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Campus buzzing about Dooley departure

8:24 PM, Nov 18, 2012   |    comments
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With Derek Dooley out as the University of Tennessee head football coach, campus is buzzing about what's next for the football program.

Students at local sports bars switched from their NFL games to watch Athletic Director Dave Hart's press conference live.

Their eyes were glued to the TV, but they say the announcement wasn't a surprise.

"It's final. Finally," said UT junior, Samantha Dodge.

"It was a relief," said UT senior, Joe McCallum.

Students said they spent their college careers hoping Dooley would succeed, but after three losing seasons they stopped rooting for him.

"He lost the players and you could see he lost the players," said Jamie Reed. "They didn't want to cheer for him any longer, so everyone else didn't want to cheer for him anymore."

Students hope the next coach will be able to take the Vols back to the era of success the team has had in the past.

"I want to see a home run coach, a big name, who's not a coordinator," said Reed.

Even though Dooley hasn't given these students the college football seasons they would like, they say they wish him the best.

"I still respect the guy and think he deserves another shot somewhere," said McCallum.

"He has great intentions and potential as a coach but the fit just isn't there with this team," said Dodge.

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