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Dooley ‘honor’ a disgrace
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leave it to Michael Adams to find a way to make honoring Vince Dooley a backhanded slap in the face.
Dooley supporters (me included) have called in recent years for the retired coach/athletics director’s name to somehow be attached to Sanford Stadium or its field, the site where he made his legend.
There’s also been a movement to locate a statue of Dooley outside the stadium.
Adams, of course, was having none of it.
But the man booed at the Sugar Bowl just about as lustily as the unbeloved mayor of New Orleans is a politician, after all, and he recognizes that it’s not in his best interests to completely ignore Dooley’s legacy.
So now the athletic association (which, let’s face it, doesn’t do anything these days without Adams’ OK) has come up with a plan to establish a “Vince Dooley Athletic Complex” on south campus and stick the statue in a little parklike setting way up Lumpkin Street. Sure, it’s near the Butts-Mehrer building, but it’s about a 20-minute walk from the stadium.
I bet there was a smirk on Adams’ face when they came up with this one. On the surface, they’re “honoring” Dooley. But at the same time it’s one more opportunity for Adams to put Dooley in his place … far away from Sanford Stadium and the main UGA athletic spotlight.
What a sorry episode. This isn’t the way to pay tribute to a man who’s devoted most of his life to UGA and served it proudly.
Dooley should be honored where his teams played and won championships. Period.