Vince Dooley: ‘I look forward to Bulldog Nation uniting under new leadership’

ATHENS – I just returned a short time ago from the UGA Chapel where Dr. Michael Adams’ announced he was retiring as the University of Georgia’s president after 15 years. It was a very brief and matter-of-fact affair where Adams essentially read from a prepared statement that he had handed out to reporters beforehand, greeted well wishers at the end and took questions for about five minutes.

One of the first calls I made afterward was to former Georgia football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley. Clearly Coach Dooley was expecting some calls as he spoke as though he might be reading from a prepared statement. Not surprisingly, he rebuffed repeated attempts to get him to engage in the his controversial relationship with Adams, who refused to extend his contract in 2003 and essentially forced Dooley into retirement.

Here’s what Dooley said/read:

“First of all, I commend President Adams on his retirement, his service and his contributions to the University of Georgia. I do believe it is time for a change and I look forward to the Bulldog Nation uniting under new leadership in the near future.”

I quickly followed by asking Dooley if he felt the “Bulldog Nation” — aka athletic association supporters — was divided under Adams’ leadership.

“I can’t say that,” he said, stepping away from script for just a moment. “Regardless of the situation, I think new leadership would be good. But I’m going to stick with my statement.”

I asked Dooley if he had some ideas of what type of leader the next president should be. He recently profiled every president in his new book, “History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia.”

“I really don’t want to get into anything like that,” Dooley said. “If you look at the history of presidents, as you change presidents there’s a sense of renewal and unification under new leadership.”

Dooley did intimate that he thought the 13-month period before Adams’ actual retirement was excessively long. But otherwise he stayed clear of criticizing the man or the process.

Asked what he thought Adams’ legacy would be regarding athletics, Dooley let loose a hardy laugh. “I’m not going to say anymore publically,” he said.

– Chip Towers. The UGA Blog

143 comments Add your comment

Spike 80DF

May 3rd, 2012
1:58 pm

Damon Evans for President!!!

innocent bystander

May 3rd, 2012
1:59 pm

Coach Dooley is a great man. Brought nothing but honor to UGA

1999DAWG

May 3rd, 2012
2:00 pm

Dooley shows class, even when having to discuss aDAMsorry Dawg

Big Albany Dawg

May 3rd, 2012
2:00 pm

NO…..FIRST?

BP-85

May 3rd, 2012
2:02 pm

To Adams-
Good-bye and good riddance.

dan

May 3rd, 2012
2:05 pm

Honestly I think they’re both a couple of egomaniacs. Both have done good things for UGA, and both have their personality and character flaws. Dooley wasn’t the beloved figure amongst his former players that everyone tries to make him out to be. I know a couple of his former players personally, and both had very tempestuous relationships with him. That being said, he is UGA’s greatest coach, and Adams could have saved himself a lot of trouble by letting him stay another year or two. I mean who cares? It’s not like Damon Evans turned out to be that great of an AD in the final analysis. Dooley wasn’t a phenomenal AD, but he wasn’t horrible either, so why force him out? I don’t understand leaders who force guys out just so they can have ” their guy” in there. If the old guard sucks, then yes its time for a change. But if the guy is doing his job, why push him out? Just a whole bunch of BS all the way around.

Oh well…

Buckeye

May 3rd, 2012
2:09 pm

Urban sends his regards…..

TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

Buckeye

May 3rd, 2012
2:10 pm

Dooley won one game in 1981 with a once in a lifetime athlete. Otherwise, you dogs remain delusional about the status of your SEC SEC Least program.

Red Clay Hound

May 3rd, 2012
2:14 pm

Dooley is to smart to say what he really thinks. But we can read between the lines.

lanier

May 3rd, 2012
2:15 pm

yea Ohio St is a classy bunch lol

LHardingDawg

May 3rd, 2012
2:16 pm

Comparing Georgia and the SEC to Ohio State is stupid. Every SEC team including Georgia has owned Ohio State.

1992 Dawg

May 3rd, 2012
2:17 pm

Buckeye…. Your Buckeyes have had a really stellar record against the SEC huh? I believe “the” OSU has yet to beat UGA. Hmmmmmmmm?

You are delusional

May 3rd, 2012
2:17 pm

If you think every school does not have delusional fans.

