Thursday Nov. 27, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Fans driving down Lumpkin Street in Athens on
their way to the Georgia-Georgia Tech game will be among the first to see a new statue honoring former Bulldogs coach and athletic director Vince Dooley.
The statue depicts Dooley being lifted onto his players' shoulders after winning the 1980 national championship. It will be unveiled Saturday morning as Georgia dedicates the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex. The statue was created by Athens sculptor Stan Mullins.
Gov. Sonny Perdue, Senator Johnny Isakson and university president Michael Adams are scheduled to speak at the ceremony. Billy Payne, the former head of the Atlanta Olympics committee and current chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, and Georgia athletic director Damon Evans also are expected to attend. Both played for Dooley.
The statue has been installed in a new garden area that was constructed next to the Spec Towns track and field stadium and the Butts-Mehre football building.
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