Derek Dooley Fired: Timeline of the 5 Games That Doomed the Tennessee Coach

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Derek Dooley Fired: Timeline of the 5 Games That Doomed the Tennessee Coach
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Derek Dooley is done in Tennessee.

When Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart announced that Derek Dooley was fired as the Volunteers' head coach, it was no real surprise. Dooley came into the season on what may have been the hottest seat in the nation and that seat only got hotter as the losses piled up.

When Dooley inherited the Tennessee football program, it was in shambles. Dooley was the team's third coach in as many years and scholarship players were leaving Knoxville trying to put the fiasco that was the Lane Kiffin "era" behind them.

With few scholarship players left and a very young team, many were expecting that 2010 would be the worst season in history. However, the Volunteers finished the season 6-7 and qualified for its only bowl game under Dooley.

Dooley finished with a 15-21 record that included an 0-15 mark against Top 25 teams. He was also 4-19 in SEC play and had lost 14 of his past 15 league games.

Let's take a look at five games that doomed Dooley in Tennessee.

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