I remember being at The Gator Bowl New Years Eve in 1988 watching Georgia beat Michigan State 34-27 in Jacksonville. It was Vince Dooley’s last game as head coach of the Bulldogs. Former UGA player and Moultrie, GA native Ray Goff was hired as his replacement (Bulldog QB from 1974-1976). It was a big deal because it had been 25 years since there was a coaching change in Athens. He coached 6 seasons for the Bulldogs from 1989 to 1995 with a 46-34-1 overall record. Twenty one years later we have another Moultrie, GA native and former Bulldog player Kirby Smart as head coach. Smart is also inheriting the program who hasn’t had a new head coach in 15 years taking over for Mark Richt. Will Smart be able to get out of his predecessor’s shadow and write his own successful chapter at Georgia? Ray Goff thinks he will.
For more information on this story click the source link below for an article by Chip Towers of DawgNation. I also included a vintage video of #10 Ray Goff executing the “Shoestring Play” from Georgia-Vanderbilt in 1975 (via YouTube).