Contrast that with UK AD Mitch Barnhart, who fired his head football coach, Joker Phillips, in an open letter two weeks ago but did not hold a press conference and has turned down all interview requests since then.
Unlike Phillips, Dooley is not expected to coach when Tennessee plays Kentucky this Saturday in Knoxville (12:21 p.m. start on SEC Network).
The son of Vince Dooley was 4-19 in the SEC as Tennessee coach, including Saturday night’s 41-18 loss at Vanderbilt. The Vols lost 14 of their last 15 conference games.
Dooley has a $5 million buyout in his contract.
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has been named UT’s interim coach for Saturday.