Fan talk: Is it finally time to honor Vince Dooley at Sanford Stadium?

A statue far away from Sanford Stadium isn't sufficient honor for Vince Dooley at UGA. (University of Georgia)

A statue far away from Sanford Stadium isn't sufficient honor for Vince Dooley at UGA. (University of Georgia)

Let’s get straight to some Junkyard Mail …

CobbhamDawg writes: Bill, now that Michael Adams is finally leaving UGA’s presidency, don’t you think it’s high time the university finally honored Vince Dooley properly by adding his name to Sanford Stadium?

What, you don’t think naming the southwest portion of the athletic complex after him and putting up a statue in an inconspicuous location that’s a 20-minute walk from the stadium is enough? Well, you’re right. It’s not. As I wrote back in 2008 when the plan was first announced, that “honor” for Coach Dooley was just one more opportunity for Adams to put Dooley in his place … which the president saw as far away from Sanford Stadium and the main UGA athletic spotlight. That’s not the way the university ought 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.

Dan Magill, the greatest living Bulldog, wrote way back in 2001 that Dooley “has rendered yeoman service to the University of Georgia. … His football teams won six SEC crowns, including the national title in 1980. He is past president of the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors, past president American Football Coaches Association, past chairman NCAA Football Rules Committee, and a member of the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame. … it is fitting that the University of Georgia signally honor him by re-naming the football arena Sanford-Dooley Stadium. It was done for Bear Bryant at Alabama (Bryant-Denny Stadium) and for Ralph Jordan at Auburn (Jordan-Hare Stadium).”

When that idea was brought up in 2008, Adams scoffed at such “hyphenated names,” and relatives of onetime UGA President Steadman V. Sanford, whose name is already on the stadium, previously told the AJC they didn’t want the Sanford name diminished by adding another. But Magill, who knew Sanford in his youth, said, “I do think that Dr. Sanford would be proud to have Vince Dooley’s name alongside his at Georgia’s football stadium.”

However, even if the university prefers to grant the Sanford family their wish for exclusivity, there’s still a way to honor Dooley at the stadium: By calling it Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. There’s even a Facebook page that promotes that idea. Its motto: “A statue is nice, but we want the whole damn field!”

I’d be fine with either Sanford-Dooley Stadium (has a nicer ring than Dooley-Sanford) or Vince Dooley Field. But whichever it is, now that Adams is leaving and the petty feud he had with Dooley is no longer a factor, UGA should do right by Dooley.

Jacksonville officials say seating capacity for the Georgia-Florida game will remain unchanged. (AJC file)

Jacksonville officials say seating capacity for the Georgia-Florida game will remain unchanged. (AJC file)

Gerry from Macon writes: Bill, I read this week where they’re going to remove 7,000 seats from north end zone of EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Even though they said they could add temporary seats for high-capacity events, which I assume would include the annual Georgia-Florida Cocktail Party, I’m wondering if this is likely to result in the game moving to the home stadiums after the contract is up. It’s tough enough to get a ticket!

Despite the loss of 7,000 seats to add giant video screens to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ stadium, UGA athletic director Greg McGarity told the Athens Banner-Herald this week that he’s been assured by stadium officials that the seating capacity for the Georgia-Florida game will not be diminished. Georgia and Florida each get 41,000 tickets for the game, which is under contract through the end of the 2016 season. “That was made very, very clear in our conversation,” McGarity said. “The capacity would remain the same. There would be no reduction in seating capacity.”

So, no, the seating situation probably won’t be enough to shift the game to Athens and Gainesville. What might be the deciding factor in eventually moving the game to the two campuses, however, is the likely switch to a nine-game SEC schedule, which in alternating years would leave Georgia and Florida shy a valuable conference home game because of the deal with Jacksonville.

