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August 2, 2012As Derek Dooley's third pre-season camp is set to open Friday afternoon, the head coach has an opening on his staff. The opening is not an on the field coach, but it's off the field with Dooley's Vol For Life program.
Former Vol Andre Lott was hired in June of 2010 to oversee Dooley's program. Lott is no longer a part of the football program after being relieved of his duties in the last week or so by Dooley.
Lott was at the Habitat for Humanity home dedication 10 days ago where the team dedicated the home they helped build this summer to the owner.
Tennessee has not issued a statement on Lott's departure. Dooley is set to meet with the media tonight at 6:15pm to kickoff fall camp as the Vols will have their first practice Friday afternoon.
It's expected that Dooley will continue the Vol For Life program, but no word yet on who he might hire. Former Vol Terry Brown was a candidate for the position when Dooley hired Lott just over two years ago.
Dooley and the football program have added another intern to their program and it's an intern with experience in kicking the football. Former Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff has joined the Vol program. On his Linkedin profile, Mehlhaff lists himself as a specialists coach at the University of Tennessee. Mehlhaff has been running a company doing kicking camps around the country and he has been working college camps including Tennessee's kicking camp last June.
Mehlhaff's official title is administrative intern for special teams.