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Dooley paid dues to get his UT shot

Originally Published: January 16, 2010
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Georgia baseball coach David Perno still remembers his telephone ringing late in the night on Jan. 2, 1996.

On the line was Perno's best friend, Derek Dooley, who is the youngest son of former Georgia football coach Vince Dooley. The former Virginia wide receiver was working as an attorney at one of the top law firms in Atlanta.

But after watching Nebraska throttle Florida 62-24 in the Fiesta Bowl to win the 1995 national championship, Dooley was ready to make a life-altering decision.

"Why ...

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