Dooley has hip surgery, will coach Saturday's game from the coaches' booth

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/release) -- Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley had surgery Tuesday afternoon to repair a fractured right hip, the university said in a release sent Tuesday night.

Dooley will not be on the sidelines for the Vols' game Saturday night against 19th ranked Mississippi State.

Instead, Dooley will coach the game from the booth.

University spokesman Jimmy Stanton said it's not known yet if Dooley will be back on the sidelines for the Vols' Oct. 20 home game against Alabama.

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.

Dooley is expected to resume normal coaching duties next week.

The last time a Vols' coach wasn't on the sideline for a game was the 1992 Tennessee-Cincinnati game. Then-head coach Johnny Majors coached that game from the box, as Majors was dealing with heart concerns at the time.

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