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Former coach Majors, former Vols react to Dooley dismissal

1:48 AM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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Former Vols players and coaches are reacting to the dismissal of UT Head Football Coach Derek Dooley.

Former UT players Jayson Swain and Chris Treece hosted a call-in show about Dooley Sunday afternoon on Tennessee Sports Radio.

Treece, a defensive back who played for the Vols from 1986 to 1990, said he wasn't surprised by UT Athletic Director Dave Hart's decision to let Dooley go.

"[It's] probably the worst past 3 years in Tennessee history." he said. "I think this job was too big for Derek Dooley."

Swain, who played for Vols from 2003 to 2006 as a wide receiver, said he feels for the players in the program. He encourages fans to come out and support them on their Senior Day against Kentucky.

He too, was not surprised that Dooley was fired. Swain said the decision simply came down to results.

"This [coaching] is a results based profession and when you're getting compensated the way coaches are being compensated now, you have to produce results," he said

But, Hart's decision was hard to hear for some Vols fans. Former UT Head Football Coach Johnny Majors said he was saddened to hear that Dooley had been released by the university.

"He's only been here 3 years," Majors said. "He's a man of character, he's a man that Mary and I both appreciate and I'm sorry to see that he was dismissed of his job today."

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