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Bill Dooley 1934-2016


Bill Dooley, a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference football coach of the year who had 162 wins at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and took his teams to 10 bowl games, died on Aug. 9 of natural causes in Wilmington, N.C. He was 82. The younger brother of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley and the uncle of Derek Dooley, a current Dallas Cowboys assistant, Bill earned All--SEC honors as a Mississippi State lineman in 1955. He and his brother were to be honorary captains at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game between UNC and Georgia on Sept. 3; there will be a moment of silence instead. Said ACC commissioner John Swofford, "[Bill] was, pure and simple, a football coach in the truest sense.