Bill Dooley, who served as Virginia Tech's football coach and athletic director, passed away earlier today at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina at the age of 82. He also coached football at North Carolina and Wake Forest, both longtime members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which Virginia Tech joined much more recently. His time at Virginia Tech, in his dual role, ran from 1978 to 1986, which overlapped my own student years. He is still the only UNC head coach to win multiple ACC titles (1971, 1972, 1977), and coached Virginia Tech to our first bowl victory in the 1986 Peach Bowl. As an assistant coach, he worked for his brother Vince Dooley at Georgia. He played for Mississippi State during the 1950's, winning an All-SEC award as a lineman.
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