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Monday, October 4, 2010

"A Dilemma" For Dooley

Vince Dooley said that he will be staying away from Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

His son Derek is the coach at Tennessee, but Dooley said it would be impossible for him to root against Georgia while inside Sanford Stadium

He called it, “a dilemma of mixed emotions.”

“I’m going to be in my home in my den watching the game on television,” Dooley. “There is no question I have to pull for my son. It is family first. It is a great dilemma, of course. But never the less, to not pull for Georgia in Sanford Stadium, there is no question I couldn’t do that. So I am staying away.”

Dooley was also asked about the state of the Georgia program. The Bulldogs are 1-4 for the first time since 1957, with three losses in the SEC. Coach Mark Richt is being criticized by Bulldogs’ fans that thought Georgia would be competing to win the SEC East this year.

“Any football coach is going to through some tough times,” Dooley said. “I don’t care who you are. Now, coach Richt has been very blessed in that respect.”

Dooley pointed out that Richt was at Florida State when it was one of the top programs in the county. Dooley also pointed out that Richt won a SEC Championship his second year at Georgia, and has been consistently winning 10 games a year, until recently.

“So he’s going through a tough time. That’s what happens,” Dooley said. “Four or five years ago, Joe Paterno had three losing seasons in four years at a place called Penn State. Bear Bryant went through his problems in the late 60s and very early 70s. Bobby Bowden ended up, even though what an incredible coach he was, his last few years at Florida State weren’t very pleasant.

“A coach has to address it, analyze it, make some decisions and go forward. And I sure he’ll do that.”

Dooley said that Georgia was very close in all its losses and believes it’s just a dip in the program.

“You need to be able to realize that while you aspire for the best, you’ve got to realize that’s not always possible,” Dooley said. “And you have to hang tough through the tough times. What’s the old saying? Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.”


Blue Gill said...

Tough times don’t last, but tough people do

Oh dear God. The sound of one hand fapping.

If platitudes made a bit of difference UGA would be the Alabama of the SEC

Anonymous said...

I agree tough people last, but CMR needs to make tough decisions and tough changes to prove he indeed is a tough person. I sure hope he does because I do believe he is the right person to lead our team.
He must revamp this program and keep players, current and future, buying in to what he has to sell. I think he can still turn things around and will, but it has to start somewhere and Saturday in Sanford Stadium would be a nice place to start.
I understand people are bashing him and the program right now, I think its mainly because of how much success and how few struggles UGA has seen in the last ten years. Its not as fun to root for a team struggling as it is one that is winning. Dont be to quick to forget all the things he has done for us.

Anonymous said...

You either pull for the Dawgs, or you don't, Vince.

Anonymous said...

Seth! That's at least twice now you've mentioned UGA being 1-4 for the first time since "1957"'re giving us too much credit. You must not have been around in the Goff era when we started 1-4 in 1993. Pushing back the facts 36 years is good and all but you should really get your facts correct...