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Former coach Majors, former Vols react to Dooley dismissal

Former Vols players and coaches are reacting to the dismissal of UT Head Football Coach Derek Dooley.

Former UT players Jayson Swain and Chris Treece hosted a call-in show about Dooley Sunday afternoon on Tennessee Sports Radio.

Treece, a defensive back who played for the Vols from 1986 to 1990, said he wasn't surprised by UT Athletic Director Dave Hart's decision to let Dooley go.

"[It's] probably the worst past 3 years in Tennessee history." he said. "I think this job was too big for Derek Dooley."

Campus buzzing about Dooley departure

Campus buzzing about Dooley departure

With Derek Dooley out as the University of Tennessee head football coach, campus is buzzing about what's next for the football program.

Students at local sports bars switched from their NFL games to watch Athletic Director Dave Hart's press conference live.

Their eyes were glued to the TV, but they say the announcement wasn't a surprise.

"It's final. Finally," said UT junior, Samantha Dodge.

"It was a relief," said UT senior, Joe McCallum.

Local commitments solid to Vols despite Dooley departure

Local commitments solid to Vols despite Dooley departure

Josh Smith and Brett Kendrick are still enjoying Christian Academy's big 38-36 win over Alcoa in the TSSAA Quarterfinals.

Both are committed to play football at the University of Tennessee.  Both found out this morning Derek Dooley would no longer be the Vols head coach.

Smith is a receiver and safety in high school and Kendrick is an offensive lineman.  Both say they are firm in their commitment to Tennessee.

Dooley out as head coach: official release and comments

Dooley out as head coach: official release and comments

Here is the full statement from the University of Tennessee on Derek Dooley's departure as head coach, with comments from Dooley.

The University of Tennessee announced today (Sunday) that Derek Dooley will not return as the head football coach of the Vols. The announcement was made by Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart, who will immediately begin a search for a new head coach for the Vols.

UT fans furious over penalties

UT fans furious over penalties

UT fans are speaking out as word about the football penalties spreads across campus.

"Oh no, this again? I thought it was over with, the probation and everything," said sophomore Patrick MacCoon. "Finding out we have two more years of probation kind of hits the heart a little bit harder now, especially with all the controversy still going on with UT football I think."

Lady Vols recruiting class ranked #2 in nation

Lady Vols recruiting class ranked #2 in nation

Holly Warlick's first signing class as the Lady Vols Head Coach has a very Pat Summitt-like feel to it.

Warlick's three players are rated the second best signing class in the nation for 2013, and the best in the SEC.

6-6 Mercedes Russell was a major acquisition for Warlick.  Russell is the top ranked high school player in the country according to many recruiting services. 

Here is more on the Lady Vols recruiting class from the University of Tennessee:

Lady Vols start slow, finish strong in 101-48 win over Rice

Lady Vols start slow, finish strong in 101-48 win over Rice

The Tennessee Lady Vols used a 22-2 run late in the first half to break open a close game and went on to rout Rice, 101-48.

Meighan Simmons tossed in 22 points to lead the way for Tennessee, while freshman Bashaara Graves had 18 points and Isabelle Harrison scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds.

Former Webb star Jessica Goswitz struggled in her return home, scoring 3 points for the Owls.

Here is more on the game from the University of Tennessee: