Since the Outland Trophy winners from 1946 through 1989, did not receive the authentic Outland Trophy, Downtown Rotary Club of Omaha has presented a past winner their trophy and
The 2010 Past Outland Award Trophy is Awarded to Michael B. McGee, Duke ('59).
1959 Outland Award
1959 ACC Football Player-of-the-Year
1959-60 ACC Athlete-of-the-Year
Coach Bill Murray once called Mike McGee "the greatest lineman I have ever been associated with." Few who saw McGee's No. 68 all over the field in the late 1950's would disagree.
McGee, a native of Elizabeth City, NC, was a stalwart offensively and defensively from 1957-59. He received his first collegiate start at right guard in the 1958 Orange Bowl and used it as a stepping stone to a great career.
McGee was impressive both as a junior and senior. One of the great moments of his junior season came in the final game with North Carolina, when he blocked a Tar Heel extra point to give Duke a 7-6 victory and keep UNC out of the Sugar Bowl.
As a senior, McGee was team captain and MVP, national lineman of the week following an upset of Georgia Tech, ACC football player-of-the-year, ACC athlete-of-the-year, a consensus All-America and the Outland Trophy winner.
Mike McGee began his career in college athletics as an athlete at Duke University, where he was a first-team All-American tackle in football. McGee was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1989. He was named head coach at East Carolina University in 1970. He returned to Duke as the head coach for eight seasons (1971-78).
After serving at Duke, McGee earned his Ph.D. in higher education/business administration at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
In 1980, he was named AD at the University of Cincinnati. Three years later, the Bearcat football team defeated defending national champion Penn State.
McGee then became the AD at the University of Southern California (USC) (1984-93). During his tenure at Southern Cal, fund raising and overall revenue doubled, USC won at least one national championship each year and participated in four Rose Bowls.
In 1993, McGee joined the University of South Carolina just after the university moved to the Southeastern Conference. In his final eight years at South Carolina, 13 Gamecock head coaches earned either national or SEC Coach-of-the-Year titles.
In 2005, McGee received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest honor a civilian can receive in the state of South Carolina.
In 1985, he founded and directed for 17 years, the prestigious Sports Management Institute, the leading in-service training academy for professional staff in intercollegiate athletics.