Dooley: 'There is some good news' in NCAA letter

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley responded Wednesday to the NCAA Letter of Allegations which arrived in Knoxville Tuesday night and was released Wednesday morning.

"I hate to say the word good news." Dooley said at a Boy Scouts of America event in Columbia, Tenn. "But there is some good news in that most of the things that came out as it relates to football were historically secondary by nature."

The NCAA charged former Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin with several major violations; it did not, however, charge the Tennessee athletic department for failure to monitor, contrary to initial speculation.

"We don't expect it to impact our program in a negative way," Dooley said. "I think the good news is that we're about to get some closure on the issue, and that's the most important thing.

"Once you get the notice of allegations, you know exactly what the issues are. The good news for us is even though any issue is disappointing they are certainly manageable and hopefully won't have a negative impact on our program from here on.

"I think there's a real sense of relief in the football program because we do see a light at the end of the tunnel. We don't expect -- at least from precedent -- anything that's going to be able to harm us in the future."

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