Originally created 06/27/04

Vince Dooley timeline



Some significant dates in the life of the former Bulldogs football coach.

1932: Born Sept. 4 in Mobile, Ala.

1954: Graduated from Auburn University with a degree in business management after playing football and basketball for the Tigers.

1956: After serving in the Marines, returns to Auburn as an assistant football coach.

1963: Hired as Georgia's football coach in December at age 31.

1964: The Bulldogs go 7-3-1 in Dooley's first season, beating Texas Tech in the Sun Bowl.

1966: Georgia wins the first of six Southeastern Conference championships under Dooley.

1968: The Bulldogs win another SEC title, going undefeated in the regular season with two ties. However, they lose to Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.

1976: "Junkyard Dawgs" lead Georgia to its third SEC championship of the Dooley era. The Bulldogs are routed by Tony Dorsett and Pittsburgh in the Sugar Bowl.

1977: Dooley endures the only losing season of his career when Georgia goes 5-6.

1979: He takes on additional role of athletic director. Team finishes 6-5.

1980: Georgia signs high school star Herschel Walker, who transforms the team into a 12-0 powerhouse. The Bulldogs move to No. 1 when Lindsay Scott's memorable 93-yard touchdown play beats Florida. They win the SEC championship, then wrap up their first national title with a Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame. Dooley considers an offer to return to Auburn but decides to stay with the Bulldogs.

1981: Georgia wins its second-straight SEC championship.

1982: The Bulldogs win their third-straight SEC title and the last of Dooley's career. The Bulldogs go 11-0 in the regular season, and Walker becomes the second Georgia player to win the Heisman Trophy. Hopes for another national title are dashed with a 27-23 loss to Penn State in the Sugar Bowl.

1983: Walker gives up his final year of eligibility to sign with the USFL. Georgia goes 10-1-1 but a loss to Auburn gives the SEC title to the Tigers and signals a shift of power in the conference.

1985: Dooley considers a run for U.S. Senate but decides to remain as coach. Georgia is placed on one-year probation for recruiting violations by school boosters.

1986: Georgia is rocked by a lawsuit from former remedial-English instructor Jan Kemp, who claimed athletes received favorable treatment in the classroom. She settles for $1.08 million during the appeals process.

1988: Dooley retires as coach after his 25th season. The Bulldogs go 9-3 and defeat Michigan State 34-27 in the Gator Bowl, his final game. Former Georgia quarterback Ray Goff is picked as his replacement.

1989: Gives up his plan to run for governor, saying he lacks "total commitment." Remains at the university as athletic director.

1995: Goff is fired after seven seasons, unable to match Dooley's success. Kansas' Glen Mason is hired but changes his mind after a few days. Division I-AA coach Jim Donnan is hastily brought in.

2000: Donnan, whose teams had lost to rival Georgia Tech three years in a row, is fired at the urging of university president Michael Adams. Dooley wants to keep Donnan for another year, but goes along with the decision. Mark Richt is hired as Donnan's successor.

2001: Adams announces that Dooley has agreed to a 2-year contract extension, with the understanding that he will step down at the end of 2003. The retirement date is later pushed back to the middle of 2004.

2003: The men's basketball program is rocked by allegations from former player Tony Cole. Coach Jim Harrick is forced to resign, and Dooley pulls the team out of both the SEC and NCAA tournaments. Dooley asks for a contract extension; Adams turns him down. Dooley supporters launch protests calling for the president's ouster.

2004: Dooley will step down as athletic director June 30. He will remain with the school for one year as a fund-raiser.