Tennessee Fires Head Coach Derek Dooley

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(Knoxville, TN) Derek Dooley will not return as the head coach of the Vols.

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, Dave Hart made the announcement Sunday morning saying the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.

“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,” said Hart. “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.

Dooley had a 15-21 record that included an 0-15 mark against Top 25 teams. He was 4-19 in Southeastern Conference during his three-year tenure and lost 14 of his last 15 league games.

“I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future,” said Dooley. “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.

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