Dooley still coaching; No word on job status

Dooley still coaching; No word on job status


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If Derek Dooley has been fired, he hasn't been told yet.

On Monday, the embattled coach spoke for the first time since website reports indicated he was about to be fired by athletics director Dave Hart.

"Either the sources are wrong or Dave wasn't being forthright with me and I have no reason to believe Dave's not being forthright with me. He's an honest man," Dooley said.

Dooley said he has talked to Hart since Tennessee's 51-48 overtime loss to Missouri on Saturday.

"He has told me he has not made a decision, if we go 6-6, despite what all the reports are."

Tennessee still has a chance to become eligible for a bowl game. They have two games remaining in the regular season.

The Vols play at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

"There are a lot of outside distractions, but it doesn't bother our team," said linebacker Herman Lathers after practice.

"We're a close knit bunch and we stand together no matter what."

Lathers and other players said Dooley addressed the team before practice-- something they say the head coach does before every Monday practice.

"Yeah, I address it," said Dooley.

"They're getting banged-up on their phone, the way my kids were getting banged-up on their phone, everybody was saying I was getting fired and I didn't even know it. I'm sitting there working on Vandy."

The Vols play the Commodores in Nashville.

Tennessee finishes the regular season at home against Kentucky.

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