This program has been on a downward spiral since Phillip Fulmer was fired after the 2008 season, and unfortunately Dooley was unable to right the ship. Despite the struggles Dooley faced, there are five names that could walk into Knoxville and put the program back on top.
The Volunteers are winless in the SEC as they head into a season-ending showdown with Kentucky at home. The stadium will be packed as usual, but the mood will be solemn when Jim Chaney takes the field as the interim head coach in Dooley’s place.
Nobody will miss Dooley on the Tennessee sideline, but change is never easy. As the Volunteers search for their 22nd head coach, these five names need to be at the top of the discussion list.