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Tennessee hires La. Tech's Derek Dooley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's frantic search to find a new coach is over, and the Volunteers are turning to Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley.

Louisiana Tech spokesman Malcolm Butler says Dooley has resigned from his positions as coach and athletic director to join the Volunteers. A statement by the university was expected later Friday.

The son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, Derek Dooley went 17-20 in three seasons at Louisiana Tech.

The Volunteers hired him after a quick search to fill the vacancy created when Lane Kiffin abruptly resigned Tuesday night, bolting to Southern California after 14 months.

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