Three days after ESPN reported that the Dallas Cowboys had hired former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to be their next receivers coach, the team still hasn't confirmed the hiring.
Dooley told WNML host Jimmy Hyams on Monday that the initial reports were wrong and that he had not agreed to join any team.
Cowboys spokesperson Rich Dalrymple said Tuesday afternoon that there was nothing new to report.
"We only send out a press release when we are told a contract has been finalized and signed. We don't get into the speculative stuff," he said.
Adding to the confusion, the Associated Press seemed to confirm ESPN's report last Saturday night by citing a post on the Dallas Cowboys official website. That story on DallasCowboys.com — "Dooley Expected to Become New Receivers Coach" — was removed. On Sunday, a new headline read "WR Coach Among Positions Still Not Filled By Cowboys."
The Cowboys employ reporters who cover the team for its own website, and their reports are not necessarily the official announcements of the team.
"I don't know what the website story said," Dalrymple said. "It's not official unless it is a press release from our office."
If hired, Dooley would replace veteran NFL assistant Jimmy Robinson and be given responsibility for coaching mercurial star receiver Dez Bryant.
Dooley, who was 15-21 in three seasons at UT before being fired in November, is being paid a $5 million buyout in monthly installments of $102,040 through December 2016. The buyout is not affected by his future earnings.
Dooley spent two years in the NFL as an assistant to Nick Saban in Miami in 2005-2006. He is familiar with the Dallas area, having spent three years as an assistant at Southern Methodist in the late 1990s. His wife, Allison, is from Fort Worth.