Tennessee football practice without Dooley - Oct. 10, 2012
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley wasn’t at practice this morning, but his presence was still felt.
Special teams coach Charlie Coiner said he received an early morning text from his boss asking about practice preparations. How early?
“You don’t want to know how early it was,” Coiner said.
Dooley, who might also miss Thursday’s practice, will coach from the press box at Mississippi State. The Vols (3-2, 0-2 SEC) play the 19th-ranked Bulldogs (5-0, 2-0) at Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 9 p.m.)
Coaches said there would be no administrative changes and that Dooley would issue directives via headset to coaches on the field.
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said he expects a smooth transition.
“I talked to coach Dooley on headsets before. Now he’ll be sitting beside me,” said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who coaches from the press box.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.