Driving back to the office from lunch with my girls, I saw that the new Vince Dooley statue is now on its pedestal on the southwest corner of the UGA campus. It’s wrapped in plastic wrap and covered with a tarp awaiting the unveiling ceremony this Saturday before the UGA v. Ga. Tech football game.
Too many students of this generation don’t even know who Vince Dooley is. He’s the winningest football coach in UGA history and brought us our last national championship in 1980 (+ six SEC titles). He was old-school in the sense that he relied heavily on a tough defense and a solid running game on offense. There was no fancy passing attack in his play book. In the game that won the national championship, the Sugar Bowl matchup against Notre Dame, UGA quarterback Buck Belue completed only one pass.
And Dooley was famous for building up the opposing team well before Lou Holtz mastered that tactic. Dooley always found something to worry about when facing even the lowliest underdog.
The statue and the naming of the entire athletic complex for Coach Dooley are fitting honors for a UGA legend.
I snapped these pictures with my iPhone: