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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