RUSTON, La. -- Derek Dooley, son of longtime Georgia
football coach Vince Dooley, was hired as head coach by Louisiana
Tech on Monday.
Dooley has been an assistant coach for the Miami Dolphins the
past two years.
"From the very first time I met Derek Dooley when we went to
Miami, I was super impressed," Louisiana Tech president Dan Reneau
said. "He knows coaching from one end to the other. It's a new day
for Louisiana Tech, and Derek Dooley is the man we need to lead us
into this era of success."
Dooley replaces Jack Bicknell, who was fired Dec. 4 after the
Bulldogs finished 3-10, 1-7 in the WAC. Bicknell had a 42-53 record
in eight seasons at the school.
Dooley, who will continue his responsibilities as the Dolphins
tight ends coach through the end of the season, is very familiar
with the college and high school football in the south after
serving as an assistant at LSU under Nick Saban for five years. He
was also wide receivers coach at SMU from 1997-99.
Tech athletic director Jim Oakes said Dooley will sign a
five-year contract in the range of $400,000 per year.