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                      === Tennessee fires Derek Dooley ===
 
 Knoxville,  TN  (Sports Network) - The  University of Tennessee has fired head
 football coach Derek Dooley, effective immediately.
 
 The  move  comes a  day  after  the Volunteers  dropped  a  41-18 decision  at
 Vanderbilt to fall to 4-7 overall and 0-7 in SEC play.
 
 Dooley was in his third season with the Vols and posted a record of 15-21. The
 program  did  not have a winning  record during his tenure, although his first
 team  in 2010 reached  the Music City Bowl after a 6-6 regular season and lost
 to North Carolina.
 
 "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," said
 athletic director Dave Hart in a statement Sunday. "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, the son of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley, was the head coach at
 Louisiana  Tech from  2007-09  and took  over at  Tennessee  when Lane  Kiffin
 departed after one season to take the vacancy at Southern California.
 
 "I  am sorry  we could not generate  enough wins to create hope for a brighter
 future,"  said Dooley through the school. "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."
 
 Offensive  coordinator Jim  Chaney will coach the Vols for their season finale
 next Saturday against Kentucky.
 
 Hart said the search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
 
 11/18 15:13:33 ET

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