KNOXVILLE — With 30 seconds remaining in a tie game and with two timeouts in hand, Derek Dooley decided the best course of action was to let the clock run out.
After Tennessee lost to Missouri 51-48 in four overtimes on Saturday, there was the unmistakable sense that Dooley’s time as Vols coach also expired.
It’s time for a change. Even at the cost of a $5 million buyout, UT simply can’t afford to keep Dooley around for a fourth season. His body of work just doesn’t merit it.
This was UT’s sixth loss of the season and its fifth in the past six games, a skid broken only by the 55-48 survival act against Troy a week ago. As the defeats have piled up, so has the distinct feeling that Dooley’s days as coach are numbered.
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