Who plays on turf?
Dooley, speaking Friday at the Knoxville Orthopedic Kickoff Classic Lunchion, hinted at the possibility of replacing Neyland Stadium's grass with a synthetic surface in the near future.
After wishing the audience good luck with the high-school jamboree that's being held Aug. 13 at Neyland Stadium - which had an artificial surface from 1968-93 - Dooley joked that he didn't want the field to be torn up too much.
He then said he hoped to install "field turf" in the near future to open the possibility of giving players at the high-school level and lower the opportunity to play inside Neyland Stadium.
Hamilton, men's athletic director, responded in a text message that there are no plans in the works to get rid of the grass.
"I'm a traditionalist,'' Hamilton texted, "I think we have one of the best fields in football and the grass has been replaced in the last couple of years.
"(But) we don't have enough practice space and we'll keep discussing options for that.''
Hamilton also said the synthetic turf on the indoor practice field in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex will be replaced in the next 12 months.
Tennessee installed an artificial surface at Neyland Stadium in 1968. It was known as "Doug's Rug" because Doug Dickey was the head coach who advocated the switch.
UT was prepared to return to natural grass if the stadium was selected as a venue for the 1994 World Cup, but that did not happen.
Grass returned for the 1994 season.
Dooley's reference Friday could have been to FieldTurf, one of several synthetic playing surfaces on the market. FieldTurf is a popular surface at schools in the north and midwest.
According to FieldTurf's Web page, six Big Ten schools play games on FieldTurf. Michigan switched from grass to FieldTurf in 2003 and Ohio State followed suit in 2007.
Ole Miss last fall became the first SEC school to play on FieldTurf. Vaught-Hemingway Stadium switched to the surface after using AstroPlay for a number of years.
The only other SEC stadium with a synthetic surface is Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark. It uses Sportexe Powerblade, the same surface as the Louisiana Superdome and the Baltimore Ravens' stadium.
Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium uses a natural-grass system known as Prescription Athletic Turf.
More details as they develop online and in Saturday's News Sentinel.