On Friday January 15th, Louisiana released its news about coach Derek Dooley. Accordingly, Derek Dooley has accepted the offer of head coach position at Tennessee Volunteers. This means that he will no longer be athletics director and head football coach at La. Tech. Dooley will replace the position of Lake Kiffin who left for South California University earlier this week.
Dooley, 41, has been the head coach at Louisiana Tech for three years, compiling a 17-20 record in the Western Athletic Conference. In his third season at La. Tech, Dooley was also in charge of athletic director for the school. He played football at Virginia and has a law degree from Georgia. He was a recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach on Nick Saban's staff at LSU.
Reports say that Derek Dooley was the fifth to be offered the coach position. However, unlike other coaches who had refused the position, he was the first one to accept it. This made fans and the La. Tech surprised.
Derek Dooley is son of the legendary University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. Father Dooley was also surprised when he heard from reports that his son will be the leading candidate at Tennessee.
Dooley was hired as the new head coach at Louisiana Tech University on December 17, 2006. Before that, he had worked as an assistant at the University of Georgia in 1996. He later spent the 1997-1999 seasons as wide receivers coach at Southern Methodist University. He also worked as the head coach of the Miami Dophins in 2005.
In this season, Louisiana Tech had one winning game and 5 losing game. But all five of those losses were by 10 or fewer points. It lost to Boise State by an average of 19.6 points, though it lost 45-35 this year, and lost to Nevada by an average of 22 points. The Bulldogs were 2-4 against Hawaii and Fresno State.
With Dooley's leaving, Louisiana will have to face some difficulties as it will have to find both a head coach and an athletic director. Dooley was the only one to be in charge of holding both positions at the Bulldogs.
Offensive coordinator Frank Scelfo and Bruce Van De Velve will be holding the position of temporary head coach and athletic director respectively before the school can find new successors.