University of Georgia

Legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley hospitalized

ATHENS, Ga — Legendary Georgia Bulldogs football coach Vince Dooley is hospitalized with a “mild case” of COVID-19, UGA confirmed to Channel 2′s Alison Mastrangelo.

The school says Dooley, 90, is hospitalized with a mild case of COVID-19. The school could not confirm any additional details.

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.

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

Dooley retired in June 2004 at the age of 71 after a very controversial power struggle with the university’s president.

In 2019, UGA officially named the field at Sanford Stadium after Dooley.

“I never got into the conversation. I thought maybe one day, after I’m gone, it might happen,” Dooley told Channel 2 at the time. “It will be a great tribute to the players that I had the good fortune of coaching and the coaches that I worked with and the staff, people, my family.”


Channel 2 Action News is working to learn more about Dooley’s condition.

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