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Coaching search overshadows Vols' final game

Published On: Nov 19 2012 10:07:04 PM CST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart realizes the challenges involved in rejuvenating the Volunteers' football program.
 
The Volunteers are assured of their third consecutive losing season and second straight year without a bowl bid. Tennessee had a $3.98 million budget defiicit in the 2011-12 fiscal year. The Vols are on probation until August 2015.
 
Still, Hart believes he can find a quality candidate willing to take on those obstacles. Hart is seeking a replacement for Derek Dooley, who was fired Sunday.
 
As Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) gets ready to finish its season Saturday against Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) in a game that pits an interim head coach (Vols offensive coordinator Jim Chaney) against a lame-duck coach (Kentucky's Joker Phillips), Hart is beginning his quest to find Dooley's permanent successor.