Vols’ Slump Could Put Dooley’s Future In Question

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leaves the field after an NCAA college football game against Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, in Knoxville, Tenn. Alabama won 44-13. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is making an impressive recovery from a fractured right hip. His team might have to make an equally remarkable comeback to assure that he keeps his job.

The Volunteers’ 44-13 loss to top-ranked Alabama on Saturday continued Tennessee’s run of misery against ranked foes and Southeastern Conference opponents during Dooley’s three-year tenure.

Tennessee has lost 11 of its last 12 SEC games and has gone 0-14 against the Top 25 under Dooley, who coached from the sidelines Saturday after his injury forced him to work from the press box at Mississippi State a week earlier.

The Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) have dropped three straight games and four of their last five. Tennessee must pull an upset Saturday at South Carolina to avoid a winless October.

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