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John McKay

Age: 77

legendary USC football coach who popularized the "I" formation in the 1960s and later became the first head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise; remembered for his candor and sharp, witty one-liners when dealing with the press; once questioned about his team's execution, McKay quipped, "I think it's a good idea."; lost his first 26 games with Tampa, an NFL record; led the Bucs to the 1979 NFC Championship Game and postseason appearances in 1981 and 1982; despite a 44-88-1 record in nine seasons (1976-84), he was the team's winningest coach until 1997 when he was surpassed by Tony Dungy; won four national titles at USC; tied with Notre Dame coach Frank Leahy for national titles, only Bear Bryant has more (6); in 16 seasons was 127-40-8, had three undefeated seasons, and won nine Pac-8 titles; coached 40 first-team All-Americans and two Heisman Trophy winners; assistant coach at USC and Oregon before taking over the Trojans in 1960; three-year letterman at Oregon where he still holds the Ducks record for yards-per-carry (6.4); inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 1988; his son, Rich, is the Buccaneers general manager. He died of kidney failure due to complications from diabetes.

Died: Tampa, June 10

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