Derek Dooley: 10 Candidates to Replace Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach

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Derek Dooley: 10 Candidates to Replace Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach
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The Tennessee Volunteers broke the hearts of fans across the state with their 37-20 loss at the hands of hated rival Florida last week. That makes eight straight years of winless football against the Gators, and it has Dooley nearing the hot seat once again.

So to whom do the Vols go if Dooley gets the ax?

Before you dislocate your index finger violently scrolling down the screen so you can light me up with a comment about how I'm overreacting about Dooley getting fired, I want to make it clear that I don't think he should be fired...yet.

The Vols still have winnable games against Georgia (maybe), Mississippi State, South Carolina (maybe) and Missouri. Even going 2-2 through those four games would set Tennessee up for an 8-4 season, which could turn into a respectable nine-win year with a bowl victory.

But if we learned anything from Lane Kiffin, it should be that you always need to have a Plan B. So if Dooley's Vols fall flat in another big game, we ought to know what kind of coaches are out there.

Here are the 10 coaches I'd go to after Dooley if I were athletic director Dave Hart. It's a mix of long shots, strong possibilities and safety picks.

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