Travis Hill writes: Hi again Bill, Another year … another season … same old questions, I feel like. The defense … major questions in the secondary … we still haven’t stopped the run … it’s going to be interesting. I think we are OK at punter. Marshall Morgan is still a question mark with the kicking game. I hope Richt has learned a little bit since the Vikings turned Blair Walsh completely around … special teams is crucial in winning close games in the SEC. I think the offense should be stellar but, of course, we thought that last year about the defense … Lots of positives to look forward to … but lots of questions, too.

I can’t argue with anything you said there, Travis. On defense, I am encouraged by all the young talent Todd Grantham has to work with, some of whom look like potential stars (and obviously those analysts ranking Georgia as a preseason Top 10 team are similarly impressed). But Georgia’s young defenders are going to start out the season awfully inexperienced and with a baptism by fire going up against Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers. I think the secondary will wind up being really good, but how quickly that happens is the big unknown. The offense, on paper, should be one of the nation’s best, but as you point out, that’s what everyone was saying last year about the defense. Still, I doubt we’re going to see Mike Bobo’s troops underperforming like that, with Aaron Murray behind center, a lot of talent like Malcolm Mitchell in the receiving corps, and Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall in the backfield. Yeah, the unsettled nature of the offensive line gives me pause, but if they can just manage to be as good as they were last season, I think that’d be enough, and the odds are they’ll be at least somewhat improved. You’re exactly right about special teams play and the kicking game, and that’s probably the area I feel the most uneasy about. Like you said, lots of questions, but lots of positives.

Matthew Cafaro writes: It is beyond frustrating to me as a fan of ALL Dawg sports to see McGarity’s continued loyalty to Mark Fox. … No matter how good a coach he is, and we know he is, [Fox] simply cannot recruit. He’s a horrible recruiter. He can’t close. And McGarity should know, after watching Foley hire Pitino’s ace closer, that the way to wake up a “sleeping giant” program is to hire a great recruiter like Donovan and have him bring in talent to build your program. Recruiting first. Coaching second. Georgia is the 5th best state at producing NBA talent. Mark Fox should be able to trip and find SOME talent willing to go to UGA without trying. Or he should have the ability to convince some to do so. But he doesn’t, or can’t, and UGA’s basketball program continues to die because he’s bad at recruiting. WHY does McGarity stay loyal to a coach he should know can’t win? Did McGarity refuse to learn from the best AD in the SEC? It sure seems so … UF targeted a great recruiter as their coach and woke up their dormant basketball program and won 2 titles. UGA SHOULD be able to do the same. I’m tired of the excuses. UF’s program was no better than ours, if not worse. Their AD just knew the right way to fix it, while our AD seemingly had his head in the sand during his time at UF. UGA will continue to lose as long as Fox is our coach. Can’t recruit = can’t win. That’s the harsh fact of college basketball.

As we’ve discussed here before, Matt, I agree that recruiting (or, rather, the lack thereof) is likely to make or break Fox’s tenure in Athens. Aside from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Fox has pretty much failed to land the sort of major talent needed to turn the program around. As I’ve said, I think Fox is a good x’s and o’s coach and he takes care of his players and they improve under his tutelage. But he is the coach of a major conference program located just over an hour from the basketball talent hotbed of metro Atlanta. If he’s going to be around in Athens more than another year or two, he’s going to have to start signing some of that talent. If he doesn’t show progress on that front soon, I imagine McGarity will make the same sort of decision he recently made about UGA’s baseball program.

Grant Morris writes: Bill! You don’t know how many years I’ve been reading you, but let’s put it this way: I started out as a teenager reading your Quick Cuts rock music column in the old Weekend Saturday paper and now I’m a grandfather reading your blogs about our beloved Dawgs! I hope you don’t mind me taking things off-topic just a bit, but I really enjoyed the article you did a few months back on all the concerts that took place over the past 50 years at Stegeman Coliseum and that got me to wondering what are the most memorable concerts you’ve ever seen anywhere, not just at UGA. I remember when you used to do all the concert reviews in the Constitution, so I bet you’ve seen a lot of shows. Which ones rank as the all-time best?

