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Encyclopedia > John McKay (football coach)

John Harvey McKay (July 5, 1923June 10, 2001) was an American football coach. He was the head coach of the USC Trojans from 1960 to 1975, and of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1984. There are several different notable people named John McKay: John McKay (UK politician) (1885–1964), British Labour Party MP for Wallsend 1945–1964 John B. McKay (1922–1975), a test pilot John McKay (football coach) (1923–2001), an American football coach. ... Image File history File links McKayJohn06_10_01_1. ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 10 is the 161st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (162nd in leap years), with 204 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2001. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... It has been suggested that Tailback U be merged into this article or section. ... City Tampa, Florida Other nicknames The Bucs, Pewter Pirates Team colors Buccaneer Red, Pewter, Black, and Orange Head Coach Jon Gruden Owner Malcolm Glazer General manager Bruce Allen Mascot Captain Fear League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1976–present) American Football Conference (1976) AFC West (1976) National Football Conference (1977...

McKay was born in the now-defunct town of Everettsville, West Virginia, and after graduating from high school he worked in the coal mines for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. He finally entered college at the age of 23, attending both Purdue University and the University of Oregon and playing at both schools. He turned down the opportunity to play in the NFL, deciding on a coaching career. McKay was an assistant coach at Oregon for 8 years before moving to USC in 1959, and he became USC's head coach the following year. Official language(s) English Capital Charleston Largest city Charleston Area  Ranked 41st  - Total 24,244 sq mi (62,809 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 240 miles (385 km)  - % water 0. ... Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ... Purdue University (Purdue) is a land-grant, public university in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. ... The University of Oregon is a public university located in Eugene, Oregon. ... Bills Dolphins Patriots Jets Ravens Bengals Browns Steelers Texans Colts Titans Broncos Chiefs Raiders Chargers Cowboys Giants Eagles Redskins Bears Lions Packers Vikings Falcons Panthers Saints Buccaneers Jaguars Cardinals Rams 49ers Seahawks The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from...

USC won four national championships (1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974) during McKay's tenure as head coach. His 1972 squad is regarded as one of the best teams in NCAA history. Two of his players, Mike Garrett (1965) and O.J. Simpson (1968), won the Heisman Trophy. He popularized the I-formation, emphasizing a power running game. An Irish Catholic, McKay admitted he was a Notre Dame fan while growing up, then ironically presided over the worst defeat in USC history, a 51-0 loss to the Irish on November 26, 1966. Mike Garrett (born April 12, 1944 in Los Angeles, California), a graduate of Los Angeless Roosevelt High School won the 1965 Heisman Trophy (best player in the nation) playing tailback (aka running back) for the University of Southern California Trojans. ... Orenthal James Simpson (born July 9, 1947, San Francisco, California), publicly known by his initials as O.J., and nicknamed The Juice, is an American former college and professional football player and film actor. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (also known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football. ...

In 1976, McKay became the first head coach of the Buccaneers. The team lost all 14 games in 1976 and the first 12 games of 1977 before winning their first game against the New Orleans Saints. They would also win the last game of the 1977 season. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West...

McKay often came up with humorous one-liners during press conferences. One of the best quips came when he was asked, "What do you think about your team's execution?" McKay responded, "I'm all for it!" When he was asked why his tailbacks carried the ball so much, he replied, "Why not? It's not heavy and he doesn't belong to any union."

In 1979, the Buccaneers posted their first winning season. The Bucs won the NFC Central Division title in the final week of the 1979 season by beating the Kansas City Chiefs 3-0 in a driving Tampa rainstorm. The Bucs would advance to the NFC Championship before losing to the Los Angeles Rams in a defensive battle 9-0. NFC may refer to any of the following things: The National Football Conference, one of the two constituent conferences of the U.S. National Football League (NFL). ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, gold, and White Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner Clark Hunt [1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football... The National Football Conference is one of the two conferences of the National Football League. ... The St. ...

The Bucs would make two more playoff appearances in 1981 and 1982, but by then the Bucs were a damaged team. With their star quarterback Doug Williams going to the USFL, the Bucs suffered through two losing seasons, and in 1985, McKay stepped down as head coach of the Bucs. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... There are several people named Doug Williams, including: Doug Williams (football player), the Super Bowl XXII MVP. Doug Williams (wrestler), 2-time FWA British Heavyweight Champion. ... The United States Football League was a professional American football league that played three seasons between 1983 and 1985, in the process presenting the rival National Football League with its greatest competitor since the 1960s version of the American Football League. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

John McKay is the father of former Buccaneers general manager Rich McKay, who is now the president and general manager of the Atlanta Falcons. Rich McKay (born March 16, 1959) is the president and general manager of the NFLs Atlanta Falcons franchise. ... City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC...

See also

Presidents of the American Football Coaches Association are: 1921 - Charles D. Daly - United States Military Academy 1922 - Charles D. Daly - United States Military Academy 1923 - John W. Heisman - University of Pennsylvania 1924 - John W. Heisman - Rice Institute 1925 - Robert Zuppke - University of Illinois 1926 - Gilmour Dobie - Cornell University 1927 - William...

External links

  • College Football Hall of Fame
  • John McKay Profile at Rosebowl Legends


  • In Memoriam: A Life of Legend. USC Trojan Family Magazine - Autumn 2001. Retrieved on September 28, 2005.
Preceded by
Don Clark
University of Southern California Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
John Robinson
Preceded by
Darrell Royal
Bob Devaney
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
Succeeded by
Darrell Royal
Johnny Majors
Preceded by
First Coach
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Leeman Bennett

  Results from FactBites:
Hillsborough: 'Corky' McKay, widow of 1st Bucs coach, dies (163 words)
McKay, who went by the nickname of Corky, is survived by two sons, Rich and John "J.K." Jr., and two daughters, Michelle and Teri.
Rich McKay, the president and general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, is expected to remain with the team through the end of the NFL draft Sunday.
John McKay, who was 77 when he died in June 2001, led Southern Cal to four national championships before becoming the first coach of the Buccaneers.
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