FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2018, file photo, Vince Dooley poses for a photo while signing autographs before a game between Georgia and Tennessee in Athens, Ga. Georgia is planning to honor Hall of Fame former coach Vince Dooley by naming the field at Sanford Stadium in his honor. A ceremony has been planned for Georgia’s 2019 opening game on Sept. 7 against Murray State to dedicate Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. (Jenn Finch/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia athletic association's board of directors has unanimously endorsed naming the field at Sanford Stadium in honor of former longtime coach Vince Dooley.

The athletic board's vote came in a teleconference meeting on Friday led by University of Georgia president Jere Morehead.

The plan to dedicate Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium for Georgia's Sept. 7 home opener against Murray State still awaits the approval of the Board of Regents later this month.

Morehead said in Friday's meeting he believed it was "very appropriate as well as very important" to seek the support of the athletic association's board.

Morehead and athletic director Greg McGarity announced the plan on Thursday to honor the 86-year-old Dooley, who coached the Bulldogs from 1964-88. He won six Southeastern Conference titles and the 1980 national championship.


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