FILE - University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley will coach Saturday from the Davis Wade Stadium press box after undergoing surgery on his fractured right hip injury Tuesday afternoon. Photo by: Associated Press
October 9, 2012 9:12:38 PM
STARKVILLE - University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley will coach Saturday from the Davis Wade Stadium press box after undergoing surgery on his fractured right hip injury Tuesday afternoon.
Tennessee officials announced Tuesday Dooley had experienced increasing pain in his right hip over the last two months and the Volunteers coach, who is 14-16 in his third season with the school, underwent an MRI on Friday that showed he had a fracture in the area.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Russell Betcher and Dr. Greg Mathien of the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic at UT Medical Center Tuesday afternoon. The surgery will mean Dooley will not be practice Wednesday in Knoxville, Tenn., and that it's uncertain whether he will be at Thursday's practice before the team travels to Starkville for the game Saturday against Mississippi State University (8 p.m., ESPN2).
The recovery from the surgery will force Dooley to the coaches' booth in the press box Saturday due to obvious limitations in mobility. It is unknown at this time how Tennessee (3-2, 0-2 in Southeastern Conference) will make any changes to the staff plans to accommodate Dooley not being on the sidelines. Saturday will mark the first time Dooley will be in the sidelines as a head coach as Tennessee takes on No. 19 MSU (5-0, 2-0).
According to the media release by the Tennessee athletic department, Dooley is expected to resume normal coaching duties next week, but that decision will be made in consultation with the UT sports medicine staff.
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