The Naming of Vince Dooley Field Long Overdue at UGA

The man who helped lead Georgia to its last national championship in football will be accorded a very fitting honor this fall.

Georgia announced Thursday that, pending board approval, the football field at Sanford Stadium will be named in honor of coaching great Vince Dooley. An official ceremony to dedicate Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium will take place September 7 of this year, prior to UGA’s 2019 home opener against FCS Murray State.

That ceremony will take place three days after Dooley celebrates his 87th birthday.

Dooley was the head coach of the Bulldogs from 1964-88, compiling a school-record 201 wins in that span. He also won six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship.

 
UGA HEAD FOOTBALL COACH KIRBY SMART
“I am pleased that we will have an opportunity to recognize Coach Dooley as we launch the next football season. We will use this exciting development to galvanize private support around our capital fundraising efforts to expand Butts-Mehre for our football program.”

UGA LEGEND HERSCHEL WALKER
“It’s a great day for the University of Georgia and its football program. Coach Dooley was such a great mentor to me during my career at Georgia and beyond. Congratulations to Coach on this well-deserved honor.”

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