Most inside the program are pleased to talk about Saturday’s occasion of the University of Georgia naming its football field after Vince Dooley. Until, that is, the conversation turns to the politics that it took for it to happen.
Ask about that, and folks suddenly get quiet or vague…
No, Dooley has always prided himself on remaining “above the fray.” Now his wife, Barbara, she’s been known to jump down in there sometimes.
She did when asked about the matter.
“It’s only because of Don Leebern; that’s just the bottom line,” Barbara Dooley said this week. “I had no idea that man had so damn much power. But he did.”
“Vince and Don were very good friends for many years, and Don turned on him,” Barbara Dooley said. “And, man, when he turned, he turned. Of course, when he turned, I turned on him. Vince didn’t, but I did.”
Time wounds all heels, eventually.
I only wish Leebern and Michael Adams would present themselves at the ceremony this Saturday. I haven’t enjoyed a good boo at Sanford Stadium since… well, since Adams presided over his last Homecoming game.