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Without Cowboys job, Derek Dooley was ready to sit out

From Pro Football Talk

The University of Tennessee is contractually obligated to throw away a lot of money on Derek Dooley over the next four years, and that makes it easy for Dooley to pick and choose what he does with himself.

Dooley was fired as Tennessee’s head coach at the end of the 2012 season, and he had one of those absurdly lucrative contracts that big-time football schools routinely give their coaches. That means Tennessee is obligated to write Dooley a check for just under $105,000 a month, every month for the next four years, for a total of $5 million. Which means he easily could have sat back and lived the good life, rather than working.

And Dooley says that’s exactly what he planned to do — until the Cowboys called him and made him an offer to become their new wide receivers coach.

I wasn’t looking to get a job, and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think it was just a tremendous opportunity and if I didn’t feel like I could help,” Dooley told DallasCowboys.com. “There were a lot of opportunities in December and January, but when you went through what I did, I wasn’t going to just take any opportunity, and this was certainly a special one. . . . I wasn’t really looking for anything, and quite frankly this opportunity was one that really excited me and I couldn’t turn down.”

Dooley said that after he was fired in late November, he spent the month of December trying to recover mentally, and then the offer from the Cowboys came along at the right time in January.

“I felt like that I couldn’t do a good job to whoever I went until I got cleansed, so to speak,” Dooley said. “You have so many emotions when things like that happen, from disappointment to anger to frustration to blame, and it’s important to really cleanse all that out and start looking forward. The train’s passed, you can’t look back.”

So Dooley will move forward. And collect paychecks from two employers.

Oh boy, memorable sayings from former UT head coach Derek Dooley

Something tells me this isn’t going to turn out right. Just what the Cowboys DON’T need.


Cowboys to hire former Tennessee Vols coach Derek Dooley as WR coach

imagesCAHVX13EThe Dallas Cowboys are prepared to hire former Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley as Dallas’ new wide receivers coach, sources told  ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Dooley was fired in November after posting a disappointing 15-21 record over his three-year tenure with the Vols. His three straight losing seasons were the longest such stretch of futility for the storied program.

Dooley will take over in Dallas for Jimmy Robinson, who was not seen with the rest of the Cowboys staff this week while they evaluated players at the Senior Bowl.

Robinson has been Dallas’ assistant head coach/wide receivers since 2011, joining the team from Green Bay after the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.

Robinson has helped develop Dez Bryant, now the Cowboys’ top receiver. A source told ESPNDallas.com’s Todd Archer that Robinson could move into a consultant role with the team after a 23-year run as an assistant coach with six teams.

Dooley was Miami‘s tight ends coach when Dallas head coach Jason Garrett coached the Dolphins’  quarterbacks under head coach Nick Saban in 2005-06.

The Cowboys’ receiving corps, lead by wide receivers Bryant and Miles Austin, and tight end Jason Witten, finished the season third in the NFL in yards (4,992) and yards per game (312.0) behind the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.

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