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Vince Dooley talks about a “fighting bulldog”
Dick Yarbrough
While the Bulldog Nation rightfully exults over the possibility of a national championship, I have been talking to the man that delivered the last one in 1980, Vincent Joseph Dooley. In addition to being a College Hall of Fame football coach, the winningest football coach in UGA history with 201 victories, including six SEC championships and a national championship, Vince Dooley is also an avid historian. (He got his master’s degree at Auburn) and currently serves as chairman of the board of curators of the Georgia Historical Society. Therefore, our conversation was not just about the much-anticipated clash between No. 2 Oklahoma and the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, but also about his latest book, “The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog,” a collaboration between the coach and Samuel Norman Thomas Jr., curator of the T.R.R. Cobb House in Athens. Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb was a Southern statesman and Confederate soldier who formed Georgia’s Legion Cavalry at the beginning of the War Between the States and was killed in the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862.