Georgia Athletic Director Vince Dooley makes a public statement about the controversy that has split the Dawgnation.
"I have been very concerned about the perception by some
that the current controversy surrounding my future at Georgia is an issue of
academics versus athletics."
"I have said both privately and publicly that academics
must always be at the forefront and the top priority of any college or
university. While there have obviously been many who disagree with the decision
that was made, the president has, and should have, the authority to make the
"Unfortunately the controversy is being portrayed by some
as an academics versus athletics issue. I do not believe that is the case nor
should it ever be the case, especially considering other issues that have been
raised in the controversy have nothing to do with athletics."
"I deeply appreciate the outpouring of support regarding
the controversy about my future at Georgia. It has been both humbling and
heartwarming. However, I have contacted several individuals that have been
passionately active in the controversy surrounding my future and asked them to
refrain from using my name or Georgia athletics in general as an issue."
"Historically, athletics at Georgia has been a positive
force in the academic mission of the University and I am very much against
anything that might be detrimental to that fact."
Vince Dooley makes a public Statement
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