Derek Dooley is getting right to work.
The first step for the new Tennessee coach was finding some people to do it with him.
After parting ways with three assistants on his first full day on the job, Dooley made his first two hires on Sunday as the Vols try to quickly assemble a staff. They started Sunday with former Louisiana Tech secondary coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph and respected special teams coach Eric Russell from Texas Tech, who each have a history with Dooley.
UT also still has offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, linebackers coach Lance Thompson and defensive backs coach Willie Mack Garza on staff, but there are still a few vacancies to fill over the next few days. The Vols are also currently in the process of finalizing a contract for Dooley, though details of that are expected tonight.