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I have misgivings about his termination. He inherited a mess when he took over primarily because
Dooley's fatal flaw was that he could never quite get the team over the hump in big games. All season, his team was competitive but could not make the big play when needed. Though this was particularly acute this year, it happened over and over during his tenure.
For example, in his first season, the Vols played
in the second
fought to a 13-13 draw in the first half.
The Ducks were loaded that year, and Tennessee admirably battled them until
midway through the third quarter. Then, Tennessee hit a couple of
big plays, including an interception return for a touchdown, and the game was
basically done. Oregon won 48-13. Oregon
Saturday's game was basically a repeat of that. Despite a sloppy first half,
bowl-bound Vanderbilt by three points, 13-10.
However, the Commodores outplayed the Vols in the third quarter and
coasted after that. Final: 41-18. Tennessee
I wish Coach Dooley the best because he worked hard for the school. It just did not work out, but he did leave the program better than it was when he took over. He deserves credit for that.