Tennessee Fires Football Coach Dooley After Loss at Vanderbilt

The University of Tennessee fired coach Derek Dooley one day after a 41-18 loss at Vanderbilt University.

Director of Athletics Dave Hart said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim head coach for the Vols’ season finale on Nov. 24 at home in Knoxville, Tennessee, against the University of Kentucky.

Tennessee (4-7) has lost all seven of its Southeastern Conference games this season. A loss to Kentucky would leave it winless in SEC play for the first time in school history.

“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,” Hart said in a statement on the school’s website.

Dooley, 44, who had four years left on his contract, had a 15-21 record in three seasons at Tennessee and was 4-19 in SEC play.

The loss to Vanderbilt clinched a third straight losing season for the Volunteers, the first such streak since 1909-11. Tennessee had won its previous 14 games at in-state rival Vanderbilt (7-4).

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