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Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley was fired Sunday, the school announced.

Tennessee's 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday guaranteed the Volunteers a losing season.

Dooley went 15-21 as the Volunteers coach and finished with a losing mark in all three years on the job. It is also the first time Tennessee has had three straight losing seasons since 1909-11.

His firing is effective immediate. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim coach for Saturday's season finale against Kentucky.

"I am sorry we could not generate enough wins to create hope for a brighter future," Dooley said in a press release. "Although progress was not reflected in our record, I am proud of the strides we made to strengthen the foundation for future success in all areas of the program."

Dooley, 44, went 4-19 in SEC games and 0-15 against ranked teams. The Volunteers (4-7, 0-7 SEC) will try to avoid going winless in the conference for the first time in school history.

"We very much appreciate the effort and energy that Derek Dooley and his staff have poured into our football program at the University of Tennessee," athletic director Dave Hart said in the release.

"Derek and I met early this morning, and I informed him that I believed a change in leadership, despite the positive contributions he has made to the overall health of the program, was in the best long-term interests of Tennessee football. We will immediately begin the search for the best possible candidate to assume this leadership role."
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