Derek Dooley has been fired. Will not coach kentucky game. Press conference today at 2 pm with AD Dave Hart. Dooley will not attend
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) November 18, 2012
Tennessee Volunteers head football coach Derek Dooley has been relieved of his duties, and a press conference Sunday afternoon at the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium by Tennessee Director of Athletics Dave Hart will make it official.
From a press release by Hart:
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. 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.
Dooley is 15-21 in his three seasons at the helm in Knoxville, and 1-14 in his last 15 SEC games. The Volunteers lost Saturday to Vanderbilt by an embarrassing score of 41-18. It was the first loss to the Commodores in Nashville since 1982.
Dooley will not coach the Volunteers next Saturday against Kentucky. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will instead serve as interim coach for the final game.
The administration thus pulls the plug and attempts to move forward with a hire while good candidates are available. Arkansas, Auburn and Kentucky will all likely be searching for new head coaches in addition to Tennessee, and it will be important to get a jump on things.