Renovation project ends up wrecking Dooley's Athens home

Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 8:08 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- People driving by Vince and Barbara Dooley's home in Athens are doing double-takes these days.

Most of Vince and Barbara Dooley's Athens home had to be demolished after asbestos, mold and other problems turned up during a basic remodeling project. The couple plan to rebuild and are living in their pool house for now.  Richard Hamm/ Morris News Service
Richard Hamm/ Morris News Service
Most of Vince and Barbara Dooley's Athens home had to be demolished after asbestos, mold and other problems turned up during a basic remodeling project. The couple plan to rebuild and are living in their pool house for now.

A basic home renovation that the Dooleys started this fall got more complicated than planned and forced the couple to demolish most of their house so they can rebuild it.

Vince Dooley, the former University of Georgia head football coach and athletic director, and Barbara Dooley, a radio talk show host, author and public speaker, have been living in their pool house behind the main brick structure since the project began.

Rubble now is piled between the two wings of the house that workers were able to save, but the Dooleys' contractor had to level the white-pillared center portion of their home - a job that wasn't part of the original plan.

"(The main house) is gone, and it looks like a bomb hit," Barbara Dooley said. "We started a remodeling project about a month ago, but it has turned into a major demolition and renovation because once the work started, they began discovering the little secrets of a 1950s house."

Those "little secrets" included asbestos in the walls and mold, which compelled the Dooleys to raze the house and start over.

The wings - additions built in the mid- to late-1990s - don't have the same problems and were saved, Barbara Dooley said.

The remodeling was going to involve the entire house, but tearing down the main portion and rebuilding it turned out to be cheaper than trying to renovate it, she said.

The gaping space on the home site - the location of the Dooleys' home is well-known in and around Athens - has generated a big buzz in the community.

"It's caused a lot of conversation around the town," Dooley said.

Her husband joked that a "disgruntled UGA alumnus had finally found him," she said.

The Dooleys expect work to finish up next spring. In the meantime, they plan to enjoy a cozy Christmas in the pool house - or "the honeymoon cottage," as Dooley affectionately calls

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charliemanson
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charliemanson 12/18/09 - 09:27 am
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Dooleys should be glad they

Dooleys should be glad they had the funds to rebuild. The poor suckers of the world would had to breathe that crap until they were dead.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 12/18/09 - 10:26 am
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In the honeymoon cottage,

In the honeymoon cottage, Vince can still be heard occassionally saying to Barbara, Let's do it like the dawg's!

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 12/18/09 - 10:29 am
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We once had to enjoy

We once had to enjoy Christmas in our living room because the Great room was unaccessible because we were adding a sunroom! Does that count?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/18/09 - 11:23 am
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I feel sorry for these folks,

I feel sorry for these folks, but this didn't just happen this morning. And how is it breaking news?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/18/09 - 11:48 am
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Sometimes, JohnQ, there is

Sometimes, JohnQ, there is enough space left over after all the genuine "breaking" news to add human interest or feature-type stories that might appeal to the target market. There's nothing nefarious or maladroit going on here. You haven't been cheated of your rights to get "real" news, so lighten up and enjoy the season.

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Riverman1 12/18/09 - 01:37 pm
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LOL.....But since we are just

LOL.....But since we are just chatting about human interest stuff...I have a question. Wasn't Vince Dooley married before and got a divorce while head coach? I know he has been married a long time to this wife and it must have been in the 60's. Did he divorce his first wife and marry his current wife who was a UGA professor? Am I right?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/09 - 02:31 pm
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No, they met while at Auburn

No, they met while at Auburn and have been married 50 yrs.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/18/09 - 03:05 pm
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What about all those poor

What about all those poor folks that ended up with brand new homes built with Chinese supplied dry wall? What can they do?
Remodel? Hardly - probably struggling to pay their bills as it is.
That is a true human interest story. And they are stuck, what can they do? Uncle Sam imports and our people suffer.

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shamrock 12/18/09 - 03:26 pm
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This is news?? Why??

This is news?? Why??

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 12/18/09 - 03:38 pm
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Dooley has the money to get

Dooley has the money to get work done - these people don't and that is more news to me than Dooley - Merry Christmas

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/09 - 04:26 pm
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Justthefacts, I don't think

Justthefacts, I don't think that's true. He was married in the late 60's to this wife while head coach. So the time line doesn't fit. I do think he married another woman right out of college, but divorced her and married this lady professor in the psychology department a few years after becoming head coach. If anyone knows definitively chime in with the story.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/18/09 - 05:12 pm
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River, I am correct. If you

River, I am correct. If you don't believe me, google it. There is a link where Barbara explains the first time they met. She was a freshman at Auburn.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/09 - 05:25 pm
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Justthefacts, you are right.

Justthefacts, you are right. Dang, makes me wrong twice today. He met her at Auburn and they were married in 1960. There couldn't have another marriage. I don't know who I'm thinking about? Know a college coach who was divorced with coaching besides the Arizona coach?

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gagirl40 12/18/09 - 05:26 pm
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Yes Riverman, Just the facts

Yes Riverman, Just the facts is correct. Vince and Barbara Dooley have been married nearly 50 years. They started dating when she was a Freshman at Auburn. It's easy enough to find out. http://www.barbaraandvincedooley.com/

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/09 - 05:27 pm
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Dang the typos...sorry.

Dang the typos...sorry.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/09 - 05:29 pm
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Gagirl40, I finally found it

Gagirl40, I finally found it when I started to google Barbara. Like I said, I was wrong. I found the same site you did. Sorry everyone. I wonder who I'm thinking of? Jimmy Johnson was divorced, but it seems like another southern football coach many years ago. Oh well.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/18/09 - 05:43 pm
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The true story of Bear Bryant

The true story of Bear Bryant is scintillating.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 12/18/09 - 05:56 pm
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Are you a 'Bama fan, River?

Are you a 'Bama fan, River?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/18/09 - 05:57 pm
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Fiat, I'm light as a

Fiat, I'm light as a feather... again, this may be a human interest story which belongs in the "Living" section and certainly not on the "Breaking New" ticker!

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TrukinRanger 12/18/09 - 07:37 pm
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Oh man.. those poor poor
Unpublished

Oh man.. those poor poor people.. they have to live in the pool house till the big house is rebuilt. Sure makes it hard to sympathize with them.

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corgimom 12/18/09 - 08:40 pm
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Yeah, the pool house that is

Yeah, the pool house that is probably bigger and more luxurious than what people on here, live in.

ustabe
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ustabe 12/19/09 - 01:11 am
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See what happens when you

See what happens when you hire an architect who graduated from UGA?

gnx
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gnx 12/19/09 - 03:37 pm
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And what exactly is the

And what exactly is the problem with Vince and Barbara having a nice home to remodel or a pool house to stay in while doing so?

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