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Dooley Denies Buyout Claim; “I’d Be A Real Dumbass To Do That”

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley — as expected — has denied part of a story from earlier today.  First, read carefully what was written here:


“Two sources very close to the Tennessee program have told that Dooley actually discussed a buyout with Hart and Tennessee after last season’s loss to Kentucky.  A third source further confirmed that story yesterday.

Knowing that his team quit on him versus UK and that fan negativity was growing, Dooley — as the story goes — approached the school and offered to just hit the road if they’d give him his buyout.  Tennessee officials reportedly told him they would not buy him out for $5 million since he was the guy asking out.  Dooley wouldn’t negotiate down the buyout, UT tried to call his bluff by not offering contract extensions to his assistants, but Dooley stuck it out anyway, hired new seven assistants — who had to be given multi-year contracts anyway — and tried to fix his program.

If that information is correct it’s hard to imagine Dooley surviving in Knoxville.  (Whether those discussions took place or not, don’t expect UT or Dooley to confirm them.)”


This writer isn’t sure how the question to Dooley was phrased, but as a site we made it pretty clear sources had made that claim.  But there was a reason we wrote: “as the story goes” and “if that information is correct.”  We weren’t present for the alleged meeting.

But when two good sources give and then confirm a story and then a third gives his knowledge of it, too, it’s thisclose to reaching the messageboards and, therefore, worthy of inclusion in a story about the back-and-forth nature of Dooley’s current job security.

Asked about it today at his press conference, Dooley called the story “absurd” and said: “I’d be a real dumbass to do that.”

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