Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley had surgery Tuesday to correct a fractured hip and will coach Saturday's game at 19th-ranked Mississippi State from the press box, UT officials confirmed Tuesday night.
Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley speaks with Georgia State coach Bill Curry.
UT sports information sent the following press release.
DEREK DOOLEY UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL HIP SURGERY
University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley underwent a successful surgical procedure to repair a fractured right hip injury Tuesday afternoon. The procedure was performed by Dr. Russell Betcher and Dr. Greg Mathien of the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic at UT Medical Center.
Over the last two months, Dooley experienced increasing pain in the right hip area. The procedure was scheduled Monday following an MRI Friday afternoon that revealed a fracture requiring an immediate need for surgery.
Because of temporary limited mobility caused by recovery from the surgery, Dooley will coach from the coaches’ booth in the press box at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday. He is expected to resume normal coaching duties next week, but that decision will be made in consultation with Dr. Betcher, Dr. Mathien, and the UT sports medicine staff.
The Vols’ game at Mississippi State Saturday evening (October 13) will kickoff at 9 p.m. EST and will be televised by ESPN2.