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08:02 AM ET 11.19 | We passed along the rumors earlier this month that the Tennessee Volunteers officials had decided it was time to move on from head coach Derek Dooley and that they would wait until after the Vanderbilt game to make the announcement. Now, a day after the Vols' embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt, the university has made the announcement. Dooley has been fired as the team's head coach and will not coach in the Vol's season finale against Kentucky. "I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future," said Dooley in a statement. "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. 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."

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November 19, 2012  12:39 PM ET

Wonder if Franklin-the HC from Vandy is on the short list. He should be getting a number of offers this year.

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November 19, 2012  12:59 PM ET

and you're the first to tell us for about the 5th time now....

November 19, 2012  01:00 PM ET
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I see in my crystal bull Petrino to the Vols. OK, ten bucks please.

Crystal Bull? Is that some form of voodoo trinket or Icon you rub for wishes?

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November 19, 2012  01:13 PM ET

Here are the facts regarding the situation of the new hire to date:

1. Dooley was fired after Ms State but it wasnt to be made official until the new hire was complete.
2. There is a gentlemans agreement in place, the hire is done.
3. Hart will be fired if its not a rockstar as the top booster has legal ability to fire the University President who can fire the AD.
4. It is a done deal b/c Hart publicly said: It wont be a coordinator, Money wont be an issue, It will be someone with head coaching experience and a proven winning record.... If it werent a done deal he wouldnt have put himself in that corner.

November 19, 2012  01:14 PM ET
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Crystal Bull? Is that some form of voodoo trinket or Icon you rub for wishes?

That's where you get down on your hands and knees, stare intently into a cow patty fresh from Bevo, and sniff the fumes real deep. Then you get a vision in your head that is supposed to answer any CFB question that you are seeking answered.

November 19, 2012  01:15 PM ET
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Here are the facts regarding the situation of the new hire to date:1. Dooley was fired after Ms State but it wasnt to be made official until the new hire was complete.2. There is a gentlemans agreement in place, the hire is done.3. Hart will be fired if its not a rockstar as the top booster has legal ability to fire the University President who can fire the AD.4. It is a done deal b/c Hart publicly said: It wont be a coordinator, Money wont be an issue, It will be someone with head coaching experience and a proven winning record.... If it werent a done deal he wouldnt have put himself in that corner.

Oh yea, he also said there will be no baggage which eliminates near every candidate who also fits the criteria above.... So who does that leave?

November 19, 2012  01:15 PM ET
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Here are the facts regarding the situation of the new hire to date:1. Dooley was fired after Ms State but it wasnt to be made official until the new hire was complete.2. There is a gentlemans agreement in place, the hire is done.3. Hart will be fired if its not a rockstar as the top booster has legal ability to fire the University President who can fire the AD.4. It is a done deal b/c Hart publicly said: It wont be a coordinator, Money wont be an issue, It will be someone with head coaching experience and a proven winning record.... If it werent a done deal he wouldnt have put himself in that corner.

So, sounds like all that's missing is a name...? And when might that be forthcoming?

November 19, 2012  01:16 PM ET
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So, sounds like all that's missing is a name...? And when might that be forthcoming?

Likely when Monday Night football is done for the season

November 19, 2012  01:20 PM ET
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Wonder if Franklin-the HC from Vandy is on the short list. He should be getting a number of offers this year.

hopefully we can keep Franklin for at least another year....he has made a change in attitude at Vandy and Music City......what a fun game it was last Saturday night.............

November 19, 2012  01:25 PM ET

"I've given my all for Tennessee, and our family appreciates all this University and the Knoxville community has given us. Especially the buyout."

FIFH....

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November 19, 2012  01:49 PM ET

Tenn sucks. Manning isn't coming back. Get over it.

November 19, 2012  01:49 PM ET

Tough year to land a good coach for any "(what's the past tense for elite?)" school. Several SEC schools will be looking for one, so a lot of also-rans will be getting picked up.

November 19, 2012  01:55 PM ET
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I am a soiled toilet tissue newbie. I need to get over myself.

Well, that's honest, if little else....

 
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