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June 11, 2001
CAREER From 1960 to 1975, John McKay built one of the most dominant programs in college football at USC. McKay led the Trojans to four national titles, nine Pacific 8 Conference championships and six bowl victories in nine appearances, among them five in the Rose Bowl in eight trips. He left USC after the 1975 season to become the first coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.
November 9, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
BERKELEY - University of California football fans are lucky in the sense there is no more beautiful venue to get ear-holed than Memorial Stadium. After all, you could be lousy and freezing. Losing always goes down easier with a view of San Francisco and a vintage Pinot Noir. That is what makes difficult any fruitful evaluation of USC's 62-28 stomp-walk over Cal on Saturday. USC appears tenfold improved and energized under interim Coach Ed Orgeron, but what does a win over Cal prove?
June 16, 2001
Imagine arriving at USC in the fall of 1962. Imagine seeing your football team go 12-0 and win the national championship. Imagine never seeing your team lose a conference game throughout your four years at USC. Imagine beating Notre Dame four times in a row. Imagine always beating UCLA. Imagine what it was like to have a coach like John McKay. It was unimaginable. He brought humor. He brought joy. He brought pride. His like will not soon be seen again and he will never be forgotten.
October 21, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora will go from Eugene, Ore., to Seattle after Saturday's game to attend a memorial service for Washington Coach Don James. James died at his home from the effects of pancreatic cancer on Sunday. He was 80. Mora, who was a walk-on defensive back under James from 1980 to '83, said, “I learned so much from him, playing for him, that I have applied to my coaching career.” Mora knew James, “since I was 5 years old.” James' oldest daughter would babysit him. When Mora was older, he would babysit James' younger daughter.
John McKay, the colorful and innovative coach who restored dominance to USC's football program, making it a feared college powerhouse, died Sunday in Tampa, Fla. He was 77. In 16 seasons at USC, McKay led the Trojans to four national championships and coached two Heisman Trophy winners. He was almost as well known for his legendary one-liners and quick retorts.
January 2, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
What does it mean to be USC's football coach, with a couple of national championships under your belt, living in the entertainment capital of the world? J.K. McKay learned early. He remembers having dinner as a kid at Chasen's in Beverly Hills with his dad, the late Trojan coach John McKay, and legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. The waiter approached with a request. "Coach McKay," he said. "Mr. Sinatra has a table in back and wants you to stop by."
April 26, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nancy Jean 'Corky' McKay, the widow of former USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneers football coach John McKay, died of cancer Saturday in Tampa, Fla. She was 73.
October 15, 1996
Former USC coach John McKay, 73, returned to his Tampa home after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery last Wednesday, his son, Rich, said. . . . Starting guard Chris Brymer experienced only minor pain in his broken foot after running on it Sunday for the first time in a month.
March 20, 1993
First USC hired back John Robinson. Now the Trojans are honoring John McKay as their "Celebrity of the Year." What decade are these guys living in, anyway? MICHAEL HANNIN Beverly Hills
October 21, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Bill Sharman is 87 years old. Saturday afternoon, he had a mild stroke. These things hit us like lightning bolts of reality. Los Angeles has more than its share of sports legends. We are blessed. We thought John Wooden would live forever. We were wrong. Jim Murray, Jerry Buss, Chick Hearn, Jack Kramer. We just assumed there, too. It is not right that there isn't still a booth at Julie's, with John McKay firing off one-liners. We cling to our special people. Tommy Lasorda is our living proof that pasta is a vegetable.
October 18, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC quarterback Max Wittek remains ready if needed. In the days leading up to last season's game against Notre Dame, Wittek was preparing for his first career start. Now he is Cody Kessler's backup. "I just take every day like I'm needed," Wittek said. "You never know when I'm going to have to come into the game. " Wittek started in place of injured Matt Barkley against then top-ranked Notre Dame and completed 14 of 23 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown, with two passes intercepted, in a 22-13 loss.
October 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Even if they didn't have any other reason, USC and Notre Dame should play football every year just so we can tell John McKay stories. He coached the Trojans from 1960-75 and you don't need a record book to know he was successful. Just wander onto the USC campus. There you will find a $70-millon state-of-the-art athletic facility named the John McKay Center. At the south entrance is a statue of a man, his hand on his chin as if pondering his next one-liner. Legends get statues.
October 12, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA Coach Jim Mora said he was still learning about the UCLA-California rivalry. It is the Bruins' longest continuous running series, as they have played California every year since 1933 (and twice a year in the mid-1940s). UCLA held a 50-32-1 lead in their 83 games before Saturday. Stanford is the only team UCLA has played more, as the Bruins will face the Cardinals for the 85th time next week. As rivalries go, this ranks second to USC for the Bruins. Mora got a dose of it a year ago, when a poor California team routed the Bruins, 43-17.
October 11, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It was just a few ticks of the clock before midnight Thursday when Ed Orgeron blended his own feelings into those of USC football fans. "Today, I woke up happy," he said, "and I'm not a happy guy. " Friday morning, most USC fans, who had been like Orgeron, woke up the same. Orgeron called USC's 38-31 victory over Arizona "an A-plus. " In most ways, he was right. The Trojans needed to win. Period. Be it a fluke, or by a bad call. Even the lights going out and changing the momentum.
October 6, 2011 | By Gary Klein
USC players were off Thursday, but work continues seemingly nonstop on the new $70-million John McKay Center, which is rising on campus across the street from Brian Kennedy-Howard Jones Field. Workers broke ground on the 110,000-square-foot, three-level building in January and construction is on schedule to be finished by midsummer. Coach Lane Kiffin charts the building's progress every morning when he makes the short trek from Heritage Hall to the practice field. "The crews working over there amaze me," Kiffin said.
December 13, 1986
I might be in a minority, but I think nice guy Ted Tollner got what he deserved: To be fired. His record can't stand up to his predecessors, John Robinson and John McKay. FREDERICK D. ROBERSON Los Angeles
January 1, 1987
I think nice guy Ted Tollner got what he deserved: To be fired. His record can't stand up to his predecessors, John Robinson and John McKay. Editor's note: These letters represent many of the best received by The Times in 1986
April 25, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
When ordinary point guards routinely perform like Chris Paul against the Lakers, it's really no surprise when CP3 himself performs like Magic Johnson . . . . It's a Lakers weakness. . . . Kobe Bryant's inconsistency suggests his peak is past. . . . Length is the Lakers' friend — or should be, anyway. . . . Turning Rudy Tomjanovich's old Houston Rockets rallying cry on its head, reader Tony Chan of Walnut writes of the Lakers' woes, "Never overestimate the heart of a champion.
August 20, 2010 | Bill Dwyre
J.K. McKay says he is not George Orwell, this is not 1984, and he is not Big Brother watching over Lane Kiffin. "That's not how I see it," McKay says, "and not how Lane sees it, either. " Then McKay smiles, something happening a lot these days at USC's Heritage Hall. "Yes, Lane has been something of a lightning rod," McKay says. "My job is to keep him off 'SportsCenter.' We'll look up at the TV screen at that little scrawl across the bottom and I'll say, 'See, you're not there.
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