Vince Dooley, former Georgia coach and AD, reportedly hospitalized
Vince Dooley, the legendary former Georgia football coach and longtime UGA athletic director, is reportedly in the hospital. Chip Towers of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares that Dooley is dealing with a mild case of COVID-19. A Georgia spokesperson told Towers that it is expected to only be a brief hospital stay for Dooley.
On Sept. 4, Dooley turned 90. The following Saturday, Georgia football played its 2022 home opener. During halftime, the Sanford Stadium sang along to “Happy Birthday.”
Sanford Stadium serenading Vince Dooley with “Happy Birthday” at halftime in Athens pic.twitter.com/dxG03tgXBg
— Brian Gebhardt (@brian_gebhardt) September 10, 2022
Dooley coached Georgia from 1964-to-1988, posting a 201-77-10 record. Under Dooley, the Bulldogs won 6 SEC titles (1966, ’68, ’76, ’80, ’81, ’82) and the 1980 national championship.
After stepping away from coaching, Dooley focused on his role as Georgia’s athletic director. He held that position until 2004.
Dooley has been an active author in his later years. He missed his regularly-scheduled Saturday appearance at the UGA Bookstore ahead of the Dawgs’ game against SEC rival Auburn.
Hopefully, Dooley has a quick recovery and is back at the bookstore soon.