Tennessee coach fired: Derek Dooley fired as Tennessee football team coach over consecutive losses (Video)

By on Nov 19, 2012 in Football, Sports, United States Comments

The University of Tennessee announced on Sunday, November 18, 2012 that today that Derek Dooley was fired as head coach of the Tennessee college football team, the Tennessee Volunteers (Vols). The announcement was by Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart, who addressed the issue, as shown in the video below.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley

Tennessee Volunteers coach Derek Dooley
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According to a press released at the official sports website of the University of Tennessee, Derek Dooley will not coach the Vols in the season finale against Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, November 24, 2012, to be held at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. He will be temporarily replaced by Jim Chaney.

“I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future. 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.” Derek Dooley was quoted at UTSports.com.

“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.” Dooley, 44, added, who was hired as the Tennessee Vols coach back in 2010. He is the son of former University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

“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.” Dave Hart was quoted in the press conference that day at the Stokely Family Media Center at Neyland Stadium, with the Vols now having a record of 4-7 this season.

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.” Hart added.

Apparently, the Tennessee football team under Derek Dooley had consecutive losses in the last thee Southeastern Conference (SEC) seasons, and had lost 14 of its last 15 league games. Last Saturday, Tennessee Volunteers lost over Vanderbilt Commodores, 41-18.

University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart, addressing the
future of Tennessee football team

Video Credit: UTSportsTV/YouTube

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