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    J.K. McKay
    J.K.  McKay

    Senior Associate Athletic Director for Football

    John "J.K." McKay, a former standout USC wide receiver whose name is synonymous with Trojan football greatness and who subsequently developed a legal and business background well-suited for running sports organizations, became a senior associate athletic director for football at USC in August of 2010.

    The 57-year-old McKay has been a practicing attorney since 1982. In 1986, he joined the law firm of Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble, Mallory as an associate and became a partner in 1990, specializing in real estate litigation. He represented the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in negotiating the potential relocation of the franchise and consulted in the financing and construction of the team's new stadium in Tampa. He then worked in 1997 with a group from Hollywood Park trying to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles.

    In 1998, he was executive director of football operations for Majestic Realty Co./New Coliseum Partners, a group headed by Ed Roski to bring a football franchise to Los Angeles. He worked with senior NFL executives assessing criteria for a Los Angeles team. He was responsible for negotiating the renovation of the Los Angeles Coliseum and for the acquisition of an expansion NFL franchise.

    In 2000-01, McKay was vice president and general manager for the Los Angeles Xtreme of the now-defunct XFL.

    Most recently, he was a lawyer at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro in Los Angeles.

    After starring at Bishop Amat High in La Puente (Calif.), where he paired with lifelong friend and future Trojan teammate Pat Haden (now USC's athletic director), McKay lettered 3 years (1972-74) at wide receiver at USC while playing for his father, head coach John McKay. The younger McKay was a member of USC's 1972 and 1974 national championship teams and played in 3 Rose Bowls. He led USC in receiving as a senior in 1974 (34 catches for 550 yards and 8 TDs). He was Co-MVP of the 1975 Rose Bowl (with Haden) when he caught a 38-yard TD pass (from Haden) late in the game to help the Trojans to a comeback 18-17 win over Ohio State. He was selected to play in the 1975 Hula Bowl and Senior Bowl. He still ranks 23rd on USC's career receiving list with 88 catches for 1,326 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1998.

    He received his bachelor's degree from USC in 1975 in political science.

    A 16th round pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 1975 NFL draft, he played with the Southern California Sun of the World Football League in 1975. He then served briefly as an assistant coach at Oregon State in 1976 before spending 3 seasons (1976-78) playing wide receiver for his father at the Buccaneers.

    While playing pro football, McKay attended Stetson College of Law and earned his law degree there in 1982. During law school and after his NFL playing career, he was an assistant to the Buccaneers' president, general manager and head coach.

    McKay's father, John, won 4 national championships, 5 Rose Bowls and 9 conference titles while winning 75% of his games (127-40-8) as USC's football coach from 1960 to 1975. A member of the College Football and USC Athletic Halls of Fame, he was twice National Coach of the Year (1962, 1972). He also served as Troy's athletic director for 4 years (1972-75). He then became the Buccaneers' first-ever head coach, serving for 9 seasons (1976-84).

    His brother, Rich, has been the president of the Atlanta Falcons since 2004 (he also served as the team's general manager from 2004 to 2007). He was the general manager of the Buccaneers from 1995 to 2003.

    McKay was born on March 28, 1953. His wife's name is Kim. He has 3 children: sons Jeff, 31, and Haden, 4, and daughter Kiley, 10.