KNOXVILLE - The rumor first appeared on the website "mrsec.com" late in the weekend. According to anonymous sources -- who else? - University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley offered to resign after last year's season-ending loss at Kentucky if athletic director Dave Hart would hand him his $5 million buyout.
Confronted with the story during his weekly news conference Monday, Dooley labeled it "absurd."
He later added, "I'd have to be a dumb [rear end] to do that."
Sad but true, this is where we are. Unnamed sources. Unsubstantiated rumors. Unrelenting speculation. Unending stress and strain on Big Orange players, coaches and Hart. The escalated unraveling of a once proud program.
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