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Legendary Georgia Football Coach Vince Dooley Has Passed Away

Former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley

Vince Dooley, the legendary Georgia head football coach and former Director of Athletics, has passed away. He was 90 years old. 

Dooley was surrounded by his wife and four children in his home at the time of his passing. 

We send our thoughts and prayers to the Dooley family during this incredibly difficult time. 

"Legendary former University of Georgia football coach and director of athletics Vince Dooley died peacefully at his home in the presence of his wife and their four children Friday afternoon at the age of 90," the statement reads. "A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, as well as the Georgia and Alabama Sports Halls of Fame, Dooley is Georgia's winningest football coach with 201 victories, six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship in his 25 years leading the Bulldogs (1964-88). He was also the recipient of numerous awards for his service as director of athletics over a 25 year tenure (1979-2004)."

Vince Dooley is a Georgia legend and was, thankfully, able to see Georgia bring home another national championship trophy last season. 

A picture of Kirby Smart and Dooley sharing a moment together after the Bulldogs beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 33-18 in the College Football Playoff National Championship earlier this year has a new meaning. 

Dooley won 201 games - the most in school history - as the head coach of the University of Georgia football team. He led the Bulldogs to six SEC titles and the 1980 national championship.Vince Dooley is not only a legend at Georgia, but in the SEC. When he retired he trailed only Bear Bryant in all-time wins at the time. 

We are keeping the Dooley and Georgia football family in our thoughts this Friday evening.