Duly noted: UT still not saying what Dooley will be paid

Derek Dooley is the new UT football coach, right? But has he really been hired yet?

The UT Athletic Department isn’t saying what Dooley will be paid or what the other terms of his employment are because the agreement hasn’t been finalized. Tiffany Carpenter, the department’s director of public relations, says she hopes to have numbers by late this week but doesn’t know when copies of the memoranda of understanding between UT and the coach or any of his new assistants will be available.

Dooley likely is now the highest paid public official in East Tennessee, if not the entire state. It is hard to imagine any other public agency announcing the multimillion-dollar hiring of an employee without immediately telling how much public money it is spending.

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