Dooley replaces Lane Kiffin, who was in Knoxville for just under fourteen months.
Kippy Brown, the interim coach at Tennessee, is rumored to remain on the staff as receivers coach. Possible candidates to join Dooley in Knoxville are Syracuse Defensive Line Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, Louisiana Tech Defensive Backs Coach Terry Joseph, and Tennessee Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney. Chaney has ties to former St. Louis Rams Head Coach Scott Linehan, who worked with Dooley in Miami.
Brumbaugh recently accepted a job at Syracuse after spending two years with Dooley at Louisiana Tech. Tennessee linebackers coach Lance Thompson worked with Dooley at LSU and is a strong candidate to remain with the Volunteers.
Possibilities for the Louisiana Tech Head Coaching position include Louisiana Tech Defensive Coordinator Tommy Spangler, Auburn Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn, and Oklahoma State Associate Head Coach Joe DeForest.
Malzahn coached high school football in Arkansas for several years before taking over the offenses at Arkansas, Tulsa, and Auburn.
Spangler spent ten years at Georgia Southern, including five years as defensive coordinator. Spangler helped lead Georgia Southern to two national titles. Before coming to Ruston, Spangler spent ten seasons at Presbyterian College. Spangler was Head Coach at Presbyterian for five years and had a record of 17-6 in his final two seasons.
DeForest is in his ninth season at Oklahoma State. He lettered four years at Southwestern Louisiana (ULL) and also played for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. The Florida native coached at Rice and Duke before arrving at Stillwater.
Both Malzahn and DeForest are two of the top recruiters in college football. Louisiana Tech has to act quickly with signing day less than three weeks away.