Changing of the guard

It’s official — Don Leebern Jr. is no longer a member of the Board of Regents.

Leebern, a Columbus liquor magnate and wealthy benefactor, was the board’s second-longest-serving member in state history, and he’s been involved in every major decision involving the college system — particularly those involving his alma mater, the University of Georgia. He was first appointed to the board in 1991.

He also played a central part in the legendary feuds in the early 2000s over finances at UGA, siding with then-UGA president Michael Adams over Vince Dooley, who at the time was the school’s long-serving athletics director.

I’m guessing he won’t be in attendance at the season opener when the field is dedicated to Coach Dooley.  Funny how things play out sometimes.

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29 responses to “Changing of the guard

  1. John Denver is full of shit...

    The redcoats should hold a changing of the guard ceremony at the opener.

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  2. Brad

    Good riddance. He won’t be missed…

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  3. Don’t let the door hit you on the @$$ on the way out, Don.

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  4. Doug

    Could’ve used his position of influence to improve the student experience at UGA and make the athletics programs stronger. Instead he used it to carry out his personal vendettas. Whatever the opposite of a DGD is, that’s Leebern.

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    • Russ

      ^ This, exactly. As much as I complained about Adams, it was Leeburn that was pulling the strings and funding the disfunction. Good riddance.

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  5. 86BONE

    Bout fucking time…

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  6. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I never quite understood how he could be so influential – he was only ever one board member – did he just donate rubber $tamp$ for all the others? Did the others just sit by and let it happen? I don’t think we will ever really know. Hopefully, it is a change for the better. At the same time, it has seemed clear to most of us that McGarity was instructed by someone to hire Kirby, and if Leebern was part of that it atones for some of his other sins. I bet even Vince would say as much.

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  7. The Dawg abides

    No coincidence that Yoculan announced recently that she wouldn’t be helping with the gymnastics program anymore. Now just get Donnie3 off the Athletic Association board.

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  8. Cojones

    Would imagine he was against Dooley for the same reason as some of the other GOBs – he played for Auburn and had an undergrad degree from there, never mind that he received a Masters Degree from UGA.

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    • Bogart Double Dawg

      Read Rich Witt’s “Behind the Hedges” Cojones. It will explain that issue (among others) in fascinating detail. It is a real eye opener and explains a lot.

      I’ll tease the Dooley animus as laid out in the book, Barbara Dooley and Leeburn’s wife in Columbus were very close friends. The Dooleys and Leeburns apparently often did things together, went on vacations, etc. When Leeburn and his wife separated, but not divorced, it appears that Barbara stayed loyal to her friend. It goes from there….

      Really, find a copy and read it.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        100% accurate. To add, Barbara was quite vocal with her support of Mrs. Leeburn. Vince was AD when Leeburn began living with Suzanne Yoculan and Vince expressed displeasure with his employee(Yoculan) liviving with a married man while, at the same time, mentor8ng College women. Barbara pissed off Leeburn and Dooley pissed off Leeburn’s lover. Leeburn got revenge when his puppet would nor renew Dooley’s contract.

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        • ATL Dawg

          Wow…if this stuff is true, the Dooleys were completely out of line.

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          • There’s more to it than that. Leebern pushed Dooley to make Yoculan an assistant AD and Dooley wouldn’t go along with it. Same with Leebern trying to land the contract to supply bottled water at Sanford Stadium.

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            • ATL Dawg

              I’m not defending Leebern.

              Barbara was out of line being vocal about the Leebern’s relationship and Vince was out of line trying to tell Yoculan that she shouldn’t be living with a man separated from his wife.

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      • Russ

        You mean when Leeburn started banging Yoculan but wouldn’t divorce his wife….

        Back a few years ago, that was considered pretty trashy. Now it’s just SOP, I guess.

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      • Cojones

        Thanks, Bogart. I’ll find one. It used to irritate me when I’d hear someone speak as a football insider and tell about the B-M powers hashing Dooley over and their main objection was how he fawned over the first black UGA players beginning in ’67 (I think) and would link it to his supposed allegiance to Auburn. His first black player quit after his Freshman year and rumors flew that he had been ostracized by players. The guy requested an interview with The Red and Black and said that there was no animosity and he was quitting because he wasn’t good enough after watching the other players his first year and he wanted to make room for someone else. The next home game (after he had left the team) he was called upon at halftime to receive the academic award for Freshman athletes for the previous year. The trophy was the largest I’ve ever seen presented and to a thunderous cheer.
        My Law School and vet friend and I opined that it was a proud moment to be a Georgia Bulldog.

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      • siskey

        I ordered a copy from “PINES” (the Georgia Public Library system-which is excellent BTW) yesterday and look forward to reading it.

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  9. Well, I guess we know who’s getting the stadium beer contract now that’s there’s no conflict of interest.

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