Samford coach Pat Sullivan will not travel with team to TCU

Samford head coach Pat Sullivan. (

Samford football coach Pat Sullivan will miss Saturday's season opener against TCU.

The school announced that Sullivan has been advised against traveling by doctors while he recovers from offseason surgery.

"Unfortunately I will not be able to make the trip with my Samford team this weekend for our game against TCU," Sullivan said in a statement released through the school. "My doctors have advised me not to travel at this time due to a complication from a surgery earlier this year. We have an incredible coaching staff that has done a great job preparing our team for the season opener. I have full confidence that our coaches and student-athletes will make the Samford family proud on Saturday."{} Sullivan missed the first three games of the 2013 season while recovering from back surgery. Assistant Head Coach and defensive coordinator Bill D'Ottavio coached the team in Sullivan's absence last season, and will do so again against the Horned Frogs.Saturday's opener was set to be a homecoming for Sullivan, who was the head coach at TCU from 1992 to 1997. Sullivan said in his statement that he plans to be on the sideline for Samford's home opener against Stillman on Sept. 11.The Bulldogs season opener against TCU is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.