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Vols' Slump Could Put Dooley's Future In Question

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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) 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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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