Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium Initiative

I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but a number of Coach Dooley’s former players have been organizing an effort to have the football field named in his honor.  This was emailed to me and I’m reprinting it here in its entirety:

Please pass this attached information along to all of your club members if you would like to help ensure that this initiative gets approved…and soon! At the end of Tim Callaway’s note are the names and addresses of 4 key leaders who need to be encouraged via a letter writing campaign to make this happen.



Stuart Mosher

UGA Football ’64, ’65, ’66, ‘67


I have been in contact with many others who are much more influential than I. A lot is going on behind the scenes, but it has become evident that there are certain powers that are not convinced that this is a big deal on the state level. We as players are up in arms but it is not getting as much attention as we would like. People who I have spoken to have agreed that a LETTER  WRITING CAMPAIGN is a good idea. Emails can be deleted, but paper requires attention.


If you want to help, pls send letters to the following. I suggest one page briefly stating your UGA experience, Coach Dooley’s impact on you, your post playing accomplishments and the need/ obligation for UGA and the State to honor his impact on both.  Those such as Lawhorne who have written eloquently on the subject should attach those documents.


There are only 70 addresses here. Please send this to friends, family, teammates to join in. We cannot use the G Club to do this for us since the club is part of the Athletic department. We want this, and to get it, we have got to do the work. It is the start of the 4th quarter, and we have to start driving–the clock is literally ticking, please act now.


Addresses below. Suggest letters addressed to the President with copies to everyone else.


Dr Jere Morehead

Office of the President

University of Georgia

Administration Building

220 S. Jackson St.

Athens, Ga 30602-1661


Don Waters

Chairman, Board of Regents

Waters Capital Partners, LLC

200 E Julian Street, Ste 100

Savannah, Ga 31401


Gov. Brian Kemp

Office of the Governor

Ste, 203

206Washington Street

State Capitol

Atlanta, Ga. 30334


Greg Mc Garity

Director of Athletics, UGA

1 Selig Circle

Athens, Ga 30602


If you want to do something, this is it. You have to be heard. Please enlist non-players also.


Thanks, Tim Callaway, 67, 68, 69

2017 AJC Op-Ed Letter by Tommy Lawhorne                                      

A Modest Proposal

On September 4, 1932, Vincent Joseph Dooley inhaled his first breath in Mobile, Alabama, where he lived his childhood years.   A good athlete, he was awarded a football scholarship to Auburn University where he played quarterback for Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan. On the Plains, he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in history, but he managed to overcome that unfortunate academic experience. He has been bestowed with many, many awards and honors through the years. Vince Dooley served as head football coach at the University of Georgia from 1964 to 1988. He was also Athletic Director in Athens from 1979 to 2004. His football teams won six SEC championships and a national championship in 1980, when he was selected as National Coach of the Year. Five times he was SEC Coach of the Year.  He has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame, and UGA Circle of Honor. In 2011, the Georgia Historical Society selected Coach as Trustee. He has won the Amos Alonzo Stag Award and the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, given by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. His community service has been sustained and conscientious, with yeoman efforts rendered for the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Heart Fund and Georgia Easter Seals Society.  The above list highlights only a few of his honors and achievements.

A coach is essentially a teacher, and there are many of us who are most grateful our lives intersected with Vincent J. Dooley in Athens. From the outset the relationship was very vertical and coach’s posture was all business: tough, laconic, strict and fair. He was held in such reverence that I, for one, was hesitant to talk to him or look him in the eye, if I were alone.  It is interesting and intuitive that the difference in ages 32 and 18 is more than the difference between 84 and 70.  He emphasized, of course, the fundamentals of blocking and tackling, as well as the synergy of team. Immediately before every game, he would review several principles or rules, and he always concluded with, “We are all for one and one for all.” During my senior year, I remember walking onto the plane in transit to Lexington and seeing Coach Dooley reading a history anthology; I mused then that few college football coaches would be reading a history text before a big game. He was and is a cut above.  In his personal life, he has been a devoted husband and father, and a man of faith–though he would never wear his religion on his sleeve. He and his wife Barbara (a character herself) have parented four alliteratively named progeny: Derek, Deanna, Daniel, and Denise.

