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Vince Dooley: 'Proud To Be A Kennesaw State Owl'; Sticking Around To Help More

Kennesaw State's Vince Dooley said black and gold will strive to be as big in the Southeast "as red and black or gold and white" and that being located in the South is a major benefit due to population and football mania. All that color math sounds like no problem at all: we're talking about the red and black of the Attapulgus Bulldogs and the gold and white of the Pepperell Dragons, right?

"It's quite obvious that the many schools that have started football are absolutely convinced that the benefits outweigh the financial challenges," Dooley said. "Many schools have constructed campus housing, dining, and training facilities like Kennesaw State, and they feel naturally that football is the next step in changing the campus."

He also announced the school's getting a new marching band. He listed "Glory, Glory" and "The Ramblin' Wreck" as songs he'd like Kennesaw State's musical accompaniment to aspire to. The crowd laughed when it became apparent that Dooley isn't familiar with any particular elements of the KSU fight song, because neither are we or you.

“I recommend we begin football with the following caveat," Dooley said. "It’s absolutely necessary that we do an up-to-date support survey.” He listed neighboring counties that support football well, but maintained the school will need to raise "several million" for startup and "about $5 million" per year.

Dooley said he stands by to continue helping throughout process. Later, school president Daniel Papp was asked if he'd like to keep Dooley around, to which he should've said "DUH, BRO" but instead graciously affirmed in a professional academic manner.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.