Tennessee coach Derek Dooley underwent hip surgery on Tuesday and will coach his team from the press box on Saturday. (John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley underwent hip surgery Tuesday and will coach from the team from the press box Saturday when his team plays at Mississippi State, reports ESPN.com.
Dooley had noticed the injury several weeks ago, but thought it was a muscular issue. Last Friday, he went in for an MRI, and yesterday doctors quickly arranged the surgery to repair a fracture in his left hip, reports WBIR.com.
Surgeons inserted a pin into Dooley's left hip, according to Volquest.com and that Dooley's only other option was a full hip replacement.
Dooley will not attend Wednesday morning's practice, but intends to be at practice Thursday.
Dooley is in his third season with the Volunteers with an overall record of 14-16, including 3-2 this season. Dooley has won only four of his team's 18 conference games in that stretch.