Following the press conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on campus, Dooley returned to his Butts-Mehre office to begin the task of finding Harrick's replacement.
After compiling his original list, Dooley said he decide on three candidates to be interviewed and then make a recommendation to University of Georgia president Michael Adams.
Dooley said he will hire consultants or a search firm to perform background checks on potential candidates.
Noting the success of Georgia football coach Jim Harrick, who was hired without previous experience as a head coach, Dooley said he would not eliminate assistant coaches from his search.
Dooley insisted he had "not done anything in the way of thinking about an individual or individuals'' who might be candidates before resolving the situation with Harrick.
"I did not think it was appropriate to do that until the situation with Coach Harrick was settled,'' Dooley said.
Dooley said looking for a head coach as an administrator is like recruiting an athlete as a coach. In each case, the hope is to find the perfect candidate - "like Herschel Walker,'' he said.
In light of the charges of academic fraud and unethical conduct, as well as allegations of improper financial benefits given players under Harrick's watch - even though Dooley said no evidence directly implicates Harrick - it will be important the next coach "is a winner on and off the court,'' he said.
Dooley would not comment on specific potential candidates, including former Atlanta Hawks coach Lon Kruger, who almost certainly will be on the search list.
Kruger achieved significant success as a college coach with Florida, Kansas State and Illinois but could not win in the NBA.
Other potential candidates: Western Kentucky coach Dennis Felton, who has taken his team to three straight NCAA tournaments; Tennessee-Chattanooga coach Jeff Lebo; Marquette coach Tom Crean; Creighton coach Dana Altman; Dayton coach Oliver Purnell; and Mercer coach Mark Slonaker, a former Georgia player and assistant coach.
Though Kruger carries the negative stigma of his unsuccessful stint with the Hawks, he took Florida to the 1994 Final Four, won a conference co-championship at Illinois and took Kansas State to four straight NCAA tournaments.
Another coach with college success who is looking for work after an unsuccessful stint as head coach in the NBA is former Chicago Bulls coach Tim Floyd. Floyd had 11 winning seasons in 12 years as a college head coach and took Iowa State to three NCAA tournaments in four years.
Dooley said he hopes the fact Georgia has been aggressive in assigning self-punishment - most notably taking itself out of postseason consideration - would help give a candidate to replace Harrick "reasonable assurance he would not be handicapped (by possible NCAA sanctions) as much as he would otherwise.''
Even so, Dooley said he expects any candidate "would be concerned about the ongoing investigation.''