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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 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. 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, 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.



Since: Apr 2, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 4:09 pm

Worst Hire in the History of NCAA Football

Wow! The Vols have sunk to an all time low. Dooley was 4-8 at LA Tech High School.  This is the best an "elite" school can do? This hire is worse than hiring Kiffin which was a disaster for UT.

At least Dooley has a law degree. He can get the UT players out of jail.

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 4:06 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Typical vols knowledge of football or history......ummmm Priscilla did not have a famous daddy just famous hubby.  But hey u have fun with your new nobody coach. I was hoping the coach of my team would leave for your dead end job in knoxville. Maybe next year when dooley leaves...hhahaha

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:58 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Absolutly.  Nobody in the college ranks at an up and coming school or current big time school is leaving with only 3 WEEKS LEFT BEFORE NSD.  We got hosed all around by the Trio of Traitors.  Derek Dooley recruited Saban's LSU title team so IF he manages to hold on to Jacques Smith, M. Ambles, Corey Miller and Palardy, we will be alright. 

I'm not mad at the hiring.  It's not the big splash we were looking for but it might be a blessing in disguise. 

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:53 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

there choice!!!!!!!!! lol..hell everyone else rejected the offer last man standing got the job!!

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:29 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Great Hire...Tommy Tuberville,oops already gone. Great hire...Will Mus, oops Naaa. Great Hire...Troy Calhoun from Air Force, oops Naaa. Great hire...Phil Fulmer, oops (???). Great Hire...David Cutcliffe, oops not my staff. Great Hire...Skip Holtz, oops already gone. Great Hire...Kyle Whittingham, oops I have a better job. GREAT HIRE AGAIN...MAYBE FINALLY...Derek Dooley, Does this mean the song will change to "won't you come home Bill Doley", instead of "Rocky Top"...Have a great day! 

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:18 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

For years I have defended the Vols on various message boards here and elsewhere. However, if it is true that we have hired Dooley there is nothing I can say to defend my Vols here. There be nothing but doom and gloom ahead if we throw a man who can't even attain mediocrity in the WAC into the grinder that is the SEC. Anyone, and I mean anyone, who could possibly think this is even a remotely positive thing is either in a state of denial or a personal friend of Dooley and there can be no exceptions.

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:12 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Next time you think about commenting about Tennessee football-DONT! Your head coach is Joker Phillips-the joke is on you. Has he ever been a head coach? He has learned one thing-how to lose to Tennessee in football

Look, I understand you and most UT fans going on the defensive with all this... You get turned down by basically everyone and their grandmother and you're pissed. I get it man, I really do. Having said that to turn around and point at the "score board" when it comes to beating UK as something to stick your chest out about lets me know just how far your so called top 10 program has fallen.

Let me also remind you that Joker Phillips was a big time player for UK and was on the team that last beat UT in 1984. I'm not sure what he'll do for UK but regardless of our won/loss against UT we can say that we've won 3 out of the last 4 bowl games and I KNOW you guys can't say that. Get back to winning bowl games then come talk to me.

Since: Jan 15, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:06 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

Give the guy a chance.  He has a better winning percentage than Kiffen when he was hired and everyone was PO'd when he left.  This guy has the pedigree, a law degree (NCAA rules are important and he might understand them) and a kid named Peyton. 

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 3:05 pm

Derek Dooley expected to be named Tennessee coach

I read Dooley's bio and he seems well qualified to me.....he has a son named Peyton!

Also, I wonder if he is bringing his dad as defensive coordinator?

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:56 pm

White skin privilege?

Wow- from WSP Kiffin to WSP Dooley. And some of you trailer-trash wonder why things like the Rooney Rule exist in the NFL?

By the way, for those of you who try to claim nepotism isn't racist, consider that Vince Dooley started coaching at Georgia before a Black had ever played there. Dooley is a good guy. But his son's advantage by birth arose from a time when it was correlated with his skin color.

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