KNOXVILLE – Wondering what Derek Dooley has been up to since being dismissed as the head coach of Tennessee’s football team in November?
He’s been dabbling in the media with multiple guest appearances on ESPN networks and he’s now set for his biggest role – guest analyst during ESPNU’s coverage of National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
Dooley will join former Auburn coach Gene Chizik, along with multiple ESPN on-air personalities, to break down one of the biggest days of the year in college football
“[Dooley and Chizik] bring insight into their experiences with the day last year and first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to recruit in a conference that has nine schools ranked in the Top 20 class rankings,” ESPN said via a release on Thursday.
Dooley will help the network provide 10 hours of coverage that will begin at 9 a.m. ET. He will be mostly seen on ESPNU, but other ESPN platforms will also show portions of the coverage throughout the day.
“Signing Day…A player’s last chance to play the coaches…Not losing sleep that I will be in studio on this day,” Dooley said via Twitter (@DerekDooley) on Thursday.
Tennessee averaged a ranking of 13th nationally in recruiting (per Rivals.com rankings) in Dooley’s three years in Knoxville. The ranking did fall each season, though, starting with nine in 2010, 13 in 2011 and 17 in 2012.
Of the 18 current commitments in Tennessee’s 2013 class, 11 of them committed to Dooley’s staff before he was fired on Nov. 18.