Paul McCartney and Wings in Atlanta in 1976. (MPL/Concord Music)

Paul McCartney and Wings in Atlanta in 1976. (MPL/Concord Music)

Wow, Grant, thanks for your loyalty as a reader! As you probably would expect, since you started reading me all those years ago, various solo Beatles rank high on my “best” concert list. I’ve seen a lot of great Paul McCartney shows over the years, including his Green Concert at Piedmont Park in 2009, but the most memorable definitely would be the two nights of Wings at Atlanta’s old Omni in 1976. Also on my most memorable list would be George Harrison at the Omni in 1974 (the first show I ever went to with Leslie, my future wife), and Ringo Starr at New York City’s Bottom Line in 1998, when a couple of friends and I sat right up against the stage. Among the more memorable shows I’ve seen (but not in the running for “best”) would be the Sex Pistols’ first U.S. concert at the Great Southeast Music Hall in 1978. Two shows that would make my “best” list would be Bruce Springsteen at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in 1978 and Billy Joel at the Atlanta Civic Center on the 1977 “Stranger” tour. The Springsteen show was the first time I’d ever seen the Boss and I’d been resistant to the mid-’70s hype that saw him grace the covers of Time and Newsweek simultaneously. But he flat-out knocked us out that night at the Fox. One of the most exciting performances of any type that I’ve ever seen. As for the Joel concert, I think maybe one of the times I saw him at the Omni in the ’80s might actually have been a better show (after he’d had more hits), but the 1977 concert was the most memorable because afterward Leslie and I were invited to a post-concert party put on by the record label at Anthony’s, and as we were among the first guests to arrive and Joel was already there, we had a chance to chat with him for quite a while. Another strong contender for “best” (as well as most memorable) on my concert list would be seeing Bob Dylan at New Orleans’ Sanger Theatre in 1981. They’d raised the orchestra pit and set up chairs in a VIP section where I had my pick of places to sit. It was a great show and about as good a concert seat as I could ever hope to have. A couple of others would be the Police’s exciting 1983 show at the Omni (filmed for cable and available on DVD since 2005 as “The Synchronicity Concert”), and Roy Orbison at a grocery-store-turned-nightclub in metro Atlanta called Mama’s Country Showcase in the early ’80s. At the latter show, I sat with Atlanta Rhythm Section writer-producer Buddy Buie, who had gotten his start in Alabama as a member of Roy’s band and who also worked as Roy’s tour manager for a while. I’ll never forget when Roy was getting ready to do “Crying,” Buddy leaned over and said, “The end is gonna give you goosebumps.” And when Roy hit and sustained that incredibly high note, it was goosebumps for sure. An unforgettable moment. There were many other great shows, but that’s a sampling of the best. Thanks for asking!

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112 comments Add your comment

Cuz

June 21st, 2013
9:38 am

Past time to honor Coach Dooley at Sanford.

old dog

June 21st, 2013
9:45 am

Dooley was a very successful AD, and Adams can blow one as long as a rail-road track!

TheBuckeye

June 21st, 2013
9:56 am

For what?

1981?

GTBob

June 21st, 2013
10:01 am

There are UGA fans out there that actually pay attention to basketball and even know who the coach is? I learn something new every day. They are just as delusional as the football fans though. Billy Donovan is one of the best coaches in the game. Thinking you can easily just go hire a clone of him shows the collective UGA basketball IQ.

40 Watt Dawg

June 21st, 2013
10:03 am

I knew Bill was cool, but after reading about his favorite concert experiences, he’s pretty much Miles Davis to me now. Let’s hang, Bill!

I agree on honoring Coach Dooley at Sanford, as well.

Dawg_Mike

June 21st, 2013
10:08 am

Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium… has a nice ring to it.

