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Famous Georgia football coach Vince Dooley 90. died at the age of

Soccer coach Vince Dooley, who carried himself like a professor and guided Georgia to a quarter-century of success that included the 1980 national championship, died Friday. He was 90 years old.

The school announced that Dooley died peacefully at their home in Athens in the presence of his wife, Barbara, and their four children. No cause of death was given.

Dooley was hospitalized earlier this month in what was described as a mild case of COVID-19, but made a full recovery on his own and went on to play the October 15 game against Vanderbilt. were ready to attend their regular book-signing sessions at campus bookstores prior to .

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FILE – Former Georgia Bulldogs head coach Vince Dooley attends a ceremony for the Dooley Field dedication prior to a game between the Murray State Racers and the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Athens, Georgia.

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Coaching the Bulldogs from 1964 to 1988, Dooley’s career record was 201-77-10, a stretch that included six Southeastern Conference titles, 20 bowl games, and just one losing season.

He is the fourth most winning coach in SEC history, behind only Bare Bryant, Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban.

After retiring from coaching, Dooley continued to serve as the school’s athletic director, a job he held from 1979 to 2004. He created a program that led to success in a wide range of sports, both men’s and women’s.

The Sanford Stadium ground was dedicated in his honor during the 2019 football season.

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