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Dooley earns Majors' respect

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08:26 AM ET 04.16 | Johnny Majors understood Lane Kiffin's decision to depart, and, just the same, is looking forward to a new era. The last century is the last time UT competed for a national championship. The Vols have had two losing seasons since 2005 and have now turned to former Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley to rebuild a once-elite program. Majors knows what Dooley is facing. "This was a tough rebuilding job," Majors said, referring to when he accepted the head coaching job at UT after the Vols had only won 20 games in the previous three seasons. "This job is similar today to when I took it. It was tough turning it around, really tough." It took time for Majors to turn it around. The Vols went 21-23-1 in his first four seasons before going 8-4 in 1981. Majors didn't make any predictions, but he seems confident in Dooley.

Knoxville News Sentinel Co.

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