Go Tech Go: The Inside Story Behind the Rise of VT Football, Part 21

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Maurice Williams, courtesy of Virginia Tech athletics photography
Maurice Williams, courtesy of Virginia Tech athletics photography

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As the 1986 season went on, Virginia Tech players wearied of discussing the Bill Dooley saga.

“I’m ready for this to die down,” linebacker Jamel Agemy said. “It seems like every time a reporter talks to us, the first four or five questions are about football, and then the next 30 are about coach Dooley. Hey, he’s not coming back. That’s all there is to it.”

The issue was finally resolved on November 1, when Dooley and the university agreed on an out-of-court settlement between $625,000-$650,000.

That’s also when the Hokies hit a midseason slump. A 27-27 tie with South Carolina felt like a win after Gamecocks placekicker Scott Hagler missed a 40-yard field goal with two seconds left. It was a game the Hokies deserved to lose; USC, featuring receiver Sterling Sharpe and running back Harold Green, outgained Tech 543-305. To make things worse, quarterback Erik Chapman sustained a high ankle sprain on a game-ending sack.

The Hokies next faced