78 The History of Wake Forest
The University’s athletic teams had considerable success in 1987–1988. The football team
ended the season with 7 wins and 4 losses (4–3 and third place in the ACC). It was only
the seventh winning season in thirty-five years, and Bill Dooley was the only Deacon
coach to have a winning season in his first year since Wake Forest joined the ACC in 1953.
The Associated Press named him ACC Coach of the Year. The Deacons scored Big Four
victories over in-state rivals North
Carolina (22–14), North Carolina
State (21–3), and Duke (30–27).
On the individual level, Chip
Rives, a member of the football
team, was the only college stu-
dent honored among the eight
Sportsmen of the Year by Sports
Illustrated in its December 21,
1987 issue. He was lauded for the
Santa’s Helper program he had
started as a junior. He and his
teammates raised about $2,000 the
previous year and loaded his VW
“Magic Bus” to deliver presents to
approximately thirty-five families
and 125 children. Rives dressed as
Santa Claus to distribute the toys.
Harold Holmes
The Demon Deacon and the Duke Blue Devil
engage in off-the-field sparring
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