Derek Dooley has been fired
Tennessee lost 41-18 to Vanderbilt last night. This morning Derek Dooley has been let go.
It's not that simple, but it's not much more complicated.
Dooley leaves the program with a 15-21 overall record, 4-19 in the SEC. For the second straight season they will not play in a bowl game...something that hasn't happened to this program in over 30 years.
There will be a press conference this afternoon at which AD Dave Hart will explain his thinking and his thoughts on the path forward for the program. Multiple reports out of Knoxville say that Dooley will not coach against Kentucky (his decision per reports) and that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will.
We'll keep you updated.
Official announcement from Tennessee:
"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. We will immediately begin the search for the best possible candidate to assume this leadership role."
And from Dooley:
"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.
"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."