Sadly, it looks as though it maybe the Night of the Long Knives for Coach Derek Dooley at Tennessee. In the three years at Tennessee, Dooley is 14-18 and a horrible 4-16 record in the SEC. Also, the Vols have yet to defeat a ranked opponent.
In Dooley's defense, he took over a program fraught with issues. Poor recruiting. Lane Kiffin bolting after one season for USC. Scholarship players leaving left and right. NCAA probing into recruiting violations by Kiffin's staff. In other words, Dooley has his work cut out for him.
However, the natives are restless in Knoxville and Volunteer Nation. Being a bottom-tier SEC program for the last couple of years has weighted mightily on the hearts of the Vol fanbase.
So patience is wearing thin and some of the big-money boosters may demand Tennessee's new Athletic director, Dave Hart, to make a change at the end of the year. And unfortunately for Dooley, he is not Hart's man. Dooley was hired by Mike Hamilton, the previous AD. All new athletic directors are always eager to put their people in place. After all, they don't want take the heat for somebody else's hire.
Personally, I think Dooley deserve one more year, but if that doesn't happen, here are some candidates that Tennessee fans have floated up to be considered as the new football coach at Rocky Top. I evaluate them all as to whether or not Tennessee should hire or not hire them.