Derek Dooley Out at Tennessee, Reports Say

Joe Robbins

There's no confirmation from the university yet, but the writing has been on the wall for a while

This isn't going to come as a shock to anyone who's been following the situation, but Derek Dooley is all but fired as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, according to multiple reports out of Knoxville tonight. The Chattanooga Times Free Press was among those saying tonight that it's only a matter of time.

Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Sunday that Dooley will not return for his fourth season, though a timetable for an official announcement remains unclear. Two websites -- Volquest.com and Govols247 -- reported similar claims earlier Sunday.

There is, of course, nothing coming from the university saying whether this is true. The Knoxville News Sentinel quotes a Tennessee official saying "There's nothing to report" right now, which is not to say that a decision hasn't been made. It only says that the university is not ready to report that decision, which we could kind of figure out based on the fact that the university has not reported the decision.

The News Sentinel report indicates that Dooley has a new conference scheduled for noon Monday. At which point we will either have confirmation of this or a lot of attempts to get the report confirmed or denied by Dooley.

In reality, though, we know where this road is headed. Derek Dooley has not won enough games to continue as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, and there's really nothing he can do at this point to win himself another year. Whether the university announces it anytime soon is relatively immaterial; Dooley is all but gone.

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