Tennessee announced on Sunday morning that it was dismissing head football coach, Derek Dooley. This decision comes on the heels of an embarrassing 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday night – a program that the Vols owned at one point in time.
On the bright side, though, despite his 0-15 showing against top 25 teams and Tennessee not being able to notch a single victory over an SEC opponents this year, Dooley has a $5 million buyout in his contract.
Silver lining, right?
"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," athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement (via ESPN).
"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 should have been fired a long time ago. The writing has been on the walls for a while now, and it’s actually a bit shocking that Tennessee waited this long to pull the trigger on this inevitable move. You certainly can’t blame the powers that be for making the hire, but the unavoidable firing should have come at least one week earlier than it ultimately did.