Vince Dooley, legendary Georgia football coach, passes away

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One of the greatest coaches in college football history has passed away. Legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley died peacefully at his home surrounded by family at the age of 90, the University of Georgia announced in an official statement.

The winningest coach in program history amassed a 201-77-10 record while at the helm from 1964 to 1988, winning six SEC titles, as well as the 1980 National Championship. Dooley also spent 25 years as the school’s athletic director from 1979 to 2004, hiring many successful coaches in that period.

Dooley’s best Georgia teams came during the early 80s with Heschel Walker as the star. In 1980, the Dawgs went 12-0 en route to winning the National Championship. From 1980 to 1983, Georgia posted a record of 43-4-1, the best four-year stretch in program history. Of course, the Dawgs have won a National Championship since then in 2021, and Dooley was there to witness and relish in the moment with Kirby Smart.

He’s a legend around these parts, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. The school even renamed the field at Sanford Stadium after the man. Vince Dooley is survived by his wife and three children. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Photographer: Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire

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