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August, 2016

By Loran Smith, an award-winning writer and a longtime staff member of the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He has been a prolific author, penning a regular column that still appears in the Athens Banner Herald as well as several newspapers around the state, and he has written more than a dozen books. A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and president of the NFF University of Georgia (Athens) Chapter. Cynics exist in every corner, and there were more than a few among the railbirds who observed 31-year-old Vincent Joseph Dooley hiring his coaching staff over the winter of 1963-64. Nobody knew a thing about the young head coach except that he came to Athens as the freshman coach at Auburn (Even President O. C. Aderhold couldn’t remember Vince’s name at the press conference and kept referring to him as “this bright, young coach from Auburn.”)   They sure didn’t have a clue about Erk Russell and ... Read the rest of entry »

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By Loran Smith, an award-winning writer and a longtime staff member of the University of Georgia Athletic Association. He has been a prolific author, penning a regular column that still appears in the Athens Banner Herald as well as several newspapers around the state, and he has written more than a dozen books. A native of Wrightsville, Ga., Smith is a past chairman of the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and president of the NFF University of Georgia (Athens) Chapter. College football has spawned some notable players who loved competition, but also appreciated the game for its inherent values, its heritage and the fact that winning with honor was the way football should be played. Nobody was more of a doting advocate of college football played the old fashioned way—prospering from that envious trade off of playing a game and becoming the beneficiary of a free education—than Art Demmas, Vanderbilt Letterman ('51-'56), who spent his sundown years as the Southern Regional Coordinator for ... Read the rest of entry »

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