As the years have progressed, he has taught us how to grow old and how to ‘retire.’ Coach has many and varied interests. Heck, he still arises daily at 6:00 a.m. for exercise and often audits university classes. How many college coaches are horticultural experts or Civil War scholars? Vince Dooley is an exceptional man; indeed, intellectually curious, he is a Renaissance man who

has authored several acclaimed books.  Naturally, at age 84, Coach Dooley has endured a few routine health issues and recovered from all with aplomb.  This man exudes character.  I have seen him blame himself for a below par showing of a Georgia team, stop and give an autograph to a shabbily dressed kid, or walk into a noisy room of players–immediately there is absolute silence.  Goethe wrote, “Talents are nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” Each game Coach Dooley’s work was displayed publicly in full view of 90,000 cheering or jeering spectators, radio broadcasts, and television cameras.  Daily he quietly displayed his character to his colleagues and players.

Winning is an almost sacred tenet in football, but some losses are inherently inevitable. Coach Dooley emphasized winning with grace and losing with dignity.   One of his favorite aphorisms was, “Games are won and lost on third down.”  Yet, this coach has taught us more than the subtleties of football; this coach has taught us about about life.   As his players have scattered into various walks of life to pursue different goals, we have forgotten our assignments on a Split-60 defense against a Pro-I formation with the ball on the hashmark in the fourth quarter, with a 10-3 lead.  Yet, we shall forever remember those intangible lessons instilled in us: hard work, perseverance, “third effort,” sanctity of the team.   There are hundreds of us who cherish our times on the gridiron with Coach Dooley; and, I daresay, there are hundreds of thousands of Georgia fans who are proud Vince Dooley was there in Athens as our coach for a quarter of a century. The nexus of our relationship in those early years was intense reverence, akin to fear, which has now evolved into a more powerful four-letter emotion–love.  Indeed, we love you, Coach…and Happy Birthday!

Many area universities have honored iconic coaches with the naming of athletic venues: Vaught-Hemingway, Jordan-Hare, Bryant-Denny, Williams-Brice, Neyland. There are numerous precedents. In fact, in April, 1988, the Georgia Board of Regents named Bobby Dodd Stadium at Grant Field. This is a wonderful recognition of Georgia Tech’s great football coach Bobby Dodd, whose record (22 years, 165-64-8, .713) is not quite as good as Dooley’s (25 years, 201-77-10, .715).  The time has come to honor Coach Dooley by naming the field on the UGA campus ‘Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium.’  Doing so would properly honor his immeasurable contributions to the University of Georgia.

Tommy Lawhorne, the author, is a vascular surgeon who practices in Columbus, Georgia. He played football for UGA in 1964-67 and was defensive co-captain in 1967. He was valedictorian of the 1968 graduating class and received his medical education at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has served as a member of the UGA Athletic Board and UGA Foundation.

Huckaby: Time to name field at Sanford Stadium in honor of Vince Dooley



By Darrell Huckaby

Posted Mar 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM


Familiarity breeds contempt. Or it doesn’t.

Enter Vincent Joseph Dooley.

He was my boyhood hero. He came to Athens in 1964 to become the head football coach at UGA. I was 12 — prime time for worshipping athletic heroes. Coach Dooley took my beloved Bulldogs from the depths of despair — 3 wins, 3 wins and 4 wins over the three years preceding his arrival — to a 7-3-1 season and a win over All America Donny Anderson and the Texas Tech Red Raiders in his inaugural campaign. Georgia beat Florida that year. First time in five tries. Georgia beat Georgia Tech that year. First time in four tries. Instant nirvana Between the Hedges.

Two years later, Dooley’s Dogs would win the SEC title for the first time since 1959: a seven-year drought. The 1966 championship season included wins over Florida, Auburn and a third-straight win over the Enemy from North Avenue. Georgia would go on to defeat SMU in the Cotton Bowl and finish fourth in the land.

