Tennessee's scramble to find a coach took another turn Friday when Louisiana Tech's Derek Dooley moved to the top of the Volunteer list.
Dooley, 41, has been coach of the Bulldogs since 2007, going 17-20, including one bowl victory. He also serves as the school's athletic director and is son of legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley.
Dooley moved to the top of the Volunteers' list after a deal to bring Duke's David Cutcliffe fell through over the makeup of the staff at Tennessee.
"After much thought and consideration, Karen and I reached the decision that Duke is the place for our family," Cutcliffe said in a statement issued Friday through the school.
Tennessee plans to interview interim coach Kippy Brown before making its decision, which is expected by the weekend.
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser reported that Dooley canceled end-of-the-season meetings with players on Wednesday and left Ruston. He met with Tennessee officials on Wednesday and Thursday.