Tennessee coach Derek Dooley will see the field in a different way when his Vols face No. 19 Mississippi State this weekend.
Dooley underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured right hip, so that means Dooley will be coaching from the coaches box inside Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday.
It's something Dooley had been dealing with for a while now, and an MRI last Friday revealed that the fracture required immediate surgery.
It'll be interesting to see how this affects Dooley's ability to relay calls to his players. Plenty of head coaches have had to go this route in the past, so it's not like this is something new to the sport, but this is a very important game for Dooley and the Vols, so this team can't afford any sort of communication errors. Tennessee is still looking for its first SEC win of the year and it's no secret that Dooley is on the hot seat in Knoxville.
A win would rejuvenate a team that has quite the October slate, featuring three straight games against ranked opponents, starting Saturday. But a loss could send this team reeling. Dropping the first two SEC games didn't do much to help this team with its confidence, but having a bye week before this game has players a little more focused and ready.
We'll see if not having Dooley on the sideline Saturday makes much of a difference with how the Vols go about things against the Bulldogs.