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Dooley speaks in Tifton

June 24, 2004

Tifton - This time next week, Vince Dooley will no longer be the athletic director at the University of Georgia.

Dooley's 25 year tenure will come to an end in just six days.

The former Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley talked about his 40 years of service to Athens during Thursday's keynote address to the 20th annual Sports Medicine Seminar and Football Clinic in Tifton.

There are indeed fond memories for a man who led Georgia to their only national title in football and has built one of the top athletic departments in the nation.

Thursday's is likely Dooley's last in south Georgia as University of Georgia's athletic director.

Dooley though emphasizing that he is not going away entirely.

He will maintain an office on the Georgia campus where he will easily available to answer any questions his successor may have.

Vince Dooley said "The person that I am passing the torch to in Damon Evans has a great appreciation of that because he was part of it. He also aspires to take it to a higher level, to be even better which we can do."

Coach Dooley says he will not be in Athens on his final day as athletic director.

Dooley will be in Calgary, Alberta on June 30th where Associate Athletic Director and former Sports Information Director Claude Felton will receive the Arch Ward award presented by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The Tifton Sports Medicine Seminar will run through Saturday with a football clinic scheduled for Friday at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

Guest speakers at the football clinic include Georgia assistant coaches Mike Bobo and Neil Callaway and UGAstrength coach Dave Van Halanger, LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher and Presbyterian head coach Tommy Spangler.

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