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La. Tech's Dooley top candidate for Tennessee

5 years ago January 15, 2010 Jan 15, 2010 Friday, January 15 2010 Friday, January 15, 2010 11:38:42 AM CST in News
Source: ESPN

ESPN is reporting that Louisiana Tech football coach Derek Dooley is a top candidate to be Tennessee's new head coach.

An announcement could be made by Tennessee officials as early as Friday, according to ESPN. A source also told ESPN.com that a deal is not finalized and that Houston's Kevin Sumlin remains a possibility.

Dooley spent three years as the head coach of the Bulldogs, leading the team to a 17-20 record over that time, including an Independence Bowl victory in 2008. He coached at LSU under Nick Saban for five years before following the coach to the Miami Dolphins to coach tight ends.

Dooley is the son of legendary Georgia coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

The Tennessee job opened up earlier this week when Lane Kiffin left the Volunteers after one season to take the head coaching position at USC.

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