HistoryofMatt

June 21st, 2013
10:12 am

GTBob, I didn’t say that.

I said you need to go out and hire a coach who is an ace recruiter FIRST. Which is what Foley did with Donovan.

No one knew if Donovan could coach a lick.

But they sure as hell knew he could recruit.

The problem with Mark Fox is we know he’s a good coach. He was hired here because he can coach. We HOPED he would be a good recruiter.

He’s not. He’s terrible. He couldn’t close a screen door in the face of a gentle breeze.

When Donovan was hired at UF, they didn’t know and didn’t care if he could coach. He BECAME a great coach over time (he wasn’t “great” out of the gate, he had to learn).

But those excellent recruiting classes he brought in every year made up for his coaching learning curve.

Talk about basketball IQ, GTBob… how much are y’all still paying your former coach, btw?

You wanna talk about basketball IQ, I’m going to tell you who MUST be Georgia’s next basketball coach.

Tim Fuller, Assistant Coach at Mizzou.

He was Pitino’s ace recruiter and closer for years, and now he’s Frank Haith’s.

I don’t care if he can coach. He can learn to do that.

All I know is, the man can recruit. And as we’ve seen countless times, that’s all that matters.

Especially in a state which UGA is a basketball sleeping giant, as UF was once.

But I have no faith in McGarity. His continued actions as UGA’s AD tell me he didn’t learn a damn thing at UF.

He continues to try and run the AA on the cheap, and he continues to show illogical loyalty to a coach in Mark Fox that who, it is now beyond obvious, will never win because he cannot recruit.

GTBob

June 21st, 2013
10:39 am

No one knew if Donovan could coach a lick. But they sure as hell knew he could recruit.

How exactly did they know that? Because of two years at Marshall in the mid 1990’s? Foley hired him because he appeared to be a good overall coach, and he got really lucky that he ended up being a great coach. You can’t just know that someone is going to be a world class recruiter and coach. You throw out the name Tim Fuller without having any idea how he could recruit as a head coach at a program that doesn’t really value basketball all that much. You want to give millions of dollars to someone off of basically a hunch. I can tell you from personal experience, that even if he is a great recruiter, that isn’t going to make your team a good team, and you are making very large assumptions that someone who could recruit at Louisville and Missouri would also be able to recruit at UGA.

ATLWmn

June 21st, 2013
10:41 am

Ah, the Southern tradition of changing or adding names to existing ones to “honor” someone (usually dead). Thanks to that we have Hartsfield-Jackson airport and a plethora of road name changes (Ivan Allen meets Ralph McGill…) for no reason at all besides confusion. Let it rest people. He’s got a statue and the following of thousands of people, there’s no need to change things that aren’t broken. And yes, I’m a die-hard Georgia fan.

Mary Castronis Jeffcoat

June 21st, 2013
10:44 am

Honoring Coach Dooley with renaming the stadium in his honor is long, long overdue. I like the choices of Dooley-Sanford Stadium, Sanford-Dooley Stadium or Vince Dooley Field – just anything that can be done to honor this fine man who has done so much for the University of Georgia – this needs to be done while we still have him and there needs to be a big celebration/recognition of this at one of the home football games. Georgia as we know it would not be Georgia without Vince Dooley!

HistoryofMatt

June 21st, 2013
11:01 am

GTBob… everything you are saying… EVERYTHING can be said about UF in the mid 1990s.

As for UGA not valuing bball that much, that’s complete b.s.

The basketball practice facility is first rate. And I don’t care what year the Steg was built, it’s been gutted and it’s been rebuilt on the outside and the inside. It is a fine facility. Better than fine. There’s not a bad seat in the house, and the accoustics make is LOUD.

You’re like my brother the Yankees fan. We went to the game last night, and he snobbishly tries to tell me the Mets have “no history” because they decided to take one color from the Giants and one color from the Dodgers, among other things.

