La. Tech's Dooley top candidate for Tennessee

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Posted: Jan 15, 2010 12:38 PM by Brett Troxler
Updated: Jan 15, 2010 12:50 PM
Source: ESPN

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Topics: Derek Dooley, Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, football, college, Lane Kiffin, Volunteers

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 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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