Dooley would continue to coach my beloved Georgia Bulldogs for another 22 seasons — 25 in all. His teams would win 201 games against only 77 losses with 10 ties. His teams would win the Southeastern Conference — where it just means more — six times, including three in a row from 1980-82. In 1980, the Dogs were the “undisputed and untied, undefeated and undenied champions of college football.” Yes, the inimitable Dan Magill coined that phrase.

Dooley brought Georgia to a sustained position of national prominence in college football they hadn’t enjoyed since Wally Butts was the coach during and just after World War II. And when Dooley decided it was time to step down as head football coach, he remained as athletic director for 15 more years, building Georgia into one of the top all-around programs in the nation. He always lead with grace, dignity, integrity and honor.

I admired Dooley from afar for a long, long time and appreciated his efforts on behalf of my alma mater. And then I got to know him on a much more personal level. The adage referenced at the top of my column to the contrary, the more I got to know Dooley, the more my respect for the man grew.

Over the past five years, he and I have travelled together across most of Europe. Sometimes our mutual friend, Gary Hill, joined us. Sometimes our wives, Barbara and Lisa, have been along — making life on the road quite interesting. But we have spent many days, traveled thousands of miles and visited remarkable historical sites, such as Hitler’s Wolf Lair and the horrible death camp at Auschwitz all alone — just the two of us.

You learn an awful lot about a man when you travel with him in close quarters over a long period of time. 24/7 is a lot of time to spend together. It could be easy to grow weary of a companion and to have his faults and annoyances easily exposed.

Except not with Dooley. He is the same person day after day after day. He is a gentleman, through and through — polite to each and every person he encounters, no matter the capacity. He is a brilliant conversationalist, and one of the most well-rounded and intelligent people I know. He loves to talk about three things primarily — his family, flowers and history. He doesn’t talk about football much, unless prompted, but can call upon his near eidetic memory to regale an audience of one or of hundreds with story after story of players and games and seasons past.

Dooley always beats me to breakfast in the morning, sets a strong and steady pace all day and after I turn in, stays up late into the night reading and learning about what we had seen that day or would see on the morrow.

And he never stops being an ambassador for the University of Georgia. He is recognized all over the world. We have had people stop us from Normandy to Warsaw to Amman, Jordan, and he is always happy to pose for pictures, sign an autograph, hug a neck and give a “Go Dawgs” to everyone he meets.

All that to say that Dooley is truly the most remarkable man I have ever spent time with. He continues to represent our institution with warmth and grace and to bring glory to old Georgia. And it is way past time his accomplishments and contributions were recognized in a proper and permanent way.

On Sept. 4, Dooley will turn 87. On Sept 21, Georgia will host Notre Dame in Sanford Stadium. Yeah, that Notre Dame. Sugar Bowl. New Orleans, Jan. 1, 1981. Georgia 17. Irish 10.

That needs to be the first game played on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. We don’t need to wait any longer. It needs to be done now. Not posthumously in another generation.

Get behind this. Please. We can make it happen.

If nothing else, were this to become a reality, it would piss off Michael Adams to no end.  There’s something to be said for that.



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83 responses to “Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium Initiative

  1. Biggus Rickus

    The guy gave, what, 40 years of his life to the football and athletic program. It seems fitting to me to name the field after him.

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    Call me a cynic, but I would think that if TPTB at UGA were interested in adding a Dooley field to the Sanford name, they would have done so sometime over the past 30+ years since Vince’s retirement. In other words, that ship has long since sailed IMO.

    Barring an intense pulic groundswell, the only future remaming that will be taking place will be on the grounds of some corporate or donor financial gift, not a coach that exited under less than ideal circumstances as AD.


  3. 79Dawg

    No. Stop renaming stuff; find some new stuff to name…

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  4. Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

    Sanford Stadium. There is a brevity there that is refreshing in comparison to other schools with their ridiculously named stadiums. Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffen Stadium. Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Vaught-Hemingway. Bryant-Denny. Jordan-Hare. They are sound ridiculous because hyphenates are ridiculous, as are name the field AND the stadium.

