The Cowboys are expected to hire Derek Dooley as their new receivers coach. Dooley, the son of Vince Dooley, was fired as the head coach of the University of Tennessee on Nov. 18. He was 15-21 in his three seasons with the Vols, with three consecutive losing seasons. Dooley also previously was head coach at Louisiana Tech, where he went 17-20 in three seasons.
Dooley, 44, replaces Jimmy Robinson, who could remain with the team in another role, possibly as a consultant. Robinson was not seen at the Senior Bowl, and owner Jerry Jones told reporters that if Robinson is "not involved, it's not because of his skills, it's more because of his own personal interest."
Dooley coached with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett while both were with the Dolphins. Dooley was the tight ends coach in 2005-06. It is the only NFL experience Dooley has in a 16-year coaching career that took him from Georgia to SMU to LSU before he went to the Dolphins.
Dooley will be the fourth Cowboys assistant coach with head coaching experience. New defensive line coach Rob Marinelli was the head coach of the Detroit Lions (2006-08), new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was the head coach at North Carolina State (1980-82) and offensive line coach Bill Callahan was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders (2002-03) and the University of Nebraska (2004-07).
Dooley is the fourth new coach the Cowboys have hired, joining Kiffin, Marinelli and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. Dooley is the only new coach with previous ties to Garrett. Kiffin, Marinelli and Bisaccia all worked together previously in Tampa Bay.
The Cowboys still have two positions to fill. Assistant offensive line coach Wes Phillips could take over as tight ends coach, replacing John Garrett, who has left for Tampa Bay, and Sam Gash was interviewed for the running backs job to replace the departed Skip Peete, who now is in Chicago.
-- Charean Williams