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Vols' Dooley not in the begging business

If Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox does indeed land the Texas defensive coordinator's job, don't look for Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to beg him to stay.

Dooley said Monday he's not in the business of begging any assistants to stay, certainly not at Tennessee.

Wilcox has emerged as one of the top targets to replace Will Muschamp at Texas, but Dooley said Monday that nobody on his staff has been offered any jobs and he's not anticipating losing anybody.

"To my knowledge, (Wilcox) has never been offered a job at Texas, and he's not going to be named within 48 hours," Dooley said. "So, if he does, then you know what we're going to do? We're going to get a defensive coordinator and then we're going to go play the bowl game. I'm not worried about it."

Dooley pointed out that every year there's going to be chatter about certain coaches coming and going and he's not going to address every rumored or possible move.

That said, if somebody on his staff wants to leave, Dooley isn't going to stand in their way.

"I'm not going to beg a guy to stay, because I got thousands of 'em right behind him waiting for their job," Dooley said. "And we don't depend on an assistant coach, just like one player doesn't make a program. We have a staff. We have an organization. I believe this is a phenomenal job, and I believe our coaches are happy. It's a great job. They're well compensated. We've got some good talent here, and we've got a chance to do some special things.

"I'm losing sleep over North Carolina, not our coaches."