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Legendary former UGA coach talks football, history, gardening
by Savannah Weeks
August 09, 2012 11:44 AM | 1411 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former University of Georgia football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley told tales of coaching days, new ventures at Kennesaw State University and talked about the Olympics at the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce’s Georgia Power luncheon Aug. 2.

The Georgia sports legend has five books he is currently promoting. One is a children’s book, two are about the university, one is an autobiography and the last is about his latest venture in gardening.

Most recently, Dooley said he has been working with Kennesaw State University as a consultant to its new football program. School officials have said they expect to begin play in 2014.

“It’s exciting to see the development of a program and to see people as they look to the future of something that will bring excitement to students and campus,” Dooley said. “I’m proud to be an Owl.”

While on the subject of mascots, Dooley led into a story of mascot rivalry between Lousiana State University and the Bulldogs.

After Uga IV or V (Dooley was unsure which bulldog it was) passed out and suffered hearing loss from being out in the heat for five minutes one time, he accidentally made the LSU mascot “Mike,” a tiger, back down.

“Uga and Mike were both at about the 50-yard line,” Dooley said. “Mike comes up to the front of his cage and roars, and the LSU fans go crazy. Well, Uga didn’t even turn around. So Mike roars again and Uga turns around and barks at him, and Mike backs down and cowers at the back of his cage.”

Dooley reminisced of the time when Billy Payne, a former UGA athlete and law school graduate, told him about his idea to bring the Olympics to Atlanta.

The coach said he thought Payne was crazy, but Payne helped organize the effort and Dooley cried when it was announced Atlanta won the bid.

Dooley ended his speech with a quote by Bernard Edmonds that he used to inspire his players. He said it perfectly described what Payne did with the Olympics.

“To dream anything you want to dream — that’s the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to do — that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits — that is the courage to succeed.”

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