November 12th, 2012 01:17 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Athlon Sports, Dave Hart, Maxim Magazine, Vandy
So much for those rumors of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart giving Derek Dooley his walking papers yesterday afternoon. Not only was Hart watching a women’s soccer game in Knoxville when he was supposedly dropping the hammer on Dooley, but he actually gave the coach word — according to the coach himself — that no decision has been made yet.
“I didn’t ask him that, but I did ask him a lot of things. We talked very frankly about it. He told me he had not made a decision, whether we go 6-6, despite what all the reports are.
Either the sources are wrong, or Dave wasn’t being forthright with me, and I have no reason to think Dave’s not being forthright. He’s an honest man, he’s always been honest with me and I’ve appreciated how he’s handled everything about this. I really have.”
Tennessee’s coach is 4-18 in SEC play and he’s not likely to return next season. Attendance has waned at Neyland Stadium and keeping Dooley would mean taking a financial hit next season. Of course, buying Dooley out would also put the squeeze on an athletic department that lost cash last year.
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