Clear was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday pending the gathering of additional information after he was charged with theft of a laptop from a Vol baseball player.
"It hurts anytime a player is dismissed from the program, but there comes a time when a player's actions dictate that his privilege of being a part of this team should be removed," Dooley said in a news release.
"We will continue to support Cam and his family to help him learn from his actions and become the person and player I believe he has the potential to be."
The laptop Clear's accused of stealing came from a May 19 burglary of five fellow University of Tennessee athletes' dorm room at Gibbs Hall, according to police records released Wednesday.
The 19-year-old from Memphis faces a felony charge of theft up to $10,000. Clear remained free Wednesday with bond set at $2,500.
He was sitting at the entrance to Neyland Stadium on Tuesday when UT police caught him online on a MacBook Pro that belonged to freshman baseball pitcher Brandon Zajac, according to an arrest warrant.
Four other freshman baseball players — all neighbors of Clear in Gibbs Hall — reported they'd been burglarized at the same time as Zajac.
At the time of Clear's suspension, Jimmy Stanton, UT associate athletic director for communications, would not provide any details of the charge, wouldn't discuss the other thefts and wouldn't say whether other athletes have reported similar thefts.
Police traced the laptop's Wi-Fi signal to Gate 2 at the stadium around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, UT police Cpl. Ben Doty wrote in the arrest warrant. Clear was still at the keyboard when officers walked up, according to the warrant.
"Upon my arrival, I saw Mr. Clear sitting with a silver MacBook in his lap," Doty wrote. "Once he saw the officers, he closed the laptop."
The laptop's serial number matched the MacBook stolen from Zajac, Doty wrote.
Zajac and the other four baseball players — first-baseman/outfielder Richard Carter of Brentwood, Tenn., who's no longer on the team; pitcher Robbie Kidd of Fairfax Station, Va.; infielder Will Maddox of Gainesville, Ga.; and pitcher Connor Mahan Stevens of Raleigh, N.C. — reported a burglar had hit their dorm rooms Saturday.
UT officials released a copy of the initial burglary report to campus police after a series of public records requests by the News Sentinel. The report lists all five victims and lists Clear as a suspect but doesn't list what was stolen.
UT officials refused to give that list, even though other police agencies routinely include such details in incident reports, which are public records under state law.
The players couldn't be reached Wednesday.
Kidd's father, Scott Kidd, said his son's Sony VAIO laptop and a small flat-screen television were stolen.
"Luckily, he had an iPod in the room, too, but it was covered up by dirty clothes," the father said. "I guess it was a good strategy."
Other players' families couldn't be reached.
Zajac's laptop set off an electronic alert when Clear used it to log into the university's wireless network Tuesday, according to court records. He logged into a jail cell hours later.
Clear, a 6-6, 283-pound tight end, caught one pass for four yards as a freshman. He played in 12 games for the Vols in 2011, including two starts.
More details as they develop online and in Saturday's News Sentinel.