Tennessee fires football coach Derek Dooley

Tennessee fires football coach Derek Dooley

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KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Derek Dooley of the Tennessee Volunteers walks the sidelines during the game against the LSU Tigers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 18 at 1:06 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee has fired football coach Derek Dooley after he posted losing seasons in each of his three years.
 
The 44-year-old Dooley posted a 15-21 record that sorely lacked quality wins over conference foes. Dooley was 4-19 in Southeastern Conference games and 0-15 against Top 25 teams. Tennessee is 1-14 in the SEC over the last two years.
 
Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) must win its season finale against Kentucky to avoid going winless in SEC play for the first time in school history. Tennessee's 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday guarantees the Volunteers their third consecutive losing season, which marks the first time the Vols have gone below .500 in three straight years since 1909-11.
 
The university also announced Sunday that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will coach the Volunteers' season finale.

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