ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The renaming of the field at Georgia's Sanford Stadium in honor of former longtime coach Vince Dooley has cleared its final hurdle.

The Georgia Board of Regents has approved the proposal for Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium. The newly named field will be dedicated at the Bulldogs' home opener against Murray State on Sept. 7.

Tuesday's approval from the Board of Regents follows the endorsement from the Georgia athletic association's board of directors earlier this month.

The 86-year-old Dooley on Wednesday said he sees the honor as "a tribute to all the players, coaches, university administration, support staff, band members, cheerleaders, and all the very special Georgia fans who bleed red and black."

Dooley coached the Bulldogs from 1964-88. He won six Southeastern Conference titles and the 1980 national championship.

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