Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley has been experiencing pain for the past couple of months but has stayed strong for his team and had let know one know of his discomfort. Dooley recently went to get his hip — the source of the pain — checked out and it was discovered that he had a fractured hip when undergoing a MRI.
Dooley underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair the fracture in his hip. The surgery took place at the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic at UT Medical Center. There is no word on how the fracture occurred.
Tennessee athletic department spokesman Jimmy Stanton said that Dooley will not be present for the team’s Wednesday practice but, despite the surgery, Dooley plans on coaching the Vols as they take the field this weekend against the undefeated Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Dooley will coach the team from the press box.
Following this weekend’s game, Dooley will consult with doctors and the team’s medical staff for further evaluation. He hopes to return to normal coaching duties next week.