Former Georgia coach has malignancy removed

Updated: May 31, 2007, 4:21 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. -- The tumor removed from the throat of former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley earlier this month is malignant, but his prognosis is excellent.

Georgia associate athletic director Claude Felton said Thursday that Dooley learned the results of the lab report on Wednesday.

Dooley had surgery on May 22 in Atlanta to remove a tumor near his vocal cords.

"Doctors say the prognosis is excellent," Felton said. "He will have radiation treatments [in June]."

Felton said Dooley, 74, is making visits as normal to his office on campus and even attended a speaking engagement, though he couldn't speak.

Dooley had been experiencing some hoarseness in his voice for several months before an examination revealed the tumor, according to his wife, Barbara Dooley.

Dooley worked at the university for 41 years as head football coach and athletic director, and retired on June 30, 2004.

Dooley took the Bulldogs to 20 bowl games and won the 1980 national championship during his 25 seasons as head coach. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.


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