John McKay came into town last weekend, ostensibly to honor eight sports personalities at a benefit that aided the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics and Birth Defects Center.
McKay, the former USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneer coach, told his wife, Corky, that he is now qualified to join the CIA.
McKay's real mission was more serious--triple-bypass heart surgery at the St. John's Heart Institute in Santa Monica.
The operation was performed Tuesday night and was described Wednesday by a hospital spokeswoman as successful. "Dr. Nicholas Diaco states that coach McKay is stable, his condition is excellent and will be in a discharged in a day or two," she said.
Nicholas Diaco is the twin brother of Joseph Diaco, team physician for the Buccaneers.
Corky McKay, who was visiting friends here Wednesday, said her husband is doing fine. "He looks better than I do," she said.