“He’s been very gracious and very supportive, and I’m appreciative of that,” Dooley said. “I know what he’s going through isn’t easy. Hey, any time you’ve been at a place a long time like him and had the success that he’s had and it doesn’t end the way you want it to end, it’s hard and hard emotionally. I understand that.
“I’m not getting in the middle of what happened, but I do understand he has a lot of pain over it. I’m also appreciative that he’s supportive of me and what we’re trying to do here. It’s obvious that he loves Tennessee and always will.”