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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: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Who was Priscilla's dad? Care to amend this before people start jumping on your ass.



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

I guess they really don't get it or don't care.U have to have a real good Coach that can be a motivater.
Has a great record win loss.

Or just get lucky picking anyone that comes along and wishing on a star.

Love Tennessee wished they could be in the big bowls it's a shame.

Good ole rocky top.
Too rocky to be on the top.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Dooley and Hamilton both will be gone in a year UT fans deserve better than this. Dooley didn't win at Louisiana Tech good luck with winning in the SEC. Hamilton should have called Chris Peterson and paid him and his staff as much as they paid Kiffin and his staff. That would haved the smart thing to do. Fire Hamilton and hire Fulmer for AD job.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

If you're going to bag somebody from the WAC, why not from one of the winning teams in the WAC?  Or the Mountain West?  They could really have put a press on Bronco Mendenhall from BYU and brought him on board.  I know inquiries were made, but how hard did UT try?



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Has everybody forgot about the Chizik hire at Auburn....that is turning out pretty well for the cow college...give Dooley a chance.....remember, Chizik was 5-19.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:32 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

The AD just lost his job!  This is a terrible decision.  I'm guessing UT wanted to act quickly to try to salvage the recruiting class, but I would sacrifice one recruiting class for more time, which might be used to find a coach the calibre of which this program deserves.  They need a proven winner or at least an up and comer, not a coach who was 17-20 at a small insignificant school.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

La Tech publishes his phone #! funny.  The hire is fine, he recruited great at LSU!  Build a great staff and win.  He has football ties, he will be just fine at UT.  At least he will not run off in one season.



Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Karma is a B!tch



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Derek Dooley seems to be the choice at Tennessee

Priscilla Presley is Elvis' ex-wife; Lisa Marie is Elvis' daughter.  Know your pop culture history, dude!


playmaker21
Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2010 1:30 pm
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