    Sanford Stadium. The simplicity rolls off the tongue. He’s the man who got the stadium built. That’s why it’s named after him. Vince did a lot for Georgia football, for sure, but while he helped add additions to the stadium, he didn’t build it. Dr. Sanford did. And that includes the field inside the stadium.

    A big fat no for me.

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    • Coach K didn’t build the court at Cameron, but the court is named for him. It’s still called Cameron Indoor Stadium. The tribute to Coach K is a simple painted area of the court. A similar tribute to Coach Dooley without renaming everything would be fitting.


      • whb209



        • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

          You keep using that word (perfect). I do not think it means what you think it means.


      • 81Dog

        Thomas, do you want us to name a piece of the court at Duke for Coach Dooley? I get confused easily. 😅

        We should name something for CVD, the bridge plaza or the super-duper recruiting area or maybe the indoor complex. I think a lot of CVD, but I don’t like hyphenated long names. Not for stadiums, not for airports, not for anything. There should be an appropriate way to significantly honor CVD without the whole Dooley Field near Richt End Zone at Donnan Goal Posts AT Sanford Stadium thing. YMMV, but for me? No thanks.


        • The IPF is already named for the Payne family.

          You can name the field Dooley Field and paint it tastefully down a small part of the southwest and northeast (or the southeast and northwest) sidelines.

          I’m using how Duke has honored Coach K as an example. Similarly, Kansas has done the same thing to honor James Naismith on the court at Allen Fieldhouse.

          It wouldn’t be something hyphenated or extended … it’s still Sanford Stadium.


          • 81Dog

            Just kidding, I understood. I don’t begrudge anyone their opinion, I’d just do it a different way. Pretty sure Mcgarity isn’t asking me, so whatever the money guys say is most likely the result! I agree CVD deserves to be honored!


    • Mick Jagger

      ^ Exactly.


    • playmakers in space

      Agree with this. No hyphenating. No naming fields.

      Unless it’s Mark Richt Field at BDS in Atlanta.

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  5. bwaredogs

    “Martha Williams eventually married Thomas Brice, who played football for the University of South Carolina in the early 1920s. After the couple passed away in 1969, their nephews Phil and Tom Edwards became executors of the estate. Their aunt said she wanted to give some of the money to the University of South Carolina.

    “The problem was the amount of money involved was so large that they literally had to go to the United States Congress and get them to pass an act for the IRS to take the charitable deduction,” says Good.

    Expansion of what was the Carolina Stadium took place from 1971 to 1972. Afterwards on September 9th, the stadium was dedicated to what is now known as Williams Brice Stadium.”

    Maybe Coach Dooley (or his former players) could pay to have his name on the field?


  6. illini84

    “Robert Carl Zuppke (July 2, 1879 – December 22, 1957) was an American football coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign from 1913 until 1941, compiling a career college football record of 131–81–12. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, Zuppke coached his teams to national titles in 1914, 1919, 1923, and 1927. Zuppke’s teams also won seven Big Ten Conference championships. While at the University of Illinois, Zuppke was a member of the Alpha-Gamma Chapter of Kappa Sigma. Among the players Zuppke coached at Illinois was Red Grange, the era’s most celebrated college football player. The field at the University of Illinois’s Memorial Stadium is named Zuppke Field in his honor. Zuppke is credited for many football inventions and traditions, including the huddle and the flea flicker. In 1914, he reintroduced the I formation.[1]


  7. Bright Idea

    Just naming the field for him is a compromise by these players trying to get something done. The power players that can make this happen are all jealous of Dooley and have been for years. He never sucked up to them at the expense of anyone else and this is their payback. It should be Sanford-Dooley Stadium IMO but I’ll believe even field getting his name when I see it. Can’t let the “football crowd” have their way. Forget the AD taking a stand.


  8. Russ

    Makes perfect sense to me. Not that they care what I think, but I’ll write a letter or two. Thanks for posting this, Senator.


  9. stoopnagle

    Letter writing? I thought they were paying a bit more attention. They should be fund-raising.


