DURHAM, N.C. -- Bill Dooley, who led three teams to bowl
games in a head coaching career that spanned 26 seasons, was in
critical but stable condition Friday after surgery to repair an
aneurysm, hospital officials said.
Dooley underwent the emergency surgery Tuesday at Duke
University Hospital, according to a statement from the hospital.
Dooley, a native of Alabama, graduated in 1956 from Mississippi
State, where he played football for the Bulldogs. Beginning in
1967, he coached 11 seasons at North Carolina, winning three
Atlantic Coast Conference titles and leading his teams to five bowl
games. He moved on to Virginia Tech in 1978 to become head coach
and athletic director and led the school to seven consecutive
At Wake Forest, he led the Demon Deacons to their first bowl
appearance in 14 years and was twice named ACC coach of the year.
He has a career record of 162-125-5.
One of the players Dooley coached was North Carolina coach John
Bunting, who said Friday he was with Dooley on Monday and has
stayed in contact with his former coach's family throughout the
"Other than [former NFL coach] Dick Vermeil and my family, no one has been a bigger influence on my life than Bill Dooley," Bunting said in a statement. "Coach Dooley has done so much for college football and I ask everyone to keep him in your thoughts and prayers."