Derek Dooley will be let go following the game against the Kentucky Wildcats in an announcement to come later today from the University of Tennessee, according to insidetennessee.com.
Several news outlets, including WATE television in Knoxville, are confirming that sources inside the program can’t let the drama drag out any longer, and that announcing Dooley’s exit soon will help stop the bleeding.
When asked about his job security a week ago, Dooley seemed fairly certain that everything would be fine stating, “Either the sources are wrong or Dave wasn’t being very forthright with me and I have no reason to think Dave isn’t being forthright with me; he’s an honest man,” referring to Tennessee’s Director of Athletics, Dave Hart.
Dooley was asked about his take on the state of the program following the loss on Saturday.
“I don’t think you can say where this program is on one game. We have had a lot of really good games that we didn’t win this year. The program is certainly not where we need to be. It is not anywhere close to where the fans want it to be. It is probably a little bit better than what people think it is. That is how I would assess it.” – Derek Dooley
Tennessee will now be assured of a losing season and no bowl game under Dooley in 2012. His final game, against Kentucky, will be at home on Saturday with a 12:21pm EST kickoff.