So many Tennessee fans were riding on the Derek Dooley bandwagon under the premise that the Vols would finish out the slate of November games in their usual winning fashion. Such a premise would have left the Vols with a disappointing, but somehow mildly palatable record of 7 wins and 5 losses. A minor bowl game would have followed in which a victory might have stoked the fires for a happier 2013 season.
All of that changed on Saturday when Missouri walked out of Neyland Stadium with a 51-48 victory in 4OT’s.
Now, Tennessee fans can HOPE for a 6-6 season and an even more insignificant bowl game, but a good Vanderbilt team, possibly the best ever, will have a lot to say about that next weekend in Nashville.
Either way, Coach Dooley will not be running the Big Orange showcase next season.
The only question that remains is when will this inevitable move be made and who will replace him next season? Will Dooley be allowed to finish out the season as a lame duck, or will there be a press conference tomorrow to appoint Jim Chaney as the interim coach?
The only thing that is crystal clear at this point is that this is the beginning of the end of the short-lived Dooley era. Some of these remaining questions should be resolved within the next day or two.