    • stoopnagle

      Also, the response they’ll get is that the entire “Athletic Complex” is named for VD. He’s even got a big ass statue right there on Lumpkin. And that naming the “Athletic Complex” for him is a greater honor because of his wider work as AD. (Right or wrong, I’m making no judgement.)


      • Macallanlover

        Agree, they have done enough. I feel he did better as an AD than he did as a coach. I admit he stepped it up when he came to Athens, we were in bad shape at that point and he raised the bar. But he wasn’t all that great as a HC. Remember he only had to play 6 conference games at that time, and had no SECCG to contend with. (You had co-champs then as a result.) His offenses were abysmal, even by that era’s standards, and without the HW years he was really pretty pedestrian. A statue and an athletic complex is generous enough, imo. I like Vince personally, but he wasn’t a great coach,and he left us in a lurch with his sudden departure with no succession plan in place.


        • Bob

          I wouldn’t call him a great coach, but I also would say that he had to contend with a guy named Bryant for SEC titles. No one else in that era matched his 6 SEC titles. Also, look at their non conference schedules. Almost never saw a Troy or New Mexico State or Middle Tennessee or whatever on the schedule. In addition to those 6 SEC games he faced South Carolina, Clemson and Tech every year. And just how do you “eliminate the 34” years? His staff recruited 34 last I recall.


          • Macallanlover

            I didn’t say eliminate them, just said they distort what was served to the fans. Those years were an aberration to what UGA fans experienced. While Bryant was there part of the time when Dooley was, the SEC didn’t have the title game to insure you were tested for the right to be called champion.


  10. j

    Why not “Herschel Walker Field”? Without Herschel, Dooley was a 7 or 8 win coach with a bad bowl record. Dooley’s winning percentage, including the Herschel years, was 69% and his bowl record was 8-10-2. Take out the Herschel years and the winning percentage drops to 66% but his bowl winning percentage would actually go up as he would be 7-8-2 in bowls excluding the Herschel years. By comparison, Richt’s winning percentage was 74% and his bowl record was 9-5.

    I’m not a fan of honoring relative mediocrity. Why not name the field for Wally Butts? Butts had four conference championships and a national championship and was considered an innovator in his use of the forward pass.

    Leave the name Sanford Stadium,

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    • playmakers in space

      Criticize Dooley’s “mediocrity” while advocating on behalf of Butts. Interesting.

      The 1950s were the nadir of UGA football.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I don’t have a strong opinion either way on the naming, I actually would probably shy away from renaming. That said, how many 1-AA type teams did Dooley play during his tenure as Coach at UGA? And when he was there, for the most part, getting to a bowl was a big accomplishment…there were not nearly as many bowls…hard to compare the two era’s…IMHO..YMMV.


  11. Greg

    “Without Herschel, Dooley was a 7 or 8 win coach with a bad bowl record.”

    and you know this how???

    Without Saban’s recruits, what would his record be IYO?


    • Otto

      Recruiting is a large part of the job description…….


    • Normaltown Mike

      There’s no single player that made Saban’s team a champion the way Herschel did for Georgia in 80. This isn’t a slight of one or the other. Herschel elevated us so much, even though we had good teams. LSU/UA under Saban are built with countless outstanding players, but not single indispensable one.


      • Otto

        People keep posting that but Dooley was in the running for a title in ’76 just a few seasons before.’66 was another good year with 1 loss. I am a firm believer that if Erk stayed, Dooley had found his formula for a few national titles even after Herschel.


      • Greg

        1 =‘s a player, 22 =‘s a team. Recruiting is part of coaching, as well as building chemistry, game planning, molding and etc. Dooley was one of the best, not only at UGA…nationally also. His record & accomplishments speaks for itself.


  12. Erin

    Can we connect the dots to Leebern being removed from the Board of Regents to this campaign happening now? A reminder that the statue is on Lumpkin because folks wanted something for Dooley near the stadium, and Adams wouldn’t allow it.

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  13. The Georgia Way

    Rest assured, we will name the field after Coach Dooley if he is the highest bidder.


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  14. Muttley

    The “clock is literally ticking” comment bothers me. I hope that doesn’t mean anything.


