Charlie "Cholly Mac" McClendon began his
legendary coaching career under Bear
Bryant in 1950 at the University of
Kentucky. Three years later he
came to Louisiana State University and
as an assistant coach helped the Tigers
to the 1958 National Championship.
He was elevated to head coach after the
Charlie served 18 years as head coach at
LSU, becoming the Tigers' most
successful coach by achieving an overall
record of 137-59-7. During his LSU
tenure he garnered 16 winning seasons.
He coached 21 first-team All-Americans
and 56 players who earned All-SEC
Coach Mac was named SEC Coach of the
Year in 1969 and 1970 after leading his
Tigers to a 9-3 record. Eleven of
his teams won eight or more games.
After leaving LSU, Coach Mac spent two
years as the Executive Director of the
Tangerine Bowl (now the Florida Citrus
Bowl). In 1982 he became the
Executive Director of the American
Football Coaches Association. He
served the AFCA with distinction for 12
years before his retirement in 1994.
Before he passed away in 2001 he
established the Charles McClendon
Scholarship Foundation to provide
scholarship aid to the children of
former LSU football lettermen.
In 2007 Charles McClendon was inducted
into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
An honor so richly deserved.