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Terry Donahue

Title Head coach
Sport Football
Born June 24, 1944 (1944-06-24) (age 65)
Place of birth California Los Angeles, CA
Career highlights
Overall 151-74-8
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Championships
5 Pac-10 Conference Championships
(1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1993)
Awards
Playing career
1965-1966 UCLA
Position DT
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976-1995 UCLA
College Football Hall of Fame, 2000 (Bio)

Terry Donahue (born June 24, 1944, in Los Angeles, California) is a former college football coach and NFL general manager, and a current football analyst.

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Player

Terry graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Donahue played defensive line at UCLA. After graduating, he became an assistant coach at the University of Kansas under Pepper Rodgers.

Coach

In 1971, he returned to UCLA when Rodgers became the head coach there. After Rodgers left, Terry was an assistant under Dick Vermeil. Donahue is 2nd winningest coach in Pacific-10 Conference (92 league victories) and