Vince Dooley’s game plan: ‘I might subtly wear orange’

"Over here we'll have orange hydrangeas." (AJC photo by Joey Ivansco)

"And over here we'll be planting orange hydrangeas." (AJC photo by Joey Ivansco)

Vince Dooley held a teleconference today to discuss … well, you know what it was to discuss. The highlight: The greatest coach and greatest athletics director Georgia has ever had conceded that, on Oct. 10, 2010, he will be pull against Georgia.

“Luckily, we have a private box,” he said. “I’ll have mixed emotions, but it’s going to be hard pulling against my family. I had my family before I came to Georgia. It will be a quiet pulling for my son. But I’m glad we have we do have the private box; my wife will be more vocal.”

You could say Vincent J. Dooley has had an overstuffed life: Quarterback at Auburn, SEC head coach at age 31, national champion as of Jan. 1, 1981, and now father of Tennessee’s head coach. Of Derek Dooley, Vince said: “We’re very happy, very proud. It’s a wonderful opportunity. And it’s special because it’s in the conference.

“I wish it was not at a school so close and competitive, but Derek would remind me that I left Auburn and came across the Chattahoochee to Georgia.”

On his son bringing a team into Sanford Stadium: “It’s somewhat akin to the first time I brought a Dooley-led team to Auburn. [Georgia lost 14-7 in 1964.] It will be strange, but it was also strange when Derek came down as a football player when he was at Virginia and I was coaching Georgia. And I had to sleep with his mother, who had announced she was pulling for Derek. I reminded her where her bread was buttered.”

On Vince and Barbara Dooley’s travel plans for autumn 2010: “We’ll be driving home [from St. Simons] in about an hour, and there’ll be some discussion. I imagine it will generally be staying at home when Georgia plays at home and looking for opportunities [to go watch Tennessee].”

On Derek’s career path: “I wanted him to go to Princeton [as an undergrad]. He was a possession receiver [at Clarke Central High], and some of our coaches wanted to sign him. I didn’t want to sign that kind of player. If he could jump out of the ceiling, I’d have given him a scholarship. I wanted him to go to Princeton, but he wanted to play Division I football and he walked on. He’s got a mind of his own.”

On Derek’s decision to leave the practice of law and enter coaching: “He didn’t follow my advice. But he was a lawyer and was on the debate team, so I lost that argument in 15 seconds.”

On whether Vince Dooley might emulate the father of Tennessee’s last coach and join his son as coordinator: “Barbara just found out about Derek’s contract [upwards of $2 million per year], and she’s saying, ‘You ought to go up there for a couple of years.’ I spent 25 years as a head coach and had gotten my salary from $12,000 my first year to $500,000 with everything thrown in when I decided it was time for me to retire. Barbara has always reminded me of that. She says, ‘What kind of guy leaves a job when he’s just about to start making big money?’ She’d love for me to [join Derek's staff].”

On whether he will ever willingly wear orange: “There’s no hesitation about my wife wearing orange. I might subtly and very conservatively wear something orange on the proper occasion.”

235 comments Add your comment

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
1:40 pm

there’s not a thing subtle about orange Mark.

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
1:40 pm

and by the way……..

Denver Dawg

January 16th, 2010
1:41 pm

they are better folks than me – I wouldn’t wear orange if it came with a winning lottery ticket

jr

January 16th, 2010
1:44 pm

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
1:44 pm

sonny clusters, etal must be asleep this rainy afternoon.

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
1:46 pm

saying i might subtly wear orange is akin to say i might be a little pregnant.

jr

January 16th, 2010
1:46 pm

UT orange is a shade of pale and sickly orange anyway.

SLP

January 16th, 2010
1:46 pm

I’m sure he’ll figure it out. Vince is a stand up guy. He’s proud of his son and he has a right to be on his side. Remember, blood, is thicker than water.

Peachtree Pete

January 16th, 2010
1:51 pm

Gotta’ support your son. Happy for the Dooley’s today, God bless ‘em!

Howard

January 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

Derek Dooley will do fine as coach at UT…he was an excellent HS tight end under Billy Henderson and knows the game. He’s been a practicing attorney which might come in handy when dealing with today’s high school recruits…and he has earned his stripes as an assistant. At Louisiana Tech, he has done a good job. He will be a great recruiter for tenn., and it depends on his staff…how quickly he will succeed. A huge thing Mark, has come out of this sordid affair with Lane Kiffin…Kiffin actually did the impossible by making Al Davis look like an honest man and someone admirable.

dawgfan

January 16th, 2010
1:52 pm

He can pull for his son without wearing orange and making an inbred hillbilly of himself. Tennessee is going to suck something awful next year. 17-20 at La Tech? Hello SEC East cellar. Tennessee football is toast.

