June 30, 2004
An era comes to a close at the University of Georgia today. After 40 years of service as head football coach and athletic director, Vince Dooley will officially step down from the latter position after today.
As we told you last week, Dooley was planning to spend his last day on the job in Canada where Georgia's Claude Felton is being presented the Arch Wade award by the College Sports Information Director. Tomorrow Damon Evans will officially take over the reins of the Georgia athletic program and Vince Dooley knows Evans takes an athletic program that finished fifth in the athletic director's cup standings.
For all the good in the Georgia athletic program over the last four decades, Vince Dooley weathered the bad from the Jan Kemp trial to the pending NCAA case with the men's basketball team.
"But I am proud to say that we have addressed each and every one of those bumps that we have gone through the proper way with the attitude that it has helped to make our program better," Dooley said.
Vince Dooley was hired as Georgia's head football coach in December of 1963. He retired after the 1988 season. He became athletic director in 1979.
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