Video: Derek Dooley Slaps La. Tech Player In Head

UPDATE: The KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports Derek Dooley has been hired by Tennessee as head football coach.

Though ESPN is reporting that Kevin Sumlin is still “in the mix” for the job, the KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL reports “Derek Dooley will reportedly be named Tennessee’s next head coach even though the Vols still have one interview left to conduct.”

Louisiana Tech Coach Derek Dooley Strikes Player In Head

I’m guessings Chuck Neinas and Mike Hamilton were probably not among the 37,143 who screened this video of Dooley striking a Louisiana Tech player in the head during a 2007 game vs. Cal before reportedly making the decision to hire Dooley as Tennessee’s new coach.

So why Dooley, if he is indeed the guy? A source tells me he’s the first decent candidate Hamilton interviewed who agreed to take on the six assistants UT contractually owes $3M to. Dooley will only hire four of his own assistants.