Rob in Chapel Hill

May 3rd, 2012
2:17 pm

Let’s be honest. The only reason to immediately call Dooley is in hopes that he will wade back into that controversy. Because really, who the heck cares what Dooley has to say at this point, in terms of his views on UGA? I just don’t find his perspective very relevant now.

kevin

May 3rd, 2012
2:18 pm

Buckeye, You’re just looking for a fight, but you don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Dooley won 6 SEC Championships: 3 with Herschel and 3 without. The 3 he won without Herschel just happened to be smack in the middle of the reign of one Paul “Bear” Bryant’s tenure at Alabama. You, little uneducated, foolish son, are an idiot.

Don'tsufferfools

May 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

Like him or not Dooley was a part of UGA for a long time and his opinion will always count to UGA alumni over 30 years old, including his players.

Surely you jest, Innocent Bystander...

May 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

…”Coach Dooley is a great man. Brought nothing but honor to UGA” – yes, he is a great man, though I believe you forgot about the Jan Kemp scandal under his watch…

NASCDAWG

May 3rd, 2012
2:33 pm

I have to agree with Chapel Hill.

Buckeye

May 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

Michigan State beat up your dogs recently if I recall. HA!

Buckeye

May 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

Kevin,

I’m talking THE game as in National Championship. One in 1981. woof woof.

UGA Insider

May 3rd, 2012
2:36 pm

Everone can thank me again here… Haven’t I been on here stating for weeks that I have been writing our Gov begging him to fire Adams?

As usual I am a step ahead of Chip and the rest of the gang. I bet many of you read my posts and thought… “what an idiot to think Adams is leaving anytime soon”. Now here we are my friends. I amaze myself sometimes.

Now write you governor and ask him to hire Billy Payne for Pres of UGA!

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Someone who got fired does not get to hang around 13 months……………….

Rampdawg

May 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Hey Suckeye, what bowl game will y’all be playing in this year?
Oh! nevermind.

UGA Insider

May 3rd, 2012
2:44 pm

DawginLex you are a hater of The Insider and I have even seen you hate on me on Dawgs247… However this time you have to be impressed. Fired or Retired? Is there a difference really? Fact of the matter is he could have stayed around another 5 years easily. Now let’s see eye to eye for a moment….. don’t you agree about Billy Payne and how awesome he would be???

Please advise..

Dawg Fud

May 3rd, 2012
2:52 pm

Dan and Chapel Hill said it best.

I like Adams and I like Dooly because they both did their jobs. Adams raised academic rankings and Dooley won championships.

Case closed.

Rusty

May 3rd, 2012
2:53 pm

UGA Insider,

Everyone on here is ‘a hater of The Insider’. You seriously might be one of the biggest idiots capable of using a computer in the history of the world. Not only that, your comments are stupid, annoying, and you clearly have no actual ‘insider information’ about anything

And I don’t say that for shock value, I really mean it.

Dawg Fud

May 3rd, 2012
2:53 pm

Hmm? Chairman of Augusta National or President of UGA. Let me think which role I would enjoy more….

Dude, get real.

Dawg Haus

May 3rd, 2012
2:58 pm

Good for Coach Dooley in taking the high road. He could have easily said what he really thought of Adams, but he is a man of tremendous character who represents the University better than Adams could ever even dream of.

DawginLex

May 3rd, 2012
2:59 pm

Insider

I don’t hate you. I’m sorry if I have given you that perception.

I just made a point about the 13 months. Also staying on as a faculty member does not give indication that he has been fired.

I apologize if I offended you.

Who are you on 24/7?

BTW, Billy Payne gets 2 thumbs up from me

Dawgsin11

May 3rd, 2012
3:01 pm

Buckeye, Dooley didn’t win 201 games with Herschel….but he’d have won a helluva lot more playing in the Big Ten.

Football Guy

May 3rd, 2012
3:02 pm

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Dawgsin11

May 3rd, 2012
3:07 pm

What makes people think Billy Payne is even suitable to be a major university president? I’m sure the search for Adams’ replacement will be interesting to follow…I just hope it’s not embarrassing too.

GTBob

May 3rd, 2012
3:11 pm

Buckeye is my pal.

