In contrast to UK, Tennessee fires Dooley, calls presser

As you may have heard, Tennessee has fired head football coach Derek Dooley and athletic director Dave Hart is holding a 2 p.m. press conference to talk about the firing.

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.

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  1. Tom says:

    Kentucky football fans, watch closely!
    Observe how Dave Hart, the athletic director at Tennessee, goes after a football coach.
    We are led to believe we have a more wealthy athletic program that most in the nation and I’ve never heard Tennessee mention in a statement concerning money to throw around.
    We are about to experience a first hand education on being ‘Barnharted’.
    Sure, Tennessee is a known football program but as of right now, they are no better than Kentucky in what the future holds.
    See if they go ‘cheap’ on their next hire.
    Barnhart likes to talk about improving football, the facilities, etc. Let’s see if he is willing to hire a
    coach comparable to what Tennessee will go after.
    Talk is cheap, and he loves to talk about how he’s improving sports at Kentucky, well Mitch, its time to step up and show us we’re just as good as Tennessee when it comes to picking coaches.
    Tennessee WILL pick its next coach, will Barnhart or will we have to settle for ‘left overs’?

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  2. operationruse says:


    Do you recall if Barnhart held a presser when he fired Billy G? I heard that today, but I cannot recall. If so, do you believe that Mitch is being somewhat tone deaf on the perception that U.K.’s administration wants football to take a backseat? Perception is reality, afterall.

  3. John Clay says:

    He did.