended Dooley to Tennessee after he was pursued by Vols AD Mike Hamilton. Dooley had recommended by Muschamp and Kirby Smart to Saban at LSU. Smart is now the Alabama defensive coordinator under Saban.

As LSU’s recruiting coordinator, Dooley helped LSU land the No. 1-ranked recruiting classes in 2001 and 2003. 

Dooley is expected to inherit the majority of Lane Kiffin's former staff. It was Cutcliffe's unwillingness to do so that kept the Duke coach and former Tennessee assistant from progressing further in talks with Hamilton.

The leftover members of Kiffin's are still recruiting, according to one of those coaches. Coach or no coach, Tennessee is expected to have a group of recruits in this weekend for official visits.

 

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Since: Dec 12, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2010 11:30 am
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

I dont think you can always look at a guys previous record as an indicator of how good of a coach he is.  There are too many factors.  I think Dooley deserves a chance by Vol fans and he might be a diamond.  I for one am tired of these "big name" coaches.  They have become mercenaries.  I think Tenn made a good hire and I hope it works out.  Lets see Saban go 12-0 at Louisiana Tech.  Sometimes the best coaching isdone with minimal talent and fighting to go .500
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Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2010 4:10 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Look man...for your sake I'm giving you the chance to back out of this or you better stop dropping trou right now. The only thing you are correct about is that his La Tech record will not equal his UT record. You're right...it will be twice as bad at least GUARANTEED!

Listen, thanks for the vote of confidence. It was damn noble of you and I do appreciate it. However, those of us with any understanding whatsoever know the road here ends at 7 - 17 in two years if we're lucky.



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2010 8:50 am
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Good for Tennessee! I think it is about time the SEC starts hiring southern coaches again. What a good fit. I would'nt mind a pick like that to replace Les.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Guys!  For all the Dooley haters, give the man a chance.  Maybe I'm the only one who thinks this is a great hire for Tennessee, but as I'm often wrong at the game of life, I maybe here too, but I don't think so. 

First of all, his record at La. Tech does not equal what his record will be at Tenn.  Have you ever been to Ruston, La?  Seriously, if you took that town, and put it in the middle of Honduras, there wouldn't be much contrast at all.  It's a poor town, and their athletic facilities are not the same as Tennessee's.  Try persuading a recruit to come play for you in Ruston, La. in the WAC conference over playing in Knoxville in the SEC.  I remember Pete Caroll needing a police escort when he was announced as the head coach for USC.  He was not the first or most popular choice at all.  It looks like he turned out alright.  Also, people criticized Auburn for hiring Gene Chizik, because he didn't do squat at Iowa State.  Well, Iowa State is finally improving, but you can thank Chizik and his recruits for much of that.  It also looks like Auburn is on the upswing too, which I think is great.

I am not comparing Dooley to Jesus, so naysayers can relax, but with what he's doing with what he has is enough for me to say give him a fair chance.  It's true Boise and ECU are in the same and a similar conference, but both schools are fully behind their football programs, and have alum pumping serious money into recruiting budgets, as well as keeping their facilities updated.  I can also tell you in being from Louisiana, and having been to Boise, Idaho, there's not a great deal of time needed in deciding where I'd rather live if having to choose between Ruston and Boise.

I really want Tennessee to do well, and think they will with Derek.  He's worked under the best in the buisiness, and has also been given high accolades from great coaches.  Also, in watching him nearly beat college football's current media darling, Boise State, I'd say the man has a great future ahead of him.  Call me dumb (it's okay, many people do), I thought if Muschamp was not available, Derek Dooley would be my next contact.

I want to be right on this one, and think I will, but if for some reason Dooley turns out to be a bust, I'll sing Rocky Top, naked, while peeing over Lane Kiffin, as he makes his welcoming speech at his new job as chief of NASA, because with his lack of experience, but enthusiasm and passion for space, he thought USC was only 2nd best to playing a Space Man and trying to persuade Martians to come hang out with us earthlings.



Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

I live in Knoxville and this is a smack in the face. If Dooley is the best we can do then I wont watch one Vols snap next year. Everyone that wants to know how to bankrupt a program pay attention. F  K kiffin.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Wow.

There ain't nothing else to say but........wow.

I hate to jump to conclusions on anything, but this guy had a LOSING RECORD AT TECH!!! Why are we hiring a coach with a losing record, and a 12-12 record..........IN THE WAC CONF!!!

I just thought, Mike Hamilton knows he's gonna get fired so he's screwing UT. What a SOB!!!

NOOOOOO!!!!!



And what was Kiffins record? You can include last years record if you would like. 
I'll wait and see. Coach CUT wasn't the answer and I didn't want that to happen even though I'm a big fan of his. With Dooley I'll judge him on if he can keep the recruits that are still on the board. Lets see how well he can recruit. If they start dropping off again, then he wasn't the answer and they should have waited for the right answer IMO.

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

His son named Peyton is the most positive thing I've heard about him. Well, it will be nice to not have to worry about NCAA football for a while.



Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2010 5:00 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Seriously, I think the guy that made the Elvis Presley comment gets it now.  There have been like 15 other people correct him since then . . . can you talk about anything else?



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 4:53 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

All you folks talking about Dooley's 4-8 record should consider that he is also the athletic director and schedules games to make money for the school.  Of the 8 losses, 7 were to bowl teams Auburn, LSU, Boise State, Navy, Nevado, Idaho, and Fresno State.  In 2008 he took them to their first bowl game in 30 yrs.

Kiffin's leaving set UT back 3 yrs but it would not surprise me that in 5 yrs looking back this hire may work out.  And after all, he does have a son named Peyton.




Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 4:34 pm
 

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

You have to keep in mind, there's probably not a whole lot of head coach candidates who would agree to keeping our current assistant coaches. HCs usually want to hire their own staff. With that said, bringing in a higher profile coach doesn't guarantee success. Assistant coaches play a big role in the success of the program just as much as the head coach.  I think we have some good assistants (Kippy, Lance, Chaney etc..) that can really help whoever UT brings in. You also have to keep in mind the buy-outs and contracts of the current staff before you wipe the slate clean. When you have to pay all the contracts you just broke, how much do you have left over for a high-profile coach. I have faith that Hamilton know what he's doing. Does coach Pearl ring a bell?


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