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Monday February 11, 2008

Chip Towers reports that

The executive committee of the Georgia Athletics Association Board of Directors will announce Monday that it will name the athletic facilities on the south campus after Dooley, the former football coach and athletic director.

I’ll be interested to hear the details. Are we re-naming the buildings, putting Dooley’s name on an imaginary “sports complex”, or what? If we’re talking about writing over names like Woodruff, Butts, Mehre, Towns, and Stegeman, I can’t imagine this going over well. (No, that’s not what’s happening – see below.)

UPDATE: Chip has revised his article to note that “the area of South Campus that houses most of the Bulldogs’ athletic facilities will be called the “Vince Dooley Athletic Complex.” OK, that makes more sense. The real tangible change will be a statue to honor Dooley.

The plan includes the construction of a garden plaza at the corner of South Lumpkin Street and Pinecrest Drive, adjacent to Butts-Mehre-Heritage Hall and Spec Towns Track on South Campus. The centerpiece of that plaza will be 14-foot-high, bronze statue of Dooley being lifted on the shoulders of two his players during the 1980 national championship season.

Cool. Still, as someone on the DawgVent pointed out, the “Vince Dooley Complex” almost sounds like a syndrome characterized by a coach who runs the ball a lot.

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