Dooley has hip surgery; will coach from booth on Saturday

Dooley has hip surgery; will coach from booth on Saturday

Derek Dooley (source: University of Tennessee) Derek Dooley (source: University of Tennessee)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a fractured right hip.

UT officials said that 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 that required immediate surgery.

Dr. Russell Betcher and Dr. Greg Mathien of the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic at UT Medical Center performed the surgery.

Because Dooley will have limited mobility while he recovers from the surgery, he will coach from the coaches' booth in the press box at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday for Tennessee's game against Mississippi State.

He is expected to resume normal coaching duties next week as soon as he is approved to do so by his team of doctors.

The Vols' game at Mississippi State Saturday evening will kickoff at 9:00 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2.

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