Derek Dooley isn't a volunteer.
Even without a signed Memorandum of Understanding, the new Tennessee football coach is still getting paid. But nearly two weeks into the job for the Vols, he's just not getting the maximum amount yet.
Until UT athletic director Mike Hamilton gets a signed MOU from Dooley, the only compensation he'll receive will be his base pay from the university. Though the school hasn't released any information on Dooley's salary, that's likely still a decent check based on the $350,000 Lane Kiffin received for the same job a year ago, though it's only a small portion of a total package Dooley will be due once his deal is finalized.
There doesn't appear to be any great rush for either party to make it official right now, though, particularly since Dooley seems more concerned about doing his job at the moment than getting paid for it.
"His No. 1 priority has been recruiting," Hamilton said. "I think that's a tribute to him and the job he wants to do here."
Dooley has been having some success with it so far, salvaging a recruiting class that many expected to fall apart after Kiffin's abrupt departure earlier this month. He's also been assembling a staff around him with strong recruiting ties in UT's main areas of emphasis, though there are still holes left to fill - including a critical one at defensive coordinator.
There's also the small matter of signing his MOU with the Vols to attend to, but it's not like Dooley is forfeiting any pay by waiting and there haven't been any major issues in the negotiations either. UT can back pay whatever it would have owed him over the last couple weeks when the ink is finally dry, which possibly might not happen until after the weekend.
"There are no real disagreements, maybe just one or two things we're still going over and finalizing," Hamilton said. "Coach Dooley has been on the road recruiting and he'll be back this weekend for some campus visits, but this could still go through the weekend.
"The important thing is to have a complete MOU."
Eventually both parties will have one. But even without it, the Vols aren't really saving any money and Dooley isn't working for free.