KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Derek Dooley is recovering from surgery on his fractured right hip and will coach from the press box Saturday at No. 19 Mississippi State.
The school announced Tuesday that Dooley had experienced increasing pain in his right hip over the past two months. The coach underwent an MRI on Friday that showed he had a fracture.
Dooley will coach from the press box Saturday, but will consult his doctors and the Tennessee sports medicine staff before deciding whether to return to the sideline next week.
Learning fast at Kentucky
Kentucky’s freshmen are experiencing an extended orientation as the Wildcats battle through what has been an injury-plagued season.
Injuries have forced the Wildcats to play 26 freshmen so far. Kentucky has played 14 true freshmen, that ranks in the top five nationally.
TCU quarterback to rehab
Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the rest of the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility. The junior was arrested five days ago on suspicion of drunken driving.
Iowa cornerback and former captain Micah Hyde says he made a stupid mistake after being arrested in Iowa City last weekend.
Hyde apologized to his family, coaches and teammates in his first public comments since being booked on suspicion of public intoxication and interference with official acts early last Saturday.
Connecticut running back Lyle McCombs has publically apologized for his arrest last week on a breach of peace charge, saying it created a distraction that hurt the Huskies in their 19-3 loss to Rutgers.
The team suspended him for the first quarter of the Rutgers game, and said he will start Saturday.
NCAA bans Texas Southern
The NCAA banned the Texas Southern football and men’s basketball teams from the postseason, saying it came close to levying the so-called “death penalty” against the school for repeated rules violations and for lying about imposing sanctions on its own.