Tennessee coach Derek Dooley had surgery on a fractured right hip on Tuesday, and will coach the Vols from the coaches booth in the press box in Saturday's game at Mississippi State, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Dooley was scheduled to miss the Vols practices Wednesday and Thursday. He hopes to resume his normal coaching duties and schedule next week, but that must be approved by doctors. Dooley revealed the hip injury at practice Tuesday, although it has been bothering him for several months. An MRI performed on Friday revealed a fracture that required surgery. Neither Dooley nor the school has said who will direct practices on Wednesday or Thursday or who would be the team's on-the-field coaching presence on Saturday. --First-year Washington State coach Mike Leach was critical of his seniors, saying at a news conference earlier this week that some had "an empty-corpse quality." "Some of (the seniors) have been great, and some of them have been very poor," Leach said Monday. "Some of them have had kind of this zombielike, go through the motions, everything is like how it's always been, that's how it'll always be. Some of them quite honestly have an empty-corpse quality. That's not pleasant to say or pleasant to think about, but that's a fact." The Cougars are 2-4 heading into Saturday's home game against Cal. ---After saying on Monday that Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion would be out indefinitely, Beavers coach Mike Riley said on Tuesday that Mannio's status is week-to-week. Mannion has a meniscus damage in his left knee and will require surgery. He will miss Saturday's game against BYU, but his status after that is uncertain. Junior Cody Vaz will be the Beavers' starter against BYU. --- The NCAA Committee on Infractions said in a release Wednesday it was standing by the nine-scholarship penalty against Boise State, which will forfeit scholarships from 2011, this year and next year. The NCAA's Division I Infractions Appeals Committee earlier had requested that the Committee on Infractions reconsider the punishment, calling it "excessive," but it came back with the same decision.
By The Sports Xchange October 10, 2012 6:50 PM