Legendary UGA coach Vince Dooley released from hospital after COVID-19 case

ATHENS, Ga. — Legendary UGA coach Vince Dooley returned home from the hospital.

Dooley was hospitalized with a mild case of COVID-19 over the weekend. He plans to already be back on UGA sidelines this weekend.

“I’m grateful for all the cards, text messages, emails, and calls as well as the prayers and concerns,” Dooley said. “But I’m ready to go Saturday with my regular book signing session at the UGA Bookstore and certainly the homecoming game.”


Dooley is Georgia football’s winningest coach with a record of 201-77-10 during his 25-year career. He led the Bulldogs to six SEC championships and a national championship in 1980. Dooley coached UGA football until 1988.

During Dooley’s tenure as athletic director from 1979-2004, Georgia teams won 23 national championships and 78 SEC team championships. Dooley retired in 2004.

Dooley stayed in the hospital for a few days last October after he fell during a workout. Dooley underwent successful hip surgery for the injury.

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