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Dooley Out at University of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Derek Dooley is out as the University of Tennessee's head football coach.

An announcement on the Volunteers official website said that Director of Athletics Dave Hart will immediately begin a search for a new head coach for the Vols.

"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 Hart. "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 dismissal of Dooley is immediate and he will not coach in the season finale against Kentucky. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has been assigned to serve as interim head coach for Saturday's game.

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