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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.

 

Comments

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Who is Priscilla's daddy?  I know that she was married to Elvis...  Did she call HIM daddy?



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Good Question? Plenty of good ones out there. I for one would have loved to see Kippy get it and bring Trooper back into the fold to coach the OC



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:07 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

No offense to Dooley, but this is a desperation hire by the Tenn AD.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:06 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Very funny


playmaker21
Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:05 pm
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Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Well if this is try and lets face it most of this has been speculation, maybe he knows some heavy hitters @ OC and DC who will help cement this team....Lets face it we didn't hire Kiffin for Kiffin and either did USC...Just be patient and wait. Cept for his stint @ LaTech his resume isn't bad, a lil NFL exp...Nat'l Champ @ LSU...etc



Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

EEEEEEEEEEEY

The soon to be newly adpoted theme song, heard throughout the Tennessee hills!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFwgzOxs0yM


Dooley"
This is something the Darling's played on the "Andy Griffith Show"
It's an old Bluegrass tune

[G] Dooley was a good old man, he lived below the [D] mill.
[C] Dooley had two daughters and a 40 gallon [G] still.
[G] One gal wathched the boiler, the other watched the [D] spout,
[C] and mama corked the bottles when old Dooley fetched them [G] out.

[Chorus]
[G] Dooley, slippin' up the holler, [C] Dooley, tryin' to make a dollar,
[G] Dooley, gimmee a swaller and I'll [D] pay you back some[G]day.

The revenuers came for him, a-slippin' thru the woods,
Dooley kept behind them all and never lost his goods.
Dooley was a trader when into town he come,
Sugar by the bushel and molasses by the ton.

[Chorus]

I remember very well the day old Dooley died,
the women folk looked sorry and the men stood 'round and cried.
Now Dooley's on the mountain, he lies there all alone,
they put a jug beside him and a barrel for a stone.

[Chorus]


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

NOTHING SUCKS LIKE THE BIG ORANGE!!!!!





Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:58 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Shades of the Steve Pederson/Bill Callahan era at Nebraska...



Since: Jan 15, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

TN won the national championship in '98, not '99.




Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Disgusted.....


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