According to The Daily Advertiser, Dooley canceled a meeting with players on Wednesday and left Ruston, Louisiana to meet with Tennessee officials on Wednesday and Thursday.
Dooley, 41, has a record of 17-20 in his three seasons at La. Tech including a 12-12 record in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs went 8-5 and 5-3 in 2008 and won the Independence Bowl.
Dooley's coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Georgia in 1996. He was the wide receivers coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at SMU from 1997-99. He came to LSU to work as Nick Saban's recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach from 1999-2003. Dooley helped Saban land No. 1 classes in 2001 and 2003. He served as special teams coordinator and running backs coach from 2003-04. Dooley followed Saban to the Miami Dolphins where he was tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006 before taking the coaching position at La. Tech job. He assumed the duties of athletic director at La. Tech in March 2008.
Multiple reports concerning the coaching vacancy ran on Thursday and early Friday. Texas defensive coordinator/coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp, Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, and Duke head coach David Cutcliffe publicly turned down the job. Lane Kiffin, who was 7-6 in his only season in Knoxville, left earlier in the week to take the job Pete Carroll vacated at Southern California when Carroll joined the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
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