With the incomparable Vince Dooley at the recent Dahlonega Literary Festival. Dooley, of course, is the retired 25-year, über-successful head football coach at the University of Georgia, and later Athletic Director.
Coach Dooley is 85 years old and had flown in from Honduras the night before. He presented on his new book, The Legions Fighting Bulldog, about a Civil War hero from Athens. He paced the head of the room and spoke for over an hour with no notes, seamlessly weaving stories and tales about the events in the book. Of course, Herschel Walker and the UGA 1980 National Championship worked their way into his talk, but who could blame him!
We chatted before his talk and I told him I was a 1978 Ole Miss graduate. “John Fourcade was your quarterback then, wasn’t he?” he asked. Yes, Fourcade was our quarterback and Coach proceeded to tell me stories about the recruiting battle of Fourcade.
Folk, I’m happy to report that Coach Dooley still has it. Long live the Coach.Read More