Tennessee Hired Derek Dooley From Louisana Tech As Their Head Coach

John RodgersCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2010

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Derek Dooley of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs talks with his team during a time out in 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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Tennessee has signed Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley after the departure of Lane Kiffin.

Derek Dooley has some good coaching experience as he coached beside Nick Saban when he coached the Dolphins.

Dooley received a great recommendation from Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp. Derek Dooley coached on side of Muschamp at LSU, soon after Derek met with the Tennessee origination about the coaching vacancy.

Many suspected he was the leading candidate for the job after a great interview and many other names turned down the job. Then he canceled his end of the year players meeting to head to Ruston. That’s when he spent both Wednesday and Thursday with Tennessee officials.

Derek Dooley coached three seasons at Louisiana Tech and is (17-20) in those three years. However the leap to the SEC from the WAC will not be an easy task for coach Dooley. He is coming into an origination with speculations on recruiting violations, and many recruits thinking about leaving.

Coach Dooley was a strong recruiter and in a tough SEC conference and you need that background. Although he was a recruiter for LSU in 2000’ and they accumulated some great recruiting classes

In my opinion this looks like a desperation attempt to try to get a coach signed before the national signing day. Coach Dooley was probably the last player on the list for this job, but since coaches like; Jon Gruden, David Cutcliffe, and Will Muschamp have turned down the offer opened the door for Derek Dooley.

However his SEC ties are most likely the reason he got the job. However the deal hasn’t been completely finalized but both sides look like they’re going to agree to the deal.

Derek Dooley could bring in some more top recruits especially since some of Tennessee recruits have withdrew their commitments due to the loss of Lane Kiffin. So this may not be a bad coaching move by the Vols’ although it looks like a disaster.