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.