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Derek Dooley fired as UT coach; he will not coach the UK game

11:29 AM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley leaves the field after losing to the Missouri Tigers 51-48 in quadruple overtime at Neyland Stadium. Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
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After an embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night, Derek Dooley is no longer the head football coach at Tennessee.

WBIR contributor and Volquest.com editor Brent Hubbs is reporting that the announcement will come at 2:00 Sunday afternoon. 

Volquest.com says UT Athletic Director Dave Hart will have a press conference at that time to announce Dooley's firing. He will not coach the Kentucky game. 

WBIR will bring you that press conference live on television and on wbir.com.

During his time at Tennessee, Dooley's record is currently 15-21 during his tenure on the hill, and 4-19 in SEC play. Dooley has also never beaten a ranked team as UT's head coach. 

Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt sealed a third straight losing season for Tennessee.

Here is a statement from Derek Dooley and more on the news conference from the University of Tennessee:

The University of Tennessee announced today that Derek Dooley will not return as the head football coach of the Vols. The announcement was made by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart, who will immediately begin a search for a new head coach for the Vols.

Hart will address the media at 2 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 18) at the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium. The press conference will also be streamed live on UTSports.com.

"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."

Dooley will not coach the Vols in the season finale against Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 12:21 p.m. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim head coach for Saturday's game.

"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."

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