  15. Nah. I get it and all, but what’s next….Richt Scoreboard at Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. I guess that leaves the concessions for Kirby.


  16. Debby Balcer

    Do it and do it now. He earned it. It will still be Sanford stadium.

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  17. 79Dawg

    One other thing to keep in mind, Vince and Babs have been/were big supporters of the Governor, which probably means it will happen, particularly if there is a whiff of public sentiment for it….


  18. PanayTheDasg

    $$$$ Name it “Built Ford Tough Field.” $$$$


  19. TXBaller

    I actually e-mailed McGarity (pro-Dooley)…..and received a reply. However, he never replied when I was dropping weekly UPS next day air letters on his desk requesting Richt be fired 🙂


  20. PanayTheDawg

    $$$$ Name it “Built Ford Tough Field.” $$$$


  21. Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

    The one question I’d like the people in favor of this ridiculous lengthening of a Stadium name that Dooley did not build (the field is inside and part of the stadium):

    Where does it end? Why doesn’t Wally Butts get his name somewhere, too?

    Kirby will win a national title, it’s a case of when not if. Where do you put his name?

    Herschel is just as responsible as Dooley for winning the 1980 National Title. You could also make the argument that Erk was just as responsible as Dooley, too. So why not put their names somewhere?

    This can all be avoided if B-M didn’t have their heads up their collective asses with regards to statues honoring national title winning coaches and Heisman winners. All the other SEC schools with national championship winning coaches and Heisman winners have paid for bronze statues to stand near or at the stadium.

    Why doesn’t Georgia? It’s ridiculous. We should have statues of Wally Butts, Vince Dooley, Frank Sinkwich, and Herschel Walker in Reed Plaza, explaining their exploits in leading Georgia to wonderous heights.

    Do this, and this ridiculous field or hyphenate situation goes away.

    It’s Sanford Stadium. It’s all it never needs to be. But I do agree with these former players: it’s beyond passed time to properly honor former Georgia greats. With statues.

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    • I love this. And it’s spot on.


    • Come to think of it UGA has a memorial in the stadium. All of them. why not just move the statues? It’s something that if done could be undone. But naming the field dooley can never be undone. Statues can be moved about overtime.


    • Macallanlover

      Nice post, agree totally. Statues are a better way to leave room for others in the future.. The only person who will never be surpassed is Herschel, everything else is just a temporary placeholder.


  22. No Axe To Grind

    How about Herschel Walker or Louis Grizzard? Or how about Dooley/Walker/Grizzard Field?


  23. Larry probably needs a spot too.


  24. CEPH

    No,no no,no No. Dooley is still stumbling around Athens with his hand out! Every time there is a UGA event there is always Dooley present with his damn books to sell. The Georgia-Florida weekend he is at Jekyll charging to have dinner with Vince. He’s like Jimmy Carter he needs to go away. Besides he only won 3 games out of ten against teams with a 50% or better winning record. NOT IMPRESSED!

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  26. Muttley

    I think they should honor Dooley by melting that ghastly statue.


  27. DawgPhan

    seems like those guys should be writing checks instead.


  28. Rocketdawg

    This should have been done a long time ago. Those of you who are bitching about “mediocrity” and how CVD wasn’t anything without Herschel are showing your age.


  29. Ricky McDurden

    He already has a statue and a garden in his honor… How about instead we find a permanent home for the really nice Herschel statue that seems to be floating aimlessly around Athens as it awaits a home somewhere on campus?

    Though it is interesting to know that, apparently, there has to be some sort of relevance/significance to the state’s interest for anything like this to come about?


  30. ugafidelis

    I say no simply because I don’t want to give the Barners a chance to say, “Ha! You named your field after an Auburn Grad!”

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  31. Malcolm X

    People should be dead for thirty years before you start naming things after them. Then you find out who really gives a crap. If nobody cares after a generation, the person was just a blip, like almost all of us.


  32. Tony Barnfart

    I hate even flirting with hyphenations (yes, I know it’s the field, not the stadium) and corporate’y sounding mouthfuls… just has a tacky feel to it, probably why damn near every SEC west team has done it.

