Former USC athletic director Mike McGee has died at the age of 80, the school announced.
McGee died Friday of natural causes at his home in Montrose, Colo.
He led the Trojans’ sports programs from 1984 until mid-way through the 1992-93 season. During his tenure, more than 50 Trojans teams finished in the Top 10 at their NCAA championships, including four that won NCAA titles.
The USC football team played in four Rose Bowls during his time.
According to USC, McGee guided major increases in fundraising, ticket sales and television revenues, strengthened academic programming, added marketing and recruiting departments, developed a community relations program, renovated facilities, and established a drug testing and education program during his tenure. While at USC, he also founded the Sports Management Institute to train future sports administrators.
McGee left USC to become the athletic director at South Carolina from 1993-2004. He served on the NCAA Management Council, the organization’s highest governing body, while at USC and South Carolina.
Before being an administrator, McGee was the head football coach at East Carolina in 1970 and then at his alma mater, Duke, from 1971-78. He also was an assistant coach before that at Duke, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
McGee won the 1959 Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman as a senior at Duke, then played with the NFL’s St. Louis Cardinals for three years (1960-62) before a neck injury ended his career.
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