But the Mets have a tighter history with New York than the Yankees do, in that the team is all-original New York. The Yankees were once the Baltimore Orioles. And then moved to New York and were known as the Highlanders for years.

Don’t make up “facts” about what UGA does or doesn’t or is or isn’t. We are determined to make basketball better. And our actions with facilities prove that.

Once you win, the fans will come, and then they will stay. JUST like at UF, where basketball was even deader than UGA’s is now before Donovan.

Stop acting like you’re somehow better than us, too.

Guess what… you guys have exactly ONE more Final Four appearance than us.

ONE.

When you think about it, that kind of makes y’all a little worse. A lot of wasted talent. A lot of wasted years.

Only two Final Four appearances.

What I propose is sound. More sound than holding on to Mark Fox, which let’s be honest, as a Tech fan, you’d kill for us to not fire him, because you know as I do, that he can’t recruit a damn, which means Tech doesn’t have much if any competition for recruits from UGA in the state.

What you’re REALLY worried about, GTBob, is that you know I’m right: UGA, like UF once was, is a sleeping giant in a basketball hotbed, and if we do hire a guy who can recruit, it means that just like in football, YOUR school will almost immediately become the Little Brother.

I can read the fear in your responses.

Skokie Dog

June 21st, 2013
11:07 am

I’ll cast a vote in favor of “Vince Dooley Field.” And while we’re at it, let’s choose one of the men’s restrooms at Sanford Stadium and slap a plaque up on the wall by a toilet, deeming the room the “Michael Adams Throne Room at Sanford Stadium.”

Kevin

June 21st, 2013
11:07 am

Vince Dooley Field, ASAP.

Flo- Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2013
11:16 am

I have a serious bone to pick with naming the stadium after Dooley. Why? ERK RUSSELL was a better coach and recruiter than Dooley. Dooley won because of a great defense more than a great offense. Erk made Dooley a winner and what did he get for his LONG TERM loyalty – SCEWED by Dooley. All Dooley knew was to hand the ball off to Herschel Walker…. no imagination or use of the other talent around him. That is why a team that should have been undefeated in 1981 lost to Clemson. Just say NO to renaming Sanford Stadium.

Flo- Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2013
11:19 am

How about ERK RUSSELL Field at Sanford Stadium. Now that would “ERK” Dooley.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
11:19 am

I do not think renaming the stadium is a good idea, however, Making the field Vince Dooley Field would be a great idea. And they should move the existing statue in front of the stadium. That is a good statue and honors Coach Dooley and his players as well. It’s shame that Adams’ ego would not let him honor Dooley appropriately. People won’t forget that and Mr.Adams legacy will always be tarnished by that. Whatever other accomplishments that may be laid at his feet his total FAIL in his handling of the Dooley situation will always haunt him.
Dooly Field at Sanford Stadium has a good ring to it.

Flo- Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2013
11:22 am

Where is the ERK RUSSELL statue that Dooley requested? Oh, Dooley never asked for ERK RUSSELL to get the recognition he deserved. Dooley always was a little jealous of the attention given in the news media to ERK RUSSELL.

Flo- Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2013
11:24 am

ERK RUSSELL made the defense – the defense made Vince Dooley. PERIOD.

Flo- Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2013
11:25 am

Let’s get an ERK RUSSELL statue outside of Sanford Stadium and Dooley can give the recognition speech.

Flo- Ri - Duh

June 21st, 2013
11:27 am

Do I dislike Dooley? No. Just give the credit where it is due – ERK RUSSELL made Vince Dooley a winner.

HistoryofMatt

June 21st, 2013
11:30 am

I do not agree in renaming the stadium. I like Sanford Stadium, un-hyphenated. It rolls off the tongue, and it honors the one man who created the stadium from the nothingness.

I do not also agree that the field should be named for Dooley.

What happens if/when Richt wins a title and a couple of more SEC titles?

