Mike McGee (American football)

Mike McGee
Date of birth (1938-12-01) December 1, 1938
Place of birth Washington, D.C.
Career information
Position(s) Offensive guard
College Duke
NFL draft 1960 / Round: 2/ Pick 14
Career history
As player
1960–1962 St. Louis Cardinals
Career highlights and awards
Awards 1959 Outland Trophy
Career stats

Michael B. "Mike" 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 are arguable of his most satisfying. McGee left one "USC" with a storied history of athletic success. At the time, the University of Southern California "Trojans" and "The Women of Troy" (the name of the women's athletic teams) had won nearly 100 total team national championships, including: 26 in men's track & field, 12 in baseball, 9 in football, 6 in women's volleyball, four in men's volleyball, and 2 women's basketball. Its students had won four Heisman trophies, awarded to the best college football player annually (Mike Garrett in 1965, O.J. Simpson in 1968, Charles White in 1979 and Marcus Allen in 1981.), 89 of which are NCAA National Championships.

The University of South Carolina did not have the same history of success. Before McGee's arrival, the Gamecocks had to their credit no national championships. The best example of success was the men's soccer team finishing as the NCAA runner-up in 1993 and the baseball team also finishing as the runner-up in 1975 and 1977. The Gamecocks only featured one Heisman trophy winner in George Rogers during the 1980 football season.

McGee's goal was to build a foundation to foster athletic success for years to come. Upon his retirement, his accomplishments at University of South Carolina include:

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
East Carolina Pirates (Southern Conference) (1970)
1970 East Carolina 3–8 2–2 4th
East Carolina: 3–8 2–2
Duke Blue Devils (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1971–1978)
1971 Duke 6–5 2–3 T–3rd
1972 Duke 5–6 3–3 4th
1973 Duke 2–8–1 1–4–1 5th
1974 Duke 6–5 2–4 5th
1975 Duke 4–5–2 3–0–2 2nd
1976 Duke 5–5–1 2–3–1 4th
1977 Duke 5–6 2–4 5th
1978 Duke 4–7 2–4 5th
Duke: 37–47–4 17–25–4
Total: 40–55–4


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