Vince Dooley was already immortalized in the minds of Georgia football fans everywhere, but on Saturday, the program forever etched his name on the field at Sanford Stadium.
“It was a very moving experience, a moving day,” Dooley said. “I’m thankful for all of the people that were part of making it happen, and all the people that share in this, which is the greatest thrill of all.”
The field between the hedges will now be called Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium.
Dooley served as the Bulldogs football head coach from 1964-1988 and led Georgia to its most recent National Championship in 1980. He also took the Bulldogs to six SEC titles and won SEC Coach of the Year five times.
In 25 seasons, Dooley compiled a 201-77-10 record. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. After leaving his coaching duties, Dooley served as the Georgia athletic director until 2004.
Watch Dooley’s entire post-celebration press conference below:
In the first quarter, Dooley was a guest in the ESPN broadcast booth. While the legendary coach was in the booth, Georgia allowed a touchdown and lost a fumble. As one could have expected, Dooley put back on his coaching hat and emphasized that the Bulldogs needed to remember anyone can beat anybody on any given day.
“Those kind of things will make me remember playing teams when you’re not ready to play and almost get beat, so we better turn it up a notch, because this (Murray State) team has great potential,” Dooley told the ESPN broadcasters.
Georgia and Murray State are tied, 7-7, at the end of the first quarter.