Florida Dawg

January 16th, 2010
1:55 pm

Maybe if Derek Dooley stays at UT lets say 25 years or so…runs a respectable program, puts fear in the minds of Gators and owns them, donates hundreds of thousands of dollars back to UT through the years, the UT President will rename the stadium Dooley-Neyland stadium.
That would be above average and appropriate don’t you think?

The Ole Ball Coach

January 16th, 2010
1:57 pm

Vince and Barbara has raised a fine young man….and they have the right to be proud and supportive they gave their all to UGA
and I for one love them…. Good Luck Derek except when you play the Dawgs! : )

De' truth

January 16th, 2010
2:12 pm

Derek appears to be a fine young man and I think he will do well at Tenn. IF the Vol nation will give him a chance. It won’t be a walk-over; Kiffin and circumstances have created wounds that must be healed. At any rate, Vince and Barbara cheer for your son–I would!

Dawg'88

January 16th, 2010
2:13 pm

A real and well written sports report from Ching about UGA’s search for a DC. Great/accurate criticism of sportswriters like Bradley and Schultz plus irrational fans…Must read!

Here’s a sample:

“Mark Richt named Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham
as his new defensive coordinator on Friday, ending the most
hysterical assistant coach search in memory.

Not hysterical as in funny. Hysterical because many people – fans
and media members, specifically – apparently lost their minds during
Richt’s quest to find Willie Martinez’s replacement.

Richt reportedly entered into negotiations with at least three well-
known defensive coordinators – Alabama’s Kirby Smart, Virginia
Tech’s Bud Foster and LSU’s John Chavis – before each received a pay
raise to stay put.

Despite the unlikelihood of any of those coaches leaving their
current jobs, somehow those failures were cynically painted as
ineptitude. Never mind that, were it not Richt and Georgia on the
other end of the phone, those coaches might have only chuckled
before hanging up the phone.

But acknowledging that probability would eliminate a bundle of easy
column fodder. Especially when some of the mental midgets in
Georgia’s fanbase are for the first time receptive to criticism of
Richt, following his first bad season in Athens.”

Go to the link for the rest…

http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/011610/foo_550213419.shtml

Larry

January 16th, 2010
2:13 pm

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
2:17 pm

its time to retire the plaque
said others alas and alack
willie’s a wizard
he types like a blizzard
and that’s the fact jack!

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

winterdawg

January 16th, 2010
2:18 pm

Good for the Dooleys and congratulations to Derek. Do good work up there and may you some day be able to come home to lead your beloved Dawgs!

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
2:22 pm

right now i’m working on farmville
its really not much of a thrill
rather than chickens be feeding
i’d be better off reading
some alex de tocqueville

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
2:23 pm

sigh… i guess I’VE got to do the play by play from Starkville.

middle oconee river dawg

January 16th, 2010
2:24 pm

After watching the interview introducing DD as the new TN coach, I felt the pride that Southerners can feel when one their own, a man of obvious integrity, loyalty, gratitude, and intelligence, takes over one of the best football programs in the South and the States. TN has gone from little Rocky snot to Rocky cream of the crop. I still want the Dawgs to kick their A$$e$ though, especially after the beating from last year. Coach Grantham, get em’ fired up!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heath

January 16th, 2010
2:25 pm

Coach Dooley, you’ve got bigger fish to fry. Get that KSU football program going! I’m ready to buy season tickets in 2013!

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

jr

January 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

first!!!!!!!

willie martinez

January 16th, 2010
2:27 pm

my head has cleared since my firin’
the ring was once like a siren
i’m no longer a zero
and now my hero
is the guy named conan o’brien

Rock E. Top

January 16th, 2010
2:33 pm

Q: How do you know you’re a tool if you don’t see Lane Kiffin’s reflection staring back at you in a mirror?
A: You always post “First” on blogs!

Rock E. Top

January 16th, 2010
2:35 pm

Or else you use idiotic names instead of your own on blogs because in your mind they’re clever.