Will it be, “Welcome to Vince Dooley Field Between the Mark Richt Hedges at Sanford Stadium!”?

Or, “Welcome to Mark Richt Field at Sanford-Dooley Stadium!”?

No. Sanford Stadium. Between the Hedges. That’s it. Like our uniforms, there is beauty in simplicity and tradition.

I do agree that Dooley’s statue MUST be moved, however. Reed Plaza would be a good place for a “Row of Champions.”

The AA, with their 70 million dollar surplus could also spring $500,000 a piece for Tripey, Sinkwich, and Walker statues, too.

I am sick of our AA being run on the cheap. I’m sick that our program, filled with grandeur and great tradition and history, being continually upstaged by late-comers like Florida, who had little to no history before 1990, when it comes to honoring our history and traditions.

Recruits care about that kind of stuff as much as the alums and fans do. They see how we honor our past, or in our case, how we don’t honor our past, unlike the Floridas and the Bamas, and they think (sometimes correctly) that those programs are “better.”

Honor the past with a “Row of Champions” statues.

But leave Sanford Stadium alone. Because once you change that, and Richt (or someone else) wins a title down the road, you’re going to be sorry you ever did.

Flat Tire doesnt live in Delusionalville Ga.

June 21st, 2013
11:34 am

How about lets have some Erk Russel get after it attitude coaches

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
11:34 am

Flo-Ri_Duh – the 81 team LOST to Pittsburgh because we could not defend the pass. The same happened in 1982. The 82 was the best of them all and should have won the national title but that new fangled passing of that yankee school did us in. Pitt carved up that team. 469 total yards is like 600 nowadays. Penn St wasn’t quite as dominate but it was our defense that couldn’t stop them that did us in.
Erk was a great coach but placing Dooley’s success solely at Erk’s feet is way overboard. Erk was an inspirational genius and in many ways was the heart of the Dawgs but you can’t say his defense was the only reason Dooley was as successful as he was. Those 2 years were part of the best 3 years in a our program’s history but it was defensive lapses particularly against the pass that prevented the Dawgs from winning 3 straight NC’s.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
11:36 am

dominate = dominant fricking fingers

WDE

June 21st, 2013
11:40 am

Honor Coach Dooley and Erk Russell …….Russel Field @ Sanford/Dooley stadium …

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
11:51 am

It is kind of odd but Bama is in that situation now with Saban. What are they going to do to honor his accomplishments when he retires? Are they going to rename the stadium again? Bryant-Denny-Saban stadium? I guess that is the problem with an ongoing program isn’t it? Somebody gets left out or supplants another legend.

AltamahaDawg

June 21st, 2013
12:07 pm

Sorry, but renaming your stadium to some hyphenated name was a played out fad 2 decades ago.
For good reason. It’s lame.

I’m curious what Alabama is supposed to do with Saban’s name a few years from now. Saban field at Denny-Bryant Stadium?………good grief. For that matter, what about Richt down the road? Double hyphenation?

Can’t somebody just be beloved former coach? isn’t THAT really the point? It almost seems to me to belittle Coach Dooley (or any teams former coaches in history) to suggest that he ranks less, if he doesn’t even have a stadium named after him.

I’m not offering any opinion on the Adams/Dooley spat put him in his place feud…. but even IF that were true………..the motives do not overshadow the fact that he was correct on the not renaming issue.

Dawg_Mike

June 21st, 2013
12:09 pm

Russell Field at Paulsen Stadium- Statesboro GA. How does that sound ?

Skokie Dog

June 21st, 2013
12:21 pm

I think a few of you are getting ahead of yourselves on the honorary naming front. Don’t forget. Coach Richt hasn’t actually won a national championship yet. Maybe they’ll name an intersection near the stadium for him after he retires. That would remind us that he’s just around the corner from winning that trophy.

