It’s not a secret that there is a lot of pressure on Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley to close the 2012 season in impressive fashion. After a 44-13 loss to Alabama on Saturday, Tennessee is 3-4 overall and 0-4 in SEC play. Dooley is 14-18 (4-14 in the SEC) in two and a half seasons as the head coach of the Volunteers.

This morning a report surfaced that Dooley offered to resign following Tennessee’s loss to Kentucky last season. According to the report, Dooley offered his resignation with the condition that Tennessee honor his $5 million buyout. From our staffs knowledge of Dooley, we were highly skeptical of this report.

Dooley vehemently denied the report at his Monday press conference. 

“That’s absurd,” Dooley said on Monday. “I’d be a real dumbass to do something like that.”

“I’m not upset that people are angry and screaming at the coach,” Dooley continued. “You haven’t been in this business if you don’t expect otherwise. That’s the way it is.”

Watch Dooley talk about this below. He even throws in a good story about his high school coach to boot. (Video courtesy Knoxville News-Sentinel)

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National columnist - Zach joined the staff in 2012...and has been attempting to improve Doug and Scott's writing ability ever since (to little avail). Outside of football season, you can find him watching the San Antonio Spurs reading Game of Thrones fan theories.