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Derek Dooley's job status: 'Nothing to report,' says Tennessee

Tennessee has nothing new to report on the status of embattled head football coach Derek Dooley.

Joe Robbins

Amid rumors that the ousting of Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley was imminent, the school released a simple statement late Sunday night on Dooley's status (via

"There's nothing to report," said associate athletic director Jimmy Stanton late Sunday.

Athletic director Dave Hart, who will make the final decision on Dooley's future, did not speak on the situation, as he spent most of Sunday at a Lady Vols soccer game.

Over the weekend, two different outlets reported that it was only a matter of time before Dooley got the axe. On Saturday, Tennessee lost a quadruple-overtime game to Missouri, which marked five losses in six games for the Vols. The one win was a nail-biter against Troy.

Dooley is currently in his third year as Tennessee head coach, and needless to say, things have not gone well. The Vols have compiled a 15-20 record on Dooley's watch, and have not finished over .500 in any of his three seasons. Dooley's resume includes no significant wins and his defense has been a train wreck. With fan confidence waning, a coaching change may be the only way to restore some faith in the program.

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