AltamahaDawg

June 21st, 2013
12:25 pm

Mostly, what I do not understand about this debate. “other” school have done it.
Yea, so? Dooley didn’t coach at those “other” schools. There are a variety of things that differentiate how things are done at Georgia vs. schools. (employing a head football coach for 25 yrs would be one of them). Dooley of all people understands that.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
12:29 pm

Skokie – in your world Richt would have to win more than 1 title to satisfy you and you know it. You and Flat Tire are never satisfied with anything Richt does. We could blow out everyone, put the greatest offense ever fielded out there and win the National Championship and ya’ll would still complain. Who do you think you are fooling? Anyone can call themselves such and such Dog and claim to be a Georgia Bulldog fan but the proof is in the pudding. And from what I’ve seen you and Flat Tire don’t pass the sniff test.
You know Tennessee’s mascot is a dog too… why not pull for them? They won a NC more recently than the Dawgs too.

AltamahaDawg

June 21st, 2013
12:31 pm

What does a NC have to do with it? CLEARLY the debate about Dooley is a lifetime or career long honor. IF not winning a NC were THE issue, then not doing that 24 out of 25 years, is a pretty big deterrent.

Steve Berryman

June 21st, 2013
12:46 pm

I am an old dawg class of 72. Remember when Sanford Stadium consisted of only the 2 main lower sections seating a proclaimed 35,000. Also had wood seats with red fiberglass coverings. Ga Tech’s Stadium at the time seated about 60,000 and they had whipped our butts in football for as I remember about 7 or 8 straight years. Folks that was the way it was when Vince Dooley was hired as the head football coach. Everything added since has been the result of his success (with a great assist by Erk Russell). As Athletic Director, he not only continued to add to Sanford Stadium, but built fabulous facilities in all sports, all along keeping Georgia’s athletic budget in the black. UGA is near the national pinnacle in sports today because of Dooley, not Adams. Without doubt, his name belongs beside Sanford on that stadium, for he is responsible for most of it along with its beauty.

WDE

June 21st, 2013
12:58 pm

NCDawg if Saban wins one more NC when he retires they are going to rename…the state ..

Dale

June 21st, 2013
12:59 pm

DON’T rename the stadium.

Five more yards last year would have gotten Richt the NC and a 3rd SEC title. So then it’s “Sanford-Dooley-Richt Stadium” in 15 years? And after Richt UGA will not have another heyday? Lets get another coach on there “Sanford Dooley Richt Gurley Stadium,” and statues for everybody! Walker, Munson… Just like the other programs do. I’m getting riled just thinking about it.

Move the statue to the stadium. Leave the name alone.

chipperdawg

June 21st, 2013
1:00 pm

It’s already ” Glenn Bryant Field” at Paulsen Stadium- Statesboro, Ga. Allen Paulsen and Glenn Bryant were the two biggest financial supporters of Ga. Southern.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
1:04 pm

Altamaha – the problem is having a winning program isn’t enough any longer. It doesn’t matter that only 1 team can win a NC each year. If you don’t win it then you are a loser no matter how many wins your team has.
It’s the ultimate in “all the other kids are doing it…” mindset. I’m pretty sure that most of these so called fans aren’t really Bulldog fans… they throw the program under the bus too frequently and too easily.

Northside Dawg

June 21st, 2013
2:02 pm

I have the Springsteen Fox ‘78 bootleg, but didn’t see him til ‘81. I was pretty blown away by The Boss at that show and ‘84 also, although The Who in ‘75 was pretty choice.

Dog_the-Wag

June 21st, 2013
2:41 pm

Forget hyphenated stadium names. Already been done.

Forget Such-&-Such Field at So-&-So Stadium. Done too.

Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. See! How stupid does that sound?

Let’s not go there with OUR hallowed institution (er, University)!

Re-Name Reed (Hall, Quad, Plaza, Street) Dooley (Hall, Quad, etc., etc.). Dooley-Reed, if you must. Erk Russell-Payne Hall kinda has a nice ring to it as well.

