Athens — In his final football season as Georgia’s athletics director, Vince Dooley has been honored by some of the Bulldogs’ fiercest rivals — Florida, LSU, Auburn and Tennessee. But Dooley won’t be recognized Saturday in the stadium he made famous — at least not in any official way.
Dooley, who will retire in June after 40 years at UGA, has asked that the university plan no ceremonies to recognize him at the game against Kentucky — his last home game as AD in Sanford Stadium.
“I’m still the athletics director here, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be recognized,” said Dooley, 71, who was also the school’s football coach for 25 years, winning six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship.
Georgia fans, however, may not honor his request. An Internet campaign is encouraging fans to wear black shirts — rather than the traditional red — in honor of Dooley.
Gotta admit, this will be a first… not wearing red to Sanford on Saturday. They’ll always be known as Dooley’s Dawgs.