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Fans turn out in droves Tuesday for Dooley book signing at Albany Mall

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Legendary University of Georgia head coach Vince Dooley was more than an hour into his booking signing Tuesday at the Albany Mall and still had two hours to go. He'd already signed some 150 books and had double that left.

So the question was posed, "Tired yet, coach?"

"Nope," Dooley answered. "Stronger in the fourth quarter."

The old coach has still got it. Oh, and his book writing career is pretty strong, too.

Dooley was in Albany for a book signing of his most recent work, "Dooley's Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History," and the longtime head coach still commands a crowd.

Nearly 200 people were in line when Dooley began his three-hour session at 4 p.m.

Some 25-30 fans even started lining up at 3 p.m. and organizers expected the coach's new book to run out after about an hour and a half of signing, said Heather Parr Sharpe, Albany Mall marketing assistant director. Such a large turnout in Albany wasn't expected, Parr Sharpe said, but plans were in the works to have more books signed and returned to the mall for pickup for those who didn't get to Dooley before the books were gone.

Jerry Lokey of Albany was able to get his son, who lives in Dothan, Ala., a copy of "Dooley's Playbook" for Christmas. Lokey said his most memorable Bulldogs play was when then-freshman Herschel Walker steamrolled Tennessee All-American safety Bill Bates in 1980.

Lokey, though, wasn't too fond of the long line and the wait.

"I hate coming to the mall," he said. "And Wal-Mart, too."

David Edmiston was at the end of a line of more than 100 people at 5 p.m. He didn't mind waiting a while to get a UGA sign autographed by Dooley as a gift for his father, who works in enemy territory.

"My dad works down in Florida and everybody in the office is either a Gator, or a Seminole or a South Florida Bull," Edmiston said. "So I wanted to get this signed and put up in his office."

Dooley's new book incorporates diagrams from past coaches' playbooks of the 34 greatest plays in Georgia football history, along with illustrations from Georgia artist Steve Penley.