Dooley will help son with Atlanta franchise

Updated: January 8, 2004, 2:10 AM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Vince Dooley, leaving the University of Georgia after 40 years in the athletic program, will join the Arena Football League's Atlanta Force on Thursday in an advisory role.

Dooley, 71, also could become the Force's CEO after retiring as Georgia's athletic director at the end of June.

Dooley, turned down last summer when he asked school president Michael Adams for an extension past his current contract, will work with son Daniel, the Force's vice president of sales and marketing.

"Dad is not ready to retire by any means, and if he had his way he'd be athletic director," Daniel Dooley said. "This is a way for him to stay in sports."

Vince Dooley denied comment Wednesday, but wife Barbara, said she looks forward to having her husband and son working together.

"It will be fun," she said.

Force general manager Eddie Rockwell said Wednesday that Dooley, Georgia's head football coach from 1964-88, will finish out his role as athletic director.

"He is not going to be joining the Force in a full-time role, but there could be some involvement with him in the future," Rockwell said.


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