The university announced the anticipated firing Sunday after Dooley posted the storied program’s longest run of consecutive losing seasons in over a century .
Dooley, 44, had a 15-21 record that included an 0-15 mark against Top 25 teams. Dooley was 4-19 in Southeastern Conference competition during his three-year tenure and had lost 14 of his last 15 league games.
“This is a result-based profession,” Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said. “You cannot ignore the results at the end of the day.”
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as Tennessee’s interim coach for the Kentucky game.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN: The Eagles will be a No. 5 seed in the FCS playoffs and play host to Central Arkansas in the first round Dec. 1
BIG TEN EXPANSION: The Maryland Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss the Terrapins leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference for the Big Ten.
If Maryland approves the move and applies for admission, Rutgers is expected to follow suit and leave the Big East.
MIAMI: Coach Al Golden says he has not been told if the Hurricanes have decided whether to impose a second consecutive postseason ban.
Golden spoke with acting athletic director Blake James on Sunday, one day after the Hurricanes (6-5) became bowl eligible with a win over South Florida.
The Hurricanes’ compliance practices have been the subject of an NCAA investigation since 2011, and because that inquiry is not complete, it’s possible that Miami might self-impose another ban.