Move the statue up there.

For that matter, re-name Dooley County for both Col. John and Vince. Most folks think it’s named for Vince as it is.

It’s okay for the Tide to be hyphenated stadium-naming camp-followers of the Barners, but that doesn’t me we should join with them.

Stick! To! Sanford! Stadium!

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
2:52 pm

But the statue has to be moved to a more appropriate spot. Field naming and such is for the university folks to figure out but that statue was put in the backyard because Adams is a egomaniac and that wrong needs to be righted.

AltamahaDawg

June 21st, 2013
3:50 pm

No I get it. trophies are trophies. NC are accomplishments . BUT Dooley had a pure desperation pass go 80 yards on near fluke, and Richt’s NC pass got batted down.

Seems as if figuring out who gets the stadium named for them and who doesn’t aught to be a little more complicated than one pass in their respective career. (except Richt is far from over). If he is around anywhere close to as long, he will surpass Dooley’s on field accomplishment. We all know that.

Seems best to leave the stadium name alone and just give each man their proper respect.

Bright Idea

June 21st, 2013
4:25 pm

Dooley allowed Russell to have his own radio show when he coached at UGA. That does not sound like jealousy.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
5:09 pm

Altmaha – it was a fluke. If the Florida DB hadn’t slipped then there is no Run Lindsey, Run. Maybe they get close enough for Robinson to kick it through but more than likely not. Nobody minded that it was a fluke either. “God is a Bulldog!” is what they declared.
The Bammers always think that there is no luck involved in anything their players do and that just is soooo delusional. They rag us about “5 more yards” but Coach Saban knows how big a bullet they dodged. A win is a win and a loss is a loss but random chance does play a big part in all of it. The old saying is “it is better to be lucky than good… and better to be both.” It sure fit last year.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
5:19 pm

Coach Dolley deserves every bit of the credit he receives. He handled Herschel perfectly. He knew talent and got alot out of guys that had more heart than talent. That is good coaching.
Coach Richt will deserve a place in Bulldawg lore when he is done. He blew the lid off the program just as he was asked to do. He thrust us past UT and UF… 1 fell back and 1 caught up and surpassed his team. Now they’ve fallen back again and this time we need to keep them down. We’ll see what we have in the 1st 2 weeks of the season… no waiting this year. If our offense can carry us for a few games it could be a special year.

dawgfan

June 21st, 2013
5:20 pm

Not a big fan of hyphenated stadium names. “Sanford Stadium” is simple and has a nice ring to it. If you start in with the hyphenated names where does it end? What if Richt wins a national title? With his impressive win total (he’s winning at a better clip than Dooley ever did against stronger competition), wouldn’t he be just as deserving of the honor? Would we call it Sanford-Dooley-Richt Stadium? Asinine. Sanford got dibs and that’s just the way it is.

Jon P

June 21st, 2013
6:27 pm

NCDawg, Erk was not DC on the 81 or 82 teams. That would be Bill Lewis. Erk left after the 1980 season to revive the Georgia Southern football program (and didn’t do a shabby job either did he?).

Jon P

June 21st, 2013
6:29 pm

I am against renaming the stadium for Dooley. I like the idea of statues for our Heisman winners though.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
6:59 pm

doh! i’d forgotten… but it is true that Pitt whacked us in 1977 with Dorsett. Our 6-2 left single coverage on their receivers and when we adjusted Dorsett killed us.

NCDawg

June 21st, 2013
6:59 pm

Did I really spell Dooley Dolley? just damn…

My-Guy

June 21st, 2013
7:23 pm

@NCDawg

Yeah, you spelled D-O-L-L-E-Y correctly, lol, I’m not that good at spelling either, but we have the dictionary online though. We should honor Dooley for the 1980 national championship and the other great wins he’s given UGA over the years he coached there though. Mark Richt’s time is coming too, we just have to see.