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Report: Louisiana Tech Coach Derek Dooley To Become Vols' Head Coach

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Derek Dooley of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs reacts after a call during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 24-16.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIJanuary 15, 2010

According to ESPN, Derek Dooley is set to become the next head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

This will be Dooley's second head coaching job after he went 17-20 at Louisiana Tech.

It was good hire overall by the Vols. If Dooley can do that good of a job at Louisiana Tech, which is not known as a football power, then who knows what he can do at Tennessee?

Before LA Tech, Dooley had a stint as the Miami Dolphins' tight end coach, and before that he worked under Nick Saban at Louisiana State as tight end coach and a recruiting coordinator (2000-02), then as running back coach and the special teams coordinator (2003-04).

Now I know some people are going to point out that he did go 17-20 at Louisiana Tech, but let's not forget that Gene Chizik went 5-19 in two years at Iowa and in his first season at Auburn, the Tigers improved to 8-5; now they have a top 10 recruiting class.

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