Breaking: Derek Dooley Is New Head Man at Tennessee

William RamseyContributor IIJanuary 15, 2010

MIAMI - 2005:  Derek Dooley of the Miami Dolphins poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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Louisiana Tech has confirmed today that at around 4pm Eastern time Derek Dooley resigned as head football coach and AD at Tech to become the new head coach at Tennessee.

A plane carrying Dooley and a host of Tennessee officials are expected to arrive in Knoxville around 6pm Eastern time this evening. 

A press conference is expected Saturday to announce the new hire and introduce Dooley to the Vol Nation. 

Dooley is the son of former Georgia AD and coach Vince Dooley.  Dooley is no stranger to the SEC as his family has extensive ties to Georgia and he himself has SEC coaching experience. 

Dooley was hired by Nick Saban as recruiting coordinator during LSU's run to the national championship and Dooley is credited with being a very strong recruiter.

This should play up well for recruits looking to reaffirm their commitments to Tennessee or go elsewhere.  He is known as a CEO-type coach who gets down to business and is a no-nonsense type of recruiter.  This could be exactly what the Vols need this close to National Signing Day.

More as this story develops.