Former North Carolina, Wake Forest coach Dooley dies

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Coach Bill Dooley, who led both the North Carolina and Wake Forest football programs, died on Tuesday morning at 82 of natural causes, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

During his 11 seasons in Chapel Hill, Dooley led the Tar Heels to 69-53-2 record, winning three ACC championships while playing in six bowl games. Dooley is UNC’s longest-tenured coach, and ranks second all-time in victories, earning ACC Coach of the Year honors in 1971.

“Coach Dooley was a great coach and an even better man who made a lasting impact on this university and on college football as a whole,” Coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “He touched the lives of the young men who played for him in a profound and special way. He proved that Carolina was a program that could produce a winning tradition and his legacy is something we strive to uphold each and every day. Our thoughts are with Marie and the entire Dooley family in this very difficult time.”

Dooley led Virginia Tech go a 63-38-1 record over nine seasons from 1979-86— while also serving as athletics director — before taking over at Wake Forest, where he led the Deacons to a 29-36-2 victory over six seasons, including a victory in the Independence Bowl in his final season.

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