Derek Paterno (a.k.a. Derek Dooley) will be coaching from the Coaches Box this Saturday night in Starkville when the Vols take on Mississippi State. Dooley underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured hip on Tuesday, according to a press release by the University of Tennessee. Dooley had been experiencing pain in his hip for the last couple of months. He went for an MRI last week and it was discovered that he had a fracture.
The Paterno reference goes back to the multiple injuries Joe Paterno used to suffer while he was coaching at Penn State. Paterno frequently sat in the Coaches Box during games. Obviously, Dooley is no Joe Paterno. That man actually won some big games. Although, he did have a bad ending to his career. If the Vols don’t win this Saturday, you could see a bad ending to Derek Paterno’s career at Tennessee.
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