It’s no secret Derek Dooley entered 2012 as having one of the hottest seats in the country, and certainly the hottest seat in the SEC. It looked as if Dooley would survive another season in Knoxville if the Vols could win out and get to 7-5 entering a bowl game, but with the Missouri loss today, Tennessee can’t win seven.
Tennessee’s 51-48 four overtime loss to Mizzou at home just may have been the last straw that broke the Dooley cart. We saw a Missouri offense that was ranked 112th in the country put up 51 points today. It was an electrifying and intense game, but it dropped the Vols to 4-6 overall and 0-6 in the SEC.
A fun game that resulted in a loss. Tennessee has had way too many of those during Dooley’s tenure.
We saw Kentucky fire Joker Phillips this past Sunday after a home loss, and it’s certainly not out of the question that Dooley gets the axe tomorrow, either.
With three other teams now looking for new head coaches – Arkansas, Auburn and Kentucky, it may be wise to go ahead and expedite the process and start really pursuing other big-time head coaches not named Jon Gruden.
Let’s face it, Gruden is looking more like a no with every passing week.
Dooley is exactly 4-18 in the SEC since his hiring, and a loser of 13 of their last 14 in the conference.
While the offense is electric with Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, the Vols have a remarkably awful defense to go along with it. It has been the Vols’ downfall in 2012.
However, specifically in this game, Tennessee had a chance to make something happen, with a tie game and 45 seconds left with two timeouts at the end of regulation. However, Dooley played it too safe and settled for overtime.
It looks like now that we will in fact see four coaching jobs open up in the SEC after the 2012 season is over. Likely all programs – Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee, with the exception of Kentucky – will be looking at a lot of the same coaches.
Dooley very well could last the remainder of the season, but it’s almost a sure bet he’ll be replaced after the season is completed…if he lasts that long.
Let the shark tank feast begin for all the open jobs. Mayhem will ensue.
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