To the surprise of exactly no one, Derek Dooley's tenure at Tennessee didn't make it to Thanksgiving.
Given the embarrassing 41-18 rout the Volunteers suffered at the hands of Vanderbilt, a lot of Tennessee fans figured he wouldn't make the bus ride home.
Dooley could see it was inevitable. Winless in the SEC and assured of his third straight losing season a first for Tennessee since William Howard Taft was President the desperation on his face as quarterback Tyler Bray threw one miscue after another in Nashville was evident, as was the look of depressed resignation when the Commodores put the game out of hand.
Many Vanderbilt fans hadn't gotten home from their celebration party when the news of Dooley's firing broke.
"Derek and I met early this morning, and I informed him that I believed a change in leadership, despite the positive contributions he has made to the overall health of the program, was in the best long-term interests of Tennessee football," Vols athletic director...