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Legendary UGA football coach Vince Dooley to talk flowers

Posted: October 29, 2011 - 11:02pm  |  Updated: October 29, 2011 - 11:04pm

Vince Dooley will be visiting Columbia County next summer.

But the legendary former University of Georgia football coach won’t be attending an annual meeting of the Augusta Bulldog Club. He won’t be in town for a football clinic or for a dedication of any sorts.

Instead, Dooley will be the keynote speaker at the June 7 meeting of the CSRA Hydrangea Society at Savannah Rapids Pavilion.

Dooley is widely revered as the head coach of the Bulldogs from 1964-1988. He also served as the school’s athletic director from 1979-2004.

It’s nice to see such a widely known football guy branch out into other areas. (Gardening pun definitely intended.)

But it got me thinking: Will this flower-specific meeting suddenly turn into a UGA Q&A?

I can see it now.

Bulldogs fan No. 1: “How about that 1980 national title season, coach? I’ll never forget it. I even named my first-born son Herschel.”

Dooley: “Did you know that hydrangeas generally grow best when planted in the fall?”

Bulldogs fan No. 2: “Aaron Murray is the best quarterback in the SEC. Everybody knows that. But why hasn’t he won a national championship yet?”

Dooley: “Hydrangeas are often white, but they can also be blue, red, pink or purple.”

Bulldogs fan No. 3: “I named my son Herschel, too.”

Dooley: “You do realize this is a hydrangea meeting, right?”

To avoid such a situation, I wonder if the organization might institute preventative measures.

I suggest having a five-question hydrangea quiz given to all those who enter. Prove you’re there for the right reasons, and you can attend.

Though registration information has not yet been released, the details, once determined, will be provided at www.csra hydrangeasociety.org.

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