Tag:Vince Dooley
Posted on: November 9, 2011 3:44 pm
 

National Football Foundation vacates AD award

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The John L. Toner Award, an annual honor given to athletic directors by the National Football Foundation, will not be awarded this year. The NFF announced in June that Penn State athletic director Tim Curley was going to accept the award; now that Curley is currently awaiting charges of perjury and failure to report child abuse, the NFF's announcement has been taken offline.

Here is the full statement issued by the NFF on Wednesday:

The National Football Foundation Executive Committee and the NFF Awards Committee announced today that the John L. Toner Award will not be presented at this year's NFF Annual Awards Dinner, and it will be vacated in 2011. 

Previous winners of the award include Texas' DeLoss Dodds, Ohio State's Gene Smith, and Georgia's Vince Dooley.

Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 4:45 pm
 

Barbara Dooley: Son to coach Vols for '25 years'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen



If it's the week of the Georgia-Tennessee game, that means it's time for the Dooleys to be in the headlines.

There's Bulldog coaching (and administrative) legend Vince; there's his son Derek, who we don't have to remind you is now coaching the rival Volunteers; and then there's Vince's wife/Derek's mother Barbara. Between the irresistible "house divided" angle and quotability of both the elder Dooley and his son, it's going to be a long time before the Dawgs and Vols get together without a flurry of Dooley-related coverage the week prior.

This week, of course, is no exception; here's one Derek interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for instance, where he admits he "bled red and black" as a child growing up in Athens. But maybe the best zinger in the interview comes, indirectly, from Barbara, who Derek says told him his new orange pants are "awful-looking." When reminded that Vince wore red pants on the sidelines, she replied "yeah, but that’s red."

But if Barbara hasn't yet come around to Volunteer orange or her son's fashion choices, that doesn't mean Derek doesn't have her full support ... and then some. For evidence, look no further than Barbara's unscheduled appearance on an Athens radio show Thursday morning. Upon hearing a pair of Knoxville-based sportswriters discussing Derek's presence on (or absence from) the proverbial "hot seat," Barbara drove to the station, walked into the studio, and let her feelings on her son's job status be known. Via the AJC, an excerpt:

Barbara: “I want you to listen about my baby.”

Bryant: “You have to hurry because we’ve got a congressman standing by.”

Barbara: “Well, he can just wait. Football is important.

Let me say this: Derek Dooley walked into kind of a mess. Florida, [coach Will Muschamp] walks into talent just oozing out of their ears. Jimbo Fisher walks into [Florida State] with talent. And y’all are telling me that Derek Dooley is on the damn hot seat? Are you crazy?”

... You’ve got Mama’s rile up now, buddy. Did you know [Derek] played 17 freshman against Florida?”

Hooker: “Absolutely.”

Barbara: “I just want you to be nice and fair and know that you probably have the best coach in the country and he’s going to be there 25 years.”

Somehow, we doubt Derek wants his mother barging into radio shows to take up for him, which would explain why -- even if she remains a veteran presence on Southern airwaves -- he's already asked her to limit her radio appearances.

But it could always be worse; next time she could bring her photo albums with her. We bet there's even a shot out there, somewhere, where Derek's wearing red pants.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Vince Dooley won't be attending Georgia/Tennessee

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Vince Dooley spent 25 seasons roaming the sidelines at Georgia before becoming the school's athletic director, and has seen many games played at Sanford Stadium.  He will not be spending his Saturday in Athens this week, however, when his son Derek Dooley brings the Volunteer's to town.  The elder Dooley has gone to three of his son's first five games with Tennessee -- though he didn't attend the latest Les Miles magic trick -- but this one just doesn't feel right.

While his wife, Barbara, will likely be attending the game Vince is content to sit at home on the couch and watch it on television.

"They've got those high-tech TV cameras, and they can find you, but I'm going to be at home. I'm going to pull for my son, but I'm not going to pull for him at Sanford Stadium," Dooley said Monday. "I spent 40 years at the school, so that's the last thing I'm going to do."

The conflict of interest is obvious, so it's hard to blame Dooley for not wanting to attend the game in person.  Plus, by staying home and watching on television he's afforded the opportunity to change the channel.  Who wants to watch a four-hour funeral?
 
 
 
 
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