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ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 7: Vince Dooley alongside his wife and Jere Morehead, is honored as the field name of Dooley Field is announced prior to the start of the game against the Murray State Racers at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

A public celebration honoring the life of legendary former University of Georgia head football coach Vince Dooley will be held on Friday night in Athens, Georgia. The event is open and free to the public. The clear bag policy will be in effect.

The event will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. You can watch the celebration here.

Coach Dooley passed away on Oct. 28, 2022 at the age of 90. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia and Alabama Sports Halls of Fame, Dooley is Georgia’s winningest football coach with 201 victories, six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship in his 25 years leading the Bulldogs (1964-88). He was also the recipient of numerous awards for his service as director of athletics over a 25 year tenure (1979-2004).

“Coach Dooley meant so much to this University and the Athens Community,” J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks said. “This will be a tremendous opportunity to honor a man who meant the world to so many of us. Georgia Athletics wanted to give Bulldog fans a chance to pay tribute to Coach Dooley, and this is a great way to do that.”

 The family requests memorials to the following organizations:

  • University of Georgia Libraries, 320 South Jackson Street, Athens, GA 30602
  • The Georgia Historical Society Vincent J. Dooley Distinguished Fellows Program, One Baltimore Place NW, Suite G300, Atlanta, GA 30308
  • Champions Community Foundation, 2850 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
  • The Catholic Center at the University of Georgia, 1344 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605.



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