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        Tennessee finds it's man
         By Jesse McCormack/ThaRinger.Com
         January 15, 2010


The longest two days in recent UT history ended on Friday, The University of Tennessee have officially hired their 22nd head football coach, Derek Dooley. He replaces Lane Kiffin who recently was hired to the same position at Southern Cal.

Dooley is the son of the infamous Vince Dooley, who had a storied coaching career at Georgia. Prior to joining the Vols, he had served time most recently as the Head Coach and Athletic Director (the only person in the coach in the NCAA to hold both titles) at Louisiana Tech, where he finished with a record of 17-20. He has also coached several years under Alabama’s Nick Saban at both LSU, where he served as an offensive assistant and recruiting coordinator, and the Miami Dolphins as the Tight End’s coach.

Prior to his opening press conference, Dooley had a brief introductory meeting with his new team.

“He was just giving background information on himself,” incoming freshman wide receiver Matt Milton said, who was recruited by the previous staff and has enrolled early. "He was just talking about the whole situation and what he is going to do,"

“My initial impression was, I liked him. I think the majority of the guys really took to him because what he said sounded real and he sounded like a good guy, so I really liked him.”

What others are saying about Dooley:

"Derek is a very articulate, bright guy. He's a great coach and a hard-working guy. He was always a very good recruiter in college, which I think is paramount if you're going to have success as a college coach."
-- Nick Saban, Head Coach, University of Alabama (source:

“What we have is a man who has a vision for this program and this university; he wants to make it something special. He has a plan. It is an energetic, aggressive plan, and I could not be more proud to have him as our AD and our football coach."
-- Terry Bradshaw, Louisiana Tech Alum and former NFL QB (source:

“Coach Dooley is such a bright person. He's made me a better person on and off the field. He's made me focus every day on every aspect of the game. As a coach, he makes you the best player you can possibly be. He'll coach you like you've never been coached, and he'll push you to your maximum potential. He is a phenomenal teacher."
-- Randy McMichael, St. Louis Rams Tight End (source:

- Note: Matt Milton also conveyed his belief that Kippy Brown will be kept on as an assistant coach at Tennessee.