Note: Tele-buddy Terry Morrow is reporting from the Television Critics Association meetings in Beverly Hills.
BEVERLY HILLS — Heard of "hair acting"? Well, Vols football head coach Derek Dooley may be doing some hair coaching.
During a party here to promote his new reality series "Stars Earn Stripes," Nick Lachey and I talked of SEC football and basketball.
He has a theory about the coaching abilities of Dooley. "Something tells me you guys will do all right (during football season). I like your coach," Lachey said.
"The fact his hair doesn't move is the sign of a strong coach. Jimmy Johnson? You ever see him? His hair never moves.
"My hair doesn't move, but I can't coach football. I am the exception to the rule," he said with a laugh.
While on the subject of University of Tennessee athletics, Lachey said he finds Pat Summitt to be an inspiration.
"She really redefined women's basketball, for me at least," Lachey said.
"She made it really relevant and brought it to the forefront.
"There's a reason why the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is in Knoxville, and it's because of Pat Summitt and what she has meant to that game."
Lachey, a member of the recently reunited 98 Degrees, is a fan of the SEC and has kept up with Summitt's career over the years.
"It's a shame that (her career) has come to an abrupt end," he said.
"Sports, in general, has come to respect her for what she has done for her sport."
He says Summitt has always been an inspiration on the court. But, now, with her diagnosis of early Alzheimer's disease, the former Lady Vols coach is even more of one.
"The bravery and courage she has shown is an inspiration," Lachey said. "I have an enormous amount of respect for Coach Summitt and what she has done."
Lachey can be seen in "Stars Earn Stripes," starting Aug. 13 on NBC. He has also reunited with boy band 98 Degrees and is auditioning to co-host permanently "Live With Kelly" with Kelly Ripa.
A Bearden native is now revealing she's part of the upcoming "Iron Man" movie, now in production.
"I'm filming now," Dale Dickey, a native of Bearden and a University of Tennessee graduate, said. "That's it. They asked my agent not to put anything in the trades when I was cast over a month ago, so they are trying to keep as much mystery as possible."
The Marvel Comics superhero's third movie is due out in 2013. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Don Cheadle will be back, too, as Jim Rhoades, also known as the Iron Patriot.
Dickey can currently be seen as Martha Bozeman on HBO's "True Blood." In 2011, she won an Independent Spirit Award for her role in "Winter's Bone," which in the running for Best Movie at the Academy Awards in 2011.
In Knoxville, Dickey can be seen at the Clarence Brown Theatre's production of "Sweeney Todd."
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com. Follow him on Facebook or@Telebuddy on Twitter.
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