WonderDawg

January 16th, 2010
2:43 pm

How do you wear orange subtly? Thanks for the nice stuff about the Dooleys the last couple of days, Mark.

SMOKEY

January 16th, 2010
2:47 pm

I for one am going to miss Mrs.. Kiffin, she was SMOKEY ( I mean smokin) HOT and this Derek boy has a professional Doctor wife. I don’t suspect she will look near as good in an orange sun dress. It really helped pass the time on the sideline. Now all I can do during games is listen to those toothless inbreds sing that god awful song over and over and over again.

Techster

January 16th, 2010
2:48 pm

Dawgfan (and other dog buttsniffers) you just cried out loud what an inbred moron you are. Of course most of us who have been to a Bulldog game know that already. It was proven by your spewing tobacco and snuff juice all over us when you yelled through your yellow teeth,lol,lol,lol!!!!

D-day

January 16th, 2010
2:50 pm

D. Dooley seems like a good guy, professional, etc. – the kind of guy you would want for your coach. It’s so much more fun rooting against Tennessee with the likes of Kiffin at the helm, though.

Top Dawg

January 16th, 2010
2:51 pm

Here’s to hoping Mr. Grantham’s defense gives young Derek’s squad a rude welcome to Sanford Stadium in October.

heywood...

January 16th, 2010
2:54 pm

God, family, and football.

i’d wear orange for my son, too.

no problem with that.

go dawgs.

GATA.

Buckhead Bulldog

January 16th, 2010
2:54 pm

Dooley is a class act, and Adams is still a classless, jack ass. Some things never change.

Techster

January 16th, 2010
2:54 pm

You can see by my grammar skills in previous post how much smarter we are! To Hell With Grammar!

Indra Moedjio

January 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Tennessee, Congratulation! You have a class coach in Derek Dooley, just like his old Dad, Vince. I will be pulling for Tennessee, except when they play Georgia. Go Dawgs!!

JESUP

January 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

according to rivals Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is a leading canadite for the job at LT….what do yall think, anybody willing to help him pack ?????

BartBuzz

January 16th, 2010
2:56 pm

I’m from the Bobby Dodd era and I’ve always respected Coach Dooley. He was definitely good for college football. Now Wally Butts is a different story.

Arnold's Place

January 16th, 2010
2:58 pm

Techster, at least we have TEETH, and not just a tooth.

Gen Neyland

January 16th, 2010
3:03 pm

Hot Dang..! Vince done gone and put in a cement pond. Hot Dang..! One of the blog sites out of Knoxville has been running a poll on the hiring of CDD. It’s 3-1 in favor of the hire. So, for the few pot stirrers that feel this hire is not in favor of we’uns, wrong but thanks for your input. And go easy on Vince. He wore Blue and Orange before Red and Black so if he dons a bit of Orange for family unity, sobeit. Boy, what a Thanksgiving at the Dooley’s 2010..GBO

jdawg

January 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

This is the way it should have been done in the first place. They hired a jerk, and now have a good person who has some sense. Being an attorney, he may even know the NCAA rules. Congrats to Derek and his family, along with Vince and Barabara. To Michael Adams….see, the cream rises to the top without YOU…hopefully I can out live you. Good Luck Derek, and let the good competition begin…

GT Facts

January 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

BartBuzzr
I know what you are saying about Wally. He and old Bobby were built ifrom the same mold. Both were kind of those old destitute scuzzy, womanizing, boozing, gambling men who lost it all until the Alumni helped bail them out from bankruptcy, right?

Eastside Jacket

January 16th, 2010
3:05 pm

I’ve never been too big of a Dooley fan but I’ve got to admire him for sticking up for his son like that. I’d do the same thing too. Family first !!!

TXDawg

January 16th, 2010
3:07 pm

So for UGA fans to Tenn fans, does the phrase “Who’s Your Daddy” apply….just wondering….lol!

BartBuzz

January 16th, 2010
3:09 pm

GT Facts: Actually, I remember that Bobby Dodd was a real gentleman and Wally Butts was a real horse’s a$$.

WonderDawg

January 16th, 2010
3:15 pm

Pack hell, JESUP – I’ll help him move…

Paul's Johnson

January 16th, 2010
3:16 pm

I can’t blame Dooley for being proud of his son. I’d be especially proud knowing my family name is worth 2.4 million big ones a year as well.

Dooley is a loser

January 16th, 2010
3:20 pm

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