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Vince Dooley: ‘I endorsed Donald Trump, but I do wish he could do, say things differently’

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Former UGA football coach Vince Dooley endorses presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday. Emily Jenkins, ejenkins@ajc.com

Former UGA football coach Vince Dooley endorses presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Fox Theatre on Wednesday. Emily Jenkins, ejenkins@ajc.com

Former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley was on Tim Bryant’s morning show on WGAU (1340AM) in Athens today, explaining his endorsement of Donald Trump in slightly cooler terms than he did at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on Wednesday.

His description of the presumptive Republican nominee was something in the way of a coach talking about a freshman running back who was still having problems meeting curfew. Bryant kindly provided us with the audio here:

Said Dooley:

“I guess you could say I’m like the Paul Ryan philosophy. I endorsed Donald Trump, but I do wish he could do and say things differently. Nevertheless, he is the person that was chosen by the people. We don’t have an oligarchy here, we have a democracy in the Republican party. So he overwhelmingly was the choice, and I’m very much in favor of the Republican party. And Donald Trump is the one that has come out. The people have spoken.

“And so I support him, but I do also have some concerns, because initially Jeb Bush was my candidate….

“There are others in the Republican party that have concerns, but I do think if the Republican party is going to go in, you can’t divide the party, or you’ll have no chance to win. And we’re very much in favor of the candidate regardless of some of the shortcomings that I think that he has. Hopefully, some of those will be addressed as he matures in his position…”

Dooley also talks about Kirby Smart. So there’s that, too.