Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart believes Derek Dooley improved Tennessee football during his three-year tenure as the Volunteers’ coach.
Dooley just didn’t improve the Vols enough to keep his job.
The 44-year-old Dooley was fired Sunday after posting a 15-21 record that lacked wins over ranked opponents and Southeastern Conference foes. Dooley was 4-19 in SEC games and 0-15 against Top 25 teams. Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) is 1-14 in the SEC over the last two years.
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will coach the Vols’ season finale.
Dooley had four years left on his contract, which includes a $5 million buyout.