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Mark Richt weighs in on Derek Dooley firing

Mark Richt briefly commented on Derek Dooley's dismissal at Tennessee, and was complimentary of his skills and thinks he'll do well in the future.

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt didn't discuss much on Sunday other than the upcoming game against Georgia Tech. However, he did comment on the Tennessee Volunteers firing head coach Derek Dooley, and he was complimentary:

"We all know it’s a very tough business. It’s a tough league. There’s a lot of outstanding coaches that have that happen to them from time to time. I can recall Tony Dungy getting let go at Tampa Bay and ends up Super Bowl champs not too long after that at the Colts. It’s just part of the business. I’m sorry for Derek and his family, Coach Dooley and Miss Dooley, just everyone in the family who’s dealing with. He’s a highly intelligent person and a tremendous coach and I know he’s going to land on his feet and have something great happen in the future. He’s a young guy that’s got a great future."

The Dawgs beat Tennessee 51-44 on Sep. 29th in Athens, Ga. just one of the Vols' seven SEC losses. UT is allowing over 37 points per game, which is good for 114th in the nation in scoring defense. The porous defense and lack of a consistent running game have doomed Dooley's tenure in Knoxville, but he also had to deal with a long string of disciplinary issues that resulted in talented players leaving the team.

The Vols have one game left in their season, and since they are currently 4-7, they cannot go to a bowl. They host Kentucky next Saturday, and need a win to avoid a winless year in the SEC, as well as a second straight loss to Kentucky.

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