Add former Georgia quarterback Buck Belue — the signal caller for UGA’s 1980 national championship team — to the list of alumni calling for the field at Sanford Stadium to be renamed in honor of former UGA coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.
Belue spoke about his feelings regarding Dooley as part of Thursday’s DawgNation Daily. A summary of what he had to say is also part of today’s edition of DN90.
Belue’s words come days after a number of former UGA stars were quoted in an Augusta Chronicle article on the subject.
College Football Hall of Fame Kicker Kevin Butler was among the players who spoke out on behalf of Dooley.
When I think of Georgia football I immediately think of Coach Dooley, Butler told the Chronicle. “He was a great coach and he had an everlasting effect on my life. He is certainly worthy of being honored in this way… I think everyone involved with Georgia would be proud to have the field named after Coach Dooley.”
It might be a stretch to say everyone connected with UGA wants this to occur. Almost all discussions about adding Dooley’s name seem to reference complicated politics. DawgNation’s Chip Towers explored some of those issues Sunday in a piece that included an interview with Dooley on possibly seeing his name added to the field.
The article references likely changes to the Board of Regents — the governing body that oversees UGA and other state institutions, and the entity that would approve any name change to Sanford Stadium — as a potential catalyst for commemorating Dooley’s 40-year tenure.
The AJC has also done extensive reporting on the political maneuvering that could soon end the term of three Board of Regents members — including influential UGA booster, and longtime Dooley nemesis, Don Leebern Jr.
Does that open the door for honoring Dooley? It’s still too early to know.
Either way, Belue thinks the change is long overdue.
To see what Belue had to say about Dooley, check out today’s edition of DN90 linked above.