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Legendary coach, MGCCC standout Bill Dooley dead at 82

Bill Dooley played at Perkinston Junior College, now Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, in 1952 and ’53.
Bill Dooley played at Perkinston Junior College, now Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, in 1952 and ’53.

Before Bill Dooley went on to coach at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, he was a standout at Perkinston Junior College and Mississippi State.

Dooley, the brother of University of Georgia coaching legend Vince Dooley, died Tuesday. He was 82.

Dooley’s wife, Marie, told The Associated Press he died of natural causes at their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dooley, a native of Mobile, played at Perkinston Junior College, now Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, in 1952 and 1953. He was an All-SEC lineman at Mississippi State in 1955. After he graduated, Dooley was MSU’s freshman offensive line coach from 1957 to 1960 and was the varsity offensive line coach in 1963.

While in Perkinston, Dooley helped lead the Bulldogs to a 14-6-1 overall record, including a 6-6 tie with Copiah-Lincoln in the 1953 Laurel Lions Bowl. He was inducted into the MGCCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 26 seasons as a coach, Dooley had a 162-126-5 record with 10 bowl appearances. A three-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, Dooley was the first North Carolina coach to lead the Tar Heels to an 11-win season. That was in 1972.

Dooley is the uncle of former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, now an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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