Dooley bound to UT

KNOXVILLE - New football coach Derek Dooley and the University of Tennessee have backed their professional marriage with millions of dollars.

Dooley, UT interim president Jan Simek and men's athletic director Mike Hamilton in early March signed a memorandum of understanding that features severe financial penalties if either the coach or administration dissolves their agreement.

PDF: Derek Dooley Memorandum of understanding 2010 PDF: Terry Joseph Memorandum of understanding 2010 PDF: Chuck Smith Memorandum of understanding 2010 PDF: Eric Russell Memorandum of understanding 2010 PDF: Justin Wilcox Memorandum of understanding 2010

The six-year deal - which escalates from $1.8 to $2.3 million in total compensation, before bonuses - includes steep initial contract buyouts on each side.

If Dooley resigns between now and Feb.