Dooley officially out as head coach of Volunteers - WKRN News 2

Dooley officially out as head coach of Volunteers

Posted: Updated: Nov 18, 2012 08:44 PM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

Derek Dooley's head coaching career in Tennessee has come to an end.

Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart took to Twitter and the official Volunteer Football account to break the news officially Sunday morning.

"We very much appreciate the effort and energy that Derek Dooley and his staff have poured into our football program," the Volunteer Football program tweeted from their official account.

Hart continued by saying, "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."

The Vols will fail to reach a bowl in back-to-back seasons for the first time since being left out four consecutive years from 1975-78.

"I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future," Dooley said 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."

Dooley's successor will become the Vols' fourth coach in a six-year stretch.

Phillip Fulmer was fired in the midst of a five-seven season in 2008 and ended his 17-year tenure with a 152-52 record.

Lane Kiffin stayed for just one year before Southern California hired him.

Dooley leaves after only three seasons.

Tennessee won at least eight games for 16 consecutive seasons from 1989-2004 and posted double-digit wins in nine of those years, but the Vols haven't earned more than seven victories in any of their last five seasons. This will mark their fifth losing season over the last eight years.

The program stated that Jim Chaney, the Vol's offensive coordinator, will coach the team this Saturday against Kentucky.

Currently, the Vols are 0-7 in the SEC and Dooley's career record at Tennessee is 15-21.

The Vols are 1-14 in their last 15 SEC games.

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