    But if you go back into media archives, particularly The Red & Black, you’ll learn what a Herculean undertaking it was by Dr. Sanford to finally get the stadium. He came up with the genius of the location, despite its 21st century “flaws” of congestion, and was literally on an island by himself from a political and fundraising / financing point of view. He was the force behind every step of the process, from turning a wooded, flood prone ravine into a gorgeous stadium to the diplomacy needed to get the Rockefeller Republicans of Yale to agree to their first ever trip into a perceived backwater.

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  33. Hobnail_Boot

    I’m loathe to give them credit for anything, but this is one area that Tennessee gets it right.

    They have let the stadium with a singular name and found tasteful ways to honor other program luminaries, i.e: Peyton Manning Pass.

    I would have no issue with Sanford Drive being renamed “Dooley Drive” or whathaveyou.


    • Bulldog Joe

      Considering the shape their field is in, it’s a good thing Mr. Shields and Ms. Watkins aren’t around to see it.


  34. Anonymous

    The entire Athletics Complex on South Campus is named in Dooley’s honor. This was basically done to get people to shut up about adding his name to the stadium. I believe that he is also the only Athletics figure that has a statue on campus. They have named enough after the guy. Wally Butts and Harry Mehre have to share a building. Dan Magil gave more of his life to the University than anyone, and he only has a Tennis Complex. Steadman Sanford spent decades as a professor, founder of Grady College, Dean, President, etc. and had HUGE contributions to athletics (as Tony Barnfart mentions).

    I’m being facetious here, but Vince Dooley is an Auburn alumnus that originally agreed to leave for Auburn after the 1980 season. Him staying is why Erskine Russell went to Georgia Southern and is not in the Hall of Fame. This is why we had the Goff years.


    • Mayor

      Well since the opening has presented itself, the only reason CVD didn’t leave for Auburn was that the UGA Prez told him if he did, he couldn’t coach the bowl game. Dooley decided he probably wouldn’t get another shot at a natty if he left so instead reversed course and stayed. Had CVD left UGA had already decided to promote Erk. If Erk had been HC at Georgia there is no telling how many championships the Dawgs would have won in the 80s, 90s and beyond. The day CVD changed his mind and stayed is probably the unluckiest day for Georgia football in history. It opened the door to the Goff era and we are still recovering. Georgia with Erk at the helm likely would have done in the 80s and 90s what Bama has done since 2009.


      • Scorpio Jones, III

        I have heard variations on that story for years. It simply is not true. I am sure you were in the room with Vince and Fred, right?


  35. Scorpio Jones, III

    I will probably regret this, but is there anyone in this discussion who remembers Sanford Stadium before Dooley? The wooden bleachers in the North Stands, the wooden benches in the only deck there was? The one concession stand in the South Stands? And people complain about the bathrooms NOW!!!!!
    I am appropriately appreciative of the efforts of Dr. Sanford and recognize the effort it took to get the stadium started. But that’s what he did, get it started.

    The Sanford Stadium you see today is a far cry from that.

    The stadium you see today was built on Dooley’s success.

    By not honoring that you dishonor all of us.


    • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

      And he is properly honored. The entire athletics complex is named after him. As someone said above, he’s honored far more than any other person on campus, even those who were his equals (Butts).

      You dishonor yourself with your ridiculous hyperbole. Leave the rest of us out of it.


      • Scorpio Jones, III

        And you dishonor yourself with your ignorance.


        • Corch Irvin Meyers New USC Trojans Corch (2020)

          Again… leave the rest of us out of it.

          Saying not naming the field or stadium after Dooley is “dishonorable” shows you have no effing clue what the word actually means. That is ignorant.

          Use another word, or STFU.


  36. UGA '97

    This is a given, no brainer, long over due. No need to justify nor sell it. Throw in some statues too.


  37. Athens Dog

    Please God NO


  38. WNCDawg

    I don’t know about ya’ll but Smart concession stands does have a bit more appealing notion than the present state concessions. When and if the bathrooms are upgraded; How bout Adams-McGarity toilets and urinals………inspirational, Don’t you think ?