Doo­ley ex­pected to miss Ge­or­gia opener

Fam­ily loy­al­ties to pull Doo­ley away from Dogs’ opener

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Charles Odum

ATHENS — Vince Doo­ley has at­tended ev­ery Ge­or­gia sea­son opener since his first game as head coach in 1964, but that streak will end at 43 years on Satur­day.

With some re­luc­tance, Doo­ley has de­cided to in­stead travel to Rus­ton, La., to watch his son, Derek, in his first game as Louisiana Tech’s coach.

Doo­ley said his wife, Bar­bara, cast the de­cid­ing vote for Louisiana Tech and fam­ily loy­al­ties.

“There was no doubt where she was go­ing to be,” Doo­ley said Tues­day. “I had a bit of a dilemma. Then she said, ‘You need to be there for your son.’”

That was that. Doo­ley would have to miss the Ge­or­gia-Oklahoma State game.

Doo­ley was Ge­or­gia’s coach from 1964-88 and served the school a to­tal of 41 years as coach and ath­letic di­rec­tor. He re­tired on June 30, 2004.

He was in­ducted into the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame in 1994.

The last Ge­or­gia home game that Doo­ley missed was in 1989, when he worked a game away from Athens for ESPN. He did at­tend the sea­son opener that year.

Doo­ley’s 75th birth­day is Tues­day.

Doo­ley is still hoarse but said he feels good af­ter com­plet­ing ra­di­a­tion treat­ments for a ma­lig­nant tu­mor in his throat. He said he has been told by doc­tors that the hoarse­ness is nor­mal and his voice should soon re­turn to

nor­mal.

“They said it’d get worse be­fore it got bet­ter, and it did,” Doo­ley said with a smile.

Doo­ley won 201 games, six South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships and one na­tional ti­tle in his 25 years as head coach.

Derek Doo­ley’s Louisiana Tech Bull­dogs will play Cen­tral Arkansas Satur­day, and he said he has sought ad­vice from his fa­ther.

Derek said he looks for­ward to hear­ing his fa­ther’s postgame re­view.

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