Should he stay or should he go?
University of Tennessee fans were divided Saturday evening after the Vols lost 51-48 to Missouri in four overtimes.
Some fans had already written off Dooley and assume UT will announce his termination soon because of the loss. Dooley is in his third season as coach of the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC).
"I think Dooley is gone after this year. This win didn't matter for Dooley," said Blake Geasley, UT alumnus of the class of 2011. "We really needed our first SEC win."
Some fans haven't entirely turned their backs on Dooley yet, though.
Brother and sister Chris Myers and Lauren Boardman have conflicting views.
"I think Dooley's a good guy. I like him and I think we need to give him a chance. I think we're not going to do any better, and we're a whole lot better than we were three years ago," Boardman said.
The dedicated Vols fans have been to nearly every home game since 1998 and Myers graduated from UT in 2000. Now, he's worried he's wasting his money on expensive tickets and parking just to watch his team lose. They spent much of the game tailgating in the G-10 parking garage.
"My wife and I pay around $800 for season tickets, plus $100-200 for a parking pass, plus donations that we pay toward season tickets, but it's almost not worth it. I think we're going to pay for our tickets next year only because we don't want to lose them, but if there are too many years in a row like this, we're not going to move forward with it. It's just not worth it," Myers said.
"In my opinion, I think Dooley is going to be let go. I feel bad for him, I feel bad for his family. He's going to get quite a bit of buyout as he is, but at the end of the day we're going to have to bring the fans to the stadium and I think it makes sense for the university if we get rid of him."
The repeat losses are also damaging student moral at the university.
Paul Longmire, a senior at UT, said, "Since I've been here, I haven't gotten to see a winning season, so it's not been a very fun experience to be a UT football fan in my four years."
He said he is sure Dooley won't see another season but doesn't think he is entirely to blame.
"You can't just put it all on the coach. It's a bunch of people, but at some point you have to think the guy hasn't won one SEC game all year," Longmire said.