Our view: A nice honor, but Dooley earned more

Sometimes you can make a decision that is only partly right, which is what the University of Georgia did this past week when the state Board of Regents agreed to name a group of athletic facilities in honor of former football coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.

Dooley, who led the Bulldogs to the 1980 national title, deserves the honor and the statue of him being hoisted on his players' shoulders that is planned to highlight a garden plaza near the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall and Spec Towns Track. But it is wrong that the group of facilities bearing Dooley's name won't include the football stadium, where he ruled the sidelines from 1964 to 1988.

Yes, Sanford Stadium already has a namesake. But Sanford-Dooley Stadium would be fitting, and the hyphenated name isn't unprecedented. The University of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium is just one example. Another option would have been to name the field after Dooley, similar to Georgia Tech's Grant Field at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Dooley also was athletic director from 1979 to 2004, and his successful tenure in that job makes it appropriate that a group of facilities will be called the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex.

But the man's biggest triumphs came at the place that should bear his name in some form. A football coach of Dooley's stature - he won 201 games and six SEC titles at Georgia - should be honored at the football stadium.

One of Dooley's former players, quarterback Buck Belue, said it's only fitting that the statue of Dooley that depicts the coach being carried off the field after winning the national title should be erected next to the stadium, where huge crowds could admire it on game days. Unfortunately, it will not be.

The University of Georgia has honored the right man, just not in the best way.


This past week saw some young women at local high schools who deserve to be recognized. Thumbs up go to:

· Tori Rodriguez, a senior at Mill Creek. Rodriguez organized a drive called Prom-o-rama, in which dresses were donated to the Foster Children's Foundation so foster children would have a dress to wear to prom.

The idea, which caught on at other schools as well, led to Rodriguez being honored as the Foster Children's Foundation Volunteer of the Year. She was honored at Mill Creek on Tuesday in a ceremony attended by Georgia's first lady, Mary Perdue.

· The Duluth varsity girls basketball team. After a 32-year drought, the girls team is headed to the state tournament after earning a berth this week at the Region 7-AAAAA tournament

The program has had some rough times over the past few seasons but is playing well this year under head coach Jeremy Huckaby. It is nice to see the perseverance of the girls in the program being rewarded.

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