I'm not "connected" over on the hill so I don't know what the powers-that-be are thinking and planning. But, I have been around long enough to know that when fan apathy sets in and seats are empty, something is going to be changed.. Will Dooley succeed if given another year or two? I don't have a crystal ball but the track record indicates "No". But, I don't blame Dooley for this situation. It lies at the feet of past A.D.'s and big money boosters who continually botch both hirings and firings of coaches. The football program undoubtedly had declined in Fulmer's final few years but it certainly was far from being in shambles,Why would you announce his firing in mid-season before having another coach lined up? It's not like we were totally desparate at that time. It's not all that easy to lure away a successful coach at a high-level, high profile school and I think UT found that out the hard way. But, most any coach at a mid-major school, whether they are experienced enough or not, would jump at the opportunity to coach in the SEC. There is no reason any SEC team should have to "settle" for a coach without a proven record or at leastt a top-notch assistant from a high profile school. The California Kid had little experience and was a jerk who did not fit into the SEC culture. Dooley knew the culture but had not proven he could coach winning football. It befuddles me why a school with UT's tradition and resources would hire either of these coaches, I do believe that Dooley has to win the remaining games, and look good doing it, in order to have any chance of saving his job.