The long nightmare is over for Tennessee football fans. The Vols may never have to speak the name of former coach Derek Dooley ever again.
While we’re uncertain that will happen, here’s some news that is sure to make your day– Tennessee cut its last check to Dooley this month.
For more than four years after firing Dooley following a 2012 loss to Vanderbilt, the Tennessee athletic department has been diligently making payments to the former Vols coach to honor a $5 million buyout.
According to a report from Rhiannon Potkey, the “guaranteed payments were due in installments of $102,049 per month through December of this year.”
In total, Tennessee had to pay more than $9 million buyouts to Dooley and his assistants in the aftermath of the coaching change that brought about the hiring of current coach Butch Jones prior to the 2013 season. According to the report, the Vols also had to pay a $1.4 million buyout to Cincinnati to bring Jones to Knoxville, bringing the cost of the change to nearly $11 million.
Dooley has been cashing Tennessee checks for the last four football seasons while also being gainfully employed as the wide receivers coach for the Dallas Cowboys. These days, he’s working with superstar wideout Dez Bryant on catching passes from former Mississippi State star Dak Prescott.
For those wondering about a buyout on Butch Jones, it would be even more expensive. According to Potkey, the Vols would owe Jones $10.625 million if he was fired without cause.