We passed along the rumors earlier this month that the Tennessee Volunteers officials had decided it was time to move on from head coach Derek Dooley and that they would wait until after the Vanderbilt game to make the announcement. Now, a day after the Vols embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt, the university has made the announcement.
Dooley has been fired as the team’s head coach and will not coach in the Vol’s season finale against Kentucky.
“I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future,” said Dooley in a statement. “Although progress was not reflected in our record, I am proud of the strides we made to strengthen the foundation for future success in all areas of the program.
“During the last 34 months, I’ve given my all for Tennessee, and our family appreciates all this University and the Knoxville community has given us.”
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart held a 2:00 pm press conference to announce the firing of Dooley.
“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,” Hart said. “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.”
Volunteers offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will coach the team for their final game as the interim head coach.