McDawg

May 3rd, 2012
3:17 pm

does this mean he won’t root for the Vols anymore?

beanster

May 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

C’mon Dawgsin11, if he can sway the IOC, he obviously knows how to get deals done. Doesn’t that qualify him to lead the state’s academic flagship? (I kid, I kid). It is conceivable that one’s career mobility could include going from UGA President to Masters Chairman, however, I think the reverse of that statement would be highly unlikely.

UGA needs an academic visionary to pick up where Dr. Adams will leave off. Someone with fresh perspective, bold ideas, the know how to get things done, and enough sense to keep his/her mitts off the athletic programs and let the AD do his job.

Taco Meat

May 3rd, 2012
3:22 pm

Spike 80DF

May 3rd, 2012
1:58 pm

Damon Evans for President!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Too funny! Thanks for the laugh.

Just The Facts

May 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

Chip is like the ambulance chasing attorney. The goal of the AJC is to see what hornets nest they can stir up in Athens. Did he really think Dooley was going to step in that one seconds after the presser? Come on man! They (AJC) have been running that spot on here lately about CMR’s transfer policy (another attempt to stir it up). They are too lazy to actually get up, find something to research & do a positive story. That would require too much work. Rather sit back, be lazy & take the cheap shot, beat down approach.

bromance

May 3rd, 2012
3:27 pm

Ah so Fu*ckeye and Bob are butt buddies. We really should have guessed.

crossdawg

May 3rd, 2012
3:30 pm

Dooley is a DGD! Can’t say he same for adams.

DIT

May 3rd, 2012
3:30 pm

OK, how funny is it that Buckeye has to biggy back off something FLORIDA did and not OSU. BTW, what happened to OSU last time they played UGA?
I respected you before OSU got into their scandle. Then we heard hardly a peep from you until recently. What’s wrong, only talk smack when everything appears to be going in the right direction?
UGA has not won squat in the past several years, however the same people appear on theses blogs regardless of arrests, losses and what else you can name. It’s called loyalty. If something else happens to OSU we won’t hear from Buckeye again until the smoke clears. What would y’all call that?…..

DIT

May 3rd, 2012
3:31 pm

sorry, should have been “piggy Back” not biggy back.

Q

May 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

Anyone wanting Dooley back is a dam fool. The guy would immediatley ban the forward pass and demand 3 yards and a cloud of dust on every play.

New blood maybe? Uh, yes let’s do that. A football program should not be run by it’s boosters, this ain’t Auburn.

CDAWG

May 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

Buckeye in response to your 2:10 post you said “Dooley won one game in 1981 with a once in a lifetime athlete”
What a statement, how would Auburn have faired without Scam Newton, Florida without Tebow? I could go on and on but one last one……….Ohio State without Archie Griffin……..you do know who Archie is don’t you?

DIT

May 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

Why did Dooley have to be dragged into the Adams retirement conversation Chip? My guess would be because you thought for a moment that Dooley would unload on Adams. You forget Dooley is a man of class. Not saying that he would not mind doing so, but if he was going to it would not be to a blog writer. Just saying.

Dawg Haus

May 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

Preach it, DIT! Once a Dawg, always a Dawg.

SugarHillDawg

May 3rd, 2012
3:53 pm

Please tell me Dooley is talking about the new head football coach next year!!!!

truedawg

May 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

Billy Payne… let it be so!!
Adams wasn’t evil, or a saint. Good and bad. I don’t care what Dooley has to say on the matter. Like Admas, Dooley wasn’t all good, and should have stoped coaching a few years before he did. Both men are full of themselves and think they are bigger than UGA. Like eating fish..its good if you spit out the bones! Go Dawgs!!

Rise Up!

May 3rd, 2012
3:56 pm

Adams gone = good riddance

UGA Insider

May 3rd, 2012
3:59 pm

If you were an alumni of UGA you would understand why Payne would want this job. He is the type visionary that could make a lasting mark for generations to come at this school.

truedawg

May 3rd, 2012
4:00 pm

Why does a Brown eye, I mean buck eye care about UGA?? I will say this, you have never seen and will never see a Coach from UGA punch an opposing player, becuase the coach can’t coach and his team is getting he tail kicked. Also, what does it say about a fan base when you idolize that idiot?? Go DAWGS!!!