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Rumor: Tennessee fires Derek Dooley

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09:57 AM ET 11.12 | There are some rumors swirling late last night and early this morning that the Tennessee Volunteers have fired head coach Derek Dooley and that they plan on announcing the move after the game against Vanderbilt or Kentucky. The rumors began making the rounds on VolQuest. It is now widely believed that it is not a matter of "if" but "when" the announcement will be made that Dooley is no longer the team's head coach. The Volunteers are 4-6 on the season and are winless in their six SEC contests. At the end of the season, the Volunteers' head coaching job will be one of many head coaching vacancies in the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky are all but certain and it's possible that Gene Chizik could be on his way out at Auburn.

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November 12, 2012  10:30 PM ET

Guess now he has to figure out what to do with those orange pants...

November 12, 2012  10:31 PM ET

My how time flys, seems like just yesterday.

November 12, 2012  10:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Guess now he has to figure out what to do with those orange pants...

Donate em to the homeless shelter,, there'll be some hobo in downtown Knoxville with the hottest pants under the bridge.

November 12, 2012  10:49 PM ET

...and he'll be replaced by???

Gruden? Petrino? Not many suitable candidates out there. The UT faithful need to get past the fact that their Vols will not compete for the NC every year. I'd have given Dooley at least another year, probably two.

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November 13, 2012  07:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Guess now he has to figure out what to do with those orange pants...

Thrift store.

November 13, 2012  07:43 AM ET

Maybe now the Vols can move on and quit blaming LK for their failures!!!!

November 13, 2012  08:14 AM ET

I wonder what would the the coach at Wake Forest Jim Grobe do at a larger program?

November 13, 2012  08:21 AM ET

After this coming Saturday, the rumor will be over.............done......sign at cheap hotel in Rocky Top..."VACANCY".............

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November 13, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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Not sure...but he wont be playing that WF schedule at UTk

...and he wouldn't have to play it with Wake talent either.

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November 13, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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Maybe now the Vols can move on and quit blaming LK for their failures!!!!

and then you can start blaming him for USC's failures. :-)

November 13, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Here's the list out of Knoxville, at least what I've heard, since I have so many insiders talking to me:

1. Gruden is choice 1-10 but he isn't coming. Plain and simple, I don't know who ever thought this was really happening. Probably wants 10 mil a year.
2. Al Golden
3. Charlie Strong
4. Gary Patterson
5. Jimbo Fisher
6. Dan Mullen

 
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