Vol fans offer opinions on Derek Dooley's future at UT

Vol fans offer opinions on Derek Dooley's future at UT

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Fans at the weekly Knoxville Quarterback Club meeting Monday said they're sick of the Volunteers losing. Fans at the weekly Knoxville Quarterback Club meeting Monday said they're sick of the Volunteers losing.
"As far as the coaching situation, I don't stick my nose in it. People who know me and Derek Dooley for sure knows that I'm supportive of him and I like Derek Dooley," said former head coach Johnny Majors. "As far as the coaching situation, I don't stick my nose in it. People who know me and Derek Dooley for sure knows that I'm supportive of him and I like Derek Dooley," said former head coach Johnny Majors.
"He's a nice fella, but that's worst coaching decision I've ever seen and I've been following Tennessee football since I got home from Korea in 1953," said Leroy Rogers, a Knoxville resident. "He's a nice fella, but that's worst coaching decision I've ever seen and I've been following Tennessee football since I got home from Korea in 1953," said Leroy Rogers, a Knoxville resident.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Vol fans hate the prospect of lower-tier status within the SEC, but there's also fear of the unknown.  

UT has weathered a string of coaching changes in the past few years with mixed results and plenty of uncertainty.  

Fans at the weekly Knoxville Quarterback Club meeting Monday said they're sick of the Volunteers losing.  

Many still believe the team has a chance to salvage this season, but during the meeting, fans seemed deflated and the mood was clearly somber.  

"I think everyone is just upset about losing. We continue to lose and lose. It gets the best of us sometimes," said Knoxville resident Tyler Pavlis.  

Derek Dooley's future with Tennessee may still be undecided, but some said the writing was on the wall, especially after Saturday's loss against Missouri.

"He's a nice fella, but that's worst coaching decision I've ever seen and I've been following Tennessee football since I got home from Korea in 1953," said Leroy Rogers, a Knoxville resident.

Dooley's name wasn't mentioned once during the meeting, and some quarterback club members have thoughts on how it should play out.  

"I think the administration has got to wait until the end of the year. My opinion, if I let a guy go at my company, if I made a decision to let him go, he's out the door that day, he's not going to stay around for two to three weeks," said Charlie Morgan, a Quarterback Club board member.  

Morgan said the situation is a matter of dollar and cents.

Either the buyout happens and he's gone, or Morgan thinks the stands will be fairly empty if Dooley returns next year.  

Former head coach Johnny Majors said the focus should be on the team.

"As far as the coaching situation, I don't stick my nose in it. People who know me and Derek Dooley for sure knows that I'm supportive of him and I like Derek Dooley," said Majors.

If the Vols win their remaining two games, they will be bowl eligible. Many fans agreed that a change shouldn't happen until the end of the season.  

"I don't think he should be fired. Let him coach out the year, out of respect, because he has not embarrassed the University of Tennessee," said Rogers.

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