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ACC Champs from 1977 Reunite

The Tar Heels under head coach Bill Dooley were 8-3-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the seven-team ACC, finishing a game ahead of Clemson despite the fact they tied the Tigers, 13-13. Clemson had one loss in the ACC, falling to Maryland at home in the season opener. The Tar Heels were ranked as high as 14th in the Associated Press poll and finished the year at 17th.

Chansky’s Notebook: UNC's Nightmare Football Season Over

Perhaps the longest fall in Carolina football history has come to a merciful end. The Tar Heels have had bad seasons before, most of them to begin what turned out to successful coaching reigns of Bill Dooley and Mack Brown or the start of troubled tenures for other UNC coaches. The season that ended with Saturday’s loss at N.C. State must be considered an aberration.

UNC ACC Football Champs from 1977 Reunite for Western Carolina Game

Some 70 players and managers from North Carolina's 1977 ACC championship football team will convene in Chapel Hill this weekend for a reunion around the Western Carolina game. The Tar Heels under head coach Bill Dooley were 8-3-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the seven-team ACC, finishing a game ahead of Clemson. UNC had seven first-team All-ACC players.

Perspective on UNC football under Larry Fedora

Since arriving in Chapel Hill, Larry Fedora has guided UNC to a bowl game every season that they have been eligible. You know who did not accomplish that feat? Bill Dooley, Dick Crum, Mack Brown, Carl Torbush, John Bunting, and Butch Davis. What Fedora has achieved are not normal results. Be frustrated. Caring is good. Just understand how well Larry Fedora has done.

Video: Roaches, bears play role in Triangle coaches' favorite recruiting memories

The head football coaches from North Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, NC Central and NC State shared their most memorable stories from the recruiting trail at the 15th annual Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview.

Triangle Pigskin Preview Set For July 20

On July 20, 2017, The 15th Annual Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview will be held at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC. Registration starts at 11:00am. The Program begins at 11:30am. The luncheon benefit features Duke coach David Cutcliffe, ECU coach Scottie Montgomery, NCCU coach Jerry Mack, NCSU coach Dave Doeren, and UNC coach Larry Fedora.

UNC’s key to football success is keeping Larry Fedora happy

At 40-25, Larry Fedora holds the second-highest win percentage (.615) of any Tar Heel coach in the ACC era (dating to 1953). Coaches trailing him in that category include Mack Brown, Bill Dooley and Butch Davis. Just two seasons ago, UNC was 11-3 and claimed the ACC’s Coastal Division title. The Ws, however, aren’t the only sign of stability at UNC today.

Joey Mangili Receives NFF University Scholar Athlete Award

Former UNC punter Joey Mangili was named the recipient of the University Scholar Athlete award by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., presented at the Bill Dooley Triangle East Chapter of North Carolina annual awards dinner held Monday. Mangili served as the team's holder on place kicks last season and had 28 career punts.

Endowment fund named for Bill Dooley

John Bunting makes it clear his college football coach was about more than Xs and Os. “Coach Dooley always wanted his players to become good citizens,” said Bunting of the late Bill Dooley, who coached the former NFL player at UNC. On Friday, he represented the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame in its announcement of the Coach Bill Dooley Education Endowment Fund.

A 1972 Trip To El Paso

Carolina is heading back to the Sun Bowl. Or, as Coach Bill Dooley liked to call it, “the Fun Bowl.” He said the Sun Bowl provided as many activities and as much entertainment for his players as any postseason event. Plus, beating a good Texas Tech team on the first trip in 1972 made it even better. That victory finished an 11-1 season, one of the best in school history.

UNC Football Flashback: Into the Storm

UNC vs Florida - Oct. 19, 1968: “It rained so much if you put the ball down it would float off.” The rain came down in sheets, first soaking Bill Dooley’s jacket, then his shirt and pants. The young coach’s clothing quickly succumbed to the downpour but his focus stayed sharp. He sloshed through the puddles at Kenan Stadium with purpose.

The Dooleys will be honored before Saturday’s Georgia-North Carolina game

Bill Dooley admired his big brother but liked nothing better than beating him – no matter what the game. He would go on to play at Mississippi State and was a coach there when Vince took the Georgia job in December 1963. The first person Vince wanted to hire was his brother who, despite his youth, was gaining a good reputation as an offensive line coach. It turned out to be a great career move for Bill Dooley.

45 years after 'Dooley Bowl,' UNC and Georgia set to meet

Nearly 45 years have passed since the last time North Carolina and Georgia met on the football field. On the very last day of 1971, the Tar Heels and Bulldogs collided in Jacksonville’s Gator Bowl, in a game that will always be remembered as “The Dooley Brothers Bowl.” With the recent death of Bill Dooley, it seems fitting that we revisit that game.

Bill & Vince Dooley fought for each other

When you peruse the football resume of Bill Dooley, you become linked with a number of highlights which resulted from Bill being exactly what he was. A fundamentally oriented coach who had an ability to communicate and develop rapport with those who played for him.

No more ‘three yards and a cloud of dust’

They called Bill Dooley, “the ol’ Trenchfighter”. He borrowed a coaching staple from someone who had to have been one of his sideline heroes – the late Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes. “Three yards and a cloud of dust”. That was Dooley’s style; slug it out with you at the line, in the trenches, real slobber-knocker football.

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