Longtime South Carolina AD McGee dies at 80

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Former Southern Cal and South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee, a former Outland Trophy winner at Duke who hired Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier to lead Gamecocks football, died Friday. He was 80.

The University of South Carolina announced McGee's death, while Southern Cal said he died of natural causes at his home in Montrose, Colorado.

McGee was the Gamecocks' athletic director from 1993 until 2005. He was responsible for hiring several high-profile coaches at the SEC school, including Holtz after the 1998 season and Spurrier following Holtz's retirement in 2004. McGee also hired current AD Ray Tanner.

McGee served as athletic director at Southern Cal from 1984 until 1993. The Trojans played in four Rose Bowls during his tenure.

Before going to Los Angeles, McGee was AD at Cincinnati from 1980 to 1984.

McGee was head football coach at his alma mater, Duke, for eight years. His other head coaching job was at East Carolina. He was an assistant at Duke, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

McGee was an All-American offensive lineman with the Blue Devils, earning the Outland Trophy in 1959, and spent three seasons in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals before a neck injury ended his career.

He is survived by Ginger, his wife of 56 years, and their children, Kathy, Michael Jr., Matthew and Jerry.