Trojans Pay Tribute To Coaching Legend
Sept. 10, 2001
LOS ANGELES-A memorial service for legendary football coach John McKay will be held this Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. at USC's Bovard Auditorium, with a reception immediately following in Heritage Hall.
Eulogies will be given by USC athletic director Mike Garrett, USC president Steven Sample, longtime Trojan broadcaster Tom Kelly, former USC assistant football coaches Dave Levy and Marv Goux, and ex-Trojan quarterback Pat Haden. McKay's son, J.K., and wife, Corky, will share remembrances. There will also be a video tribute to McKay.
The memorial service is open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. Campus parking is available through Gates 1 (Exposition and Watt) and 6 (Vermont and 36th). The reception is co-hosted by the Trojan Football Alumni Club. McKay, who won four national championships at USC before becoming the first head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, died of kidney failure due to complications from diabetes this past June 10 in Tampa, Fla.
He posted a 127-40-8 (.749) record during his 16 years (1960-75) at USC. He won national crowns in 1962, 1967, 1972 and 1974 and also captured 9 conference titles. He led Troy to 3 undefeated seasons and 9 bowl games, including 5 Rose Bowl victories in 8 appearances. He coached 2 Heisman Trophy winners (Garrett and O.J. Simpson) and 40 Trojans were named All-American first teamers during his tenure. He was national Coach of the Year in 1962 and 1972.
During his last 4 seasons at USC (1972-75), he also served as the school's athletic director.
McKay became the head coach of the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976. Although his Bucs lost their first 26 games, they then emerged as contenders. Tampa Bay made the NFL playoffs three times under McKay, including advancing to the 1979 NFC championship game to become the first expansion club to reach a conference title game within its first four seasons. McKay retired in 1984 at the conclusion of his ninth season in Tampa Bay with a 44-88-1 record.
In lieu of flowers, the McKay family asks that contributions to the John H. McKay Scholarship Fund be made out to the 'USC Athletic Department' and sent to USC senior associate athletic director Don Winston, USC Athletic Department, Heritage Hall 203A, Los Angeles, Calif. 90089-0602. For information regarding recognition on the 'Friends of John McKay Wall' at USC's Heritage Hall, contact (213) 740-4155.