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Jonh McKay 1923-2001 // A COACH'S LIFE

Published Jun. 20, 2006

JULY 5, 1923: John Harvey McKay born in Everettsville, W. Va.

1946: After serving in Army Air Corps, becomes starting defensive back at Purdue, transfers to Oregon in 1948.

1948-49: Starting running back and defensive back at Oregon, member of 1948 Cotton Bowl team with Norm Van Brocklin at quarterback. Holds school record for career yards per carry (6.1).

1950: Accepts assistant coaching position on Jim Aiken's staff at Oregon. Coaches offense and defense for Aiken and Len Casanova through 1958.

1959: Joins Don Clark's staff at Southern California.

1960: Named USC coach.

SEPT. 16, 1960: Loses to Oregon State 16-0 in first game as coach.

OCT. 7, 1960: Gets first win as USC beats Georgia 10-3. Trojans finish season 4-6.

1962: Named coach of the year by American Football Coaches Association and Football Writers Association.

JAN. 1, 1963: Wins first national championship as USC defeats Wisconsin 42-37 in Rose Bowl. Finishes 11-0.

1965: USC running back Mike Garrett awarded Heisman Trophy, establishes string of top tailbacks under McKay.

JAN. 2, 1967: USC loses Rose Bowl to Purdue 14-13. Finishes season 7-4.

JAN. 1, 1968: Wins second national title as USC beats Indiana 14-3 in Rose Bowl. Finishes 10-1.

1968: USC running back O.J. Simpson awarded Heisman Trophy.

JAN. 1, 1969: Ohio State beats USC 27-16 in Rose Bowl.

JAN. 1, 1970: USC beats Michigan 10-3 in Rose Bowl, finishes 10-0-1.

1972: Named coach of the year by American Football Coaches Association and Football Writers Association.

JAN. 1, 1973: Wins third national title as USC defeats Ohio State 42-17 in Rose Bowl, also gets 100th victory.

JAN. 1, 1974: Ohio State defeats USC 42-21 in Rose Bowl, Trojans finish 9-2-1.

JAN. 1, 1975: Wins fourth national championship as USC beats Ohio State 18-17 in Rose Bowl. Southern Cal tops UPI poll; AP poll picks Oklahoma.

OCT. 31, 1975: Signs five-year contract with Bucs.

DEC. 22, 1975: Wins final game with USC as Trojans beat Texas A&M 20-0 in Liberty Bowl. Ends USC career 127-40-8 with .741 winning percentage, nine conference titles and 40 first-team All-Americans.

DEC. 27, 1975: Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse draws first pick in college draft. Bucs use it to select Oklahoma defensive end Lee Roy Selmon. Selmon inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

JULY 31, 1976: In first preseason game, Bucs lose to Rams 26-3 at L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Son J.K. is on Bucs roster.

AUG. 14, 1976: Bucs get first win, 17-3 over Falcons in preseason game at Gator Bowl in Jacksonville.

SEPT. 12, 1976: Bucs lose 20-0 at Houston in regular-

season opener.

DEC. 12, 1976: Bucs finish season 0-14 after losing to Patriots 31-14.

DEC. 11, 1977: Bucs end NFL record 26-game losing streak, beat Saints 33-14 in New Orleans.

DEC. 18, 1977: Bucs get first home victory, beat Cardinals 17-7.

1979: McKay's contract extended to 1984.

DEC. 16, 1979: Bucs win NFC Central with 10-6 record after beating Chiefs 3-0 in regular-season finale played in a downpour at Tampa Stadium.

DEC. 29, 1979: Bucs beat Eagles 24-17 in team's first playoff game.

JAN. 6, 1980: Rams beat Bucs 9-0 in NFC Championship Game.

JAN. 2, 1982: Bucs lose 38-0 to Cowboys in first round of NFC playoffs.

JAN. 9, 1983: Bucs lose 30-17 to Cowboys in first round of NFC playoffs.

NOV. 5, 1984: Announces resignation as Bucs coach, effective at end of season. Culverhouse announces McKay will become team president at season's end. McKay retires after '85 season.

DEC. 16, 1984: Bucs defeat Jets 41-21 in McKay's last game as coach, finish 6-10. Record with Bucs is 44-88-1.

DEC. 6, 1988: Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame.

JULY 1991: Charged with drunken driving. McKay later pleaded no contest and was sentenced to six months' probation, fined $250 and ordered to perform 50 hours community service. He was required to appear before the Victim Impact Council and attend DUI Counterattack school.

NOV. 8, 1994: Son Rich named Bucs general manager.

DEC. 1996: Has quadruple-bypass heart surgery.

MAY 2001: Admitted into St. Joseph's Hospital with complications from diabetes.

JUNE 10, 2001: Dies of kidney failure due to complications from diabetes.

_ Compiled by David Whitehead.