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This Day in Georgia History

November 29, 2008

Vince Dooley Statue Dedicated

In ceremonies attended by Gov. Sonny Perdue, University of Georgia officials, and prominent Bulldog fans, a statue of former UGA football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley was dedicated on campus adjacent to the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. The statue shows Dooley lifted on the shoulders of two football players in recognition of the Bulldogs’ 1980 national championship. Surrounding the statue is a landscaped area known as the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex containing stone walls and metal plaques that tell the story of Coach Dooley’s significant achievements during his long career at the University of Georgia. One of those plaques states:

VINCENT J. DOOLEY

The University of Georgia Head Football Coach 1964-88

During his 25 years as head coach, Vince Dooley brought the Georgia Bulldogs to the forefront of the college football national stage. A national championship in 1980, six Southeastern Conference titles, 201 victories, and invitations of 20 bowl games highlighted his brilliant career. Dooley’s achievements in, and contributions to, the coaching profession are defined by his election in 1994 to the College Football Hall of Fame. He is credited with introducing Georgia’s famous “Power G” logo, bringing back the “silver britches,” starting the tradition of fans wearing the color red, and increasing the number of home games played in Sanford Stadium. He also instilled a focus on academics as 13 of his players earned prestigious post-graduate scholarships, 11 earned Academic All-America honors, and 78 were named Academic All-SEC. With all the achievements, his greatest pride was still a supportive family: wife Barbara and children Deanna, Daniel, Denise, and Derek.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson