Mike McGee (American football)
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|Born:||December 1, 1938|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Elizabeth City|
(Elizabeth City, North Carolina)
|NFL Draft:||1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 1|
|Career highlights and awards|
Michael Burnette McGee (born December 1, 1938) is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He was an All-American at Duke University and won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's best interior lineman in 1959. After retiring from the St. Louis Cardinals he became head coach at East Carolina University and Duke University. In 1970, he coached at East Carolina, where he compiled a 3–8 record. From 1971 to 1978, he coached at Duke, where he compiled a 37–47–4 record. His overall record as a head coach is 40–55–4. His best seasons came in 1971 and 1974, when he went 6–5. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He later became athletic director at the University of Cincinnati (1980–1984), the University of Southern California (1984–1993), and the University of South Carolina (1993–2005). McGee was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1990.
University of South Carolina
McGee's years at the University of South Carolina were arguably his most successful. The University of South Carolina did not previously have a significant history of success. Before McGee's arrival, the Gamecocks had won no national championships.
McGee's goal was to build a foundation to foster athletic success for years to come. Upon his retirement, his accomplishments at the University of South Carolina included:
- After winning only 1 football bowl game, previously, the Gamecocks won three straight bowl games, including back-to-back Outback Bowl Championships against Ohio State. Those two victories catapulted USC to consecutive Top 20 national finishes, a first in the history of the program. Included in that stretch (2000–01) were the most wins (17) in consecutive years in the history of the football program.
- McGee's ability to attract and hire high-caliber coaches. Among his hires at the University of South Carolina were Curtis Frye (track and field), Lou Holtz (football), Ray Tanner (baseball), Dave Odom (men's basketball) and Steve Spurrier (football). Over McGee's final eight seasons, 13 Gamecock head coaches had earned either National Coach of the Year or Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year accolades.
- Overseeing a dramatic increase in the athletics department's overall revenue, rising from approximately $18 million when he first came to the University of South Carolina, to $52.8 million in fiscal year 2004.
- The women's track team won the school's first national team championship, claiming the 2002 NCAA Outdoor title.
- The baseball team made three straight appearances in the College World Series and was the winningest program in the country over McGee's final five seasons.
- In 2000, for the first time in the history of the Southeastern Conference, USC had three athletes named National Athlete of the Year in their respective sports: Kip Bouknight (baseball); Terrence Trammell (men's indoor and outdoor track); and Miki Barber (women's outdoor track).
- Winning eight SEC team championships, including baseball (3), women's outdoor track (2), men's basketball (1), softball (1), and women's golf (1).
- More than $110 million in facility improvements, including the 18,000-seat Colonial Center and a major expansion of Williams-Brice Stadium.
Head coaching record
|East Carolina Pirates (Southern Conference) (1970)|
|Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1971–1978)|