Son of legendary SEC coach will lead Vols

Friday, January 15, 2010 at 1:23pm

And on the fourth try, Tennessee finally found its football coach — one with a last name very familiar to Southeastern Conference fans.

Louisiana Tech’s Derek Dooley, son of legendary University of Georgia coach Vince Dooley, is set to take the reins of the Volunteers, he told fans at a news conference in Knoxville Friday night.

Dooley was offered the job late Friday afternoon, resigned as coach and athletic director of Louisiana Tech, and flew into Knoxville for the late news conference.

“The times of worrying about what happened is over,” Dooley said.

The Vols coaching situation was thrown into chaos by Lane Kiffin’s sudden departure on Tuesday night for the coaching vacancy at Southern California.

Since then, according to various media reports, the Volunteers have apparently been told thanks, but no thanks by University of Texas assistant coach Will Muschamp, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun and even former UT offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe, who is currently the head coach at Duke.

Dooley’s record in three seasons at Louisiana Tech, which is in the Western Athletic Conference, is just 17-20 with his only winning season being an 8-5 year with an Independence Bowl victory in 2008.

Dooley had served as Louisiana Tech's athletics director since 2008.

8 Comments on this post:

By: wolfy on 1/15/10 at 1:25

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By: slacker on 1/15/10 at 1:54

Good hire. He's also lawyer, that will come in handy.

By: TITAN1 on 1/15/10 at 2:13

What was Fulmer's record at UT? WOW!

By: TITAN1 on 1/15/10 at 2:14

Oh, and the fact that Fulmer loves UT.

By: Jughead on 1/15/10 at 2:27

I'm glad Hamilton took his time. It shows.

By: richgoose on 1/15/10 at 2:32

I have no idea who will be the Tennessee coach. I like what Phil Fulmer said. "This is a painful and embarrassing moment in the history of the University of Tennessee."

I do not think that this moment in time will leave the minds of the Tennessee faithful or their detractors for a long,long time.

A lamb of sacrifice should be made. The perfect choice of course would be the Athletic Director, Mike Hamilton.

By: Houndsmen on 1/15/10 at 3:35

stuff like this makes me like Vandy more and more. The biggest mistake in UT history was losing Fulmer.

By: Dore4Life on 1/16/10 at 3:53

I agree Houndsmen, but I think Derek Dooley will wind up being a quality hire IF the UTK community finally humbles themselves and realizes that they can't want to be like the University of Alabama and throw everything out the window for a national title in football. Let Derek Dooley coach this team for some years, support the team win or lose and I think UTK fans will be pleasantly surprised with the results. Good luck to Coach Dooley, the next generation! LOL