After losing to Vanderbilt on Saturday, Tennessee fired head football coach Derek Dooley. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will take over as interim head coach for the Vol’s final game of the season against Kentucky.
According to USA Today, Dooley became head coach at Tennessee after Lane Kiffin’s one-year stint in 2009. All of Dooley’s three seasons as head coach proved to be less successful than Kiffin’s one, as Dooley’s teams failed to produce a single winning season.
Further adding to Dooley’s shortcomings is his team’s inability to beat SEC rivals this season. The Vol’s 44-18 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday punctuated a streak of seven consecutive losses to fellow SEC teams. With a combination of a blowout loss, another lost season, and waning attendance figures, the need for Tennessee to go in another direction at head coach became undeniable.
Dooley had four years left on his contract, which will cost the University of Tennessee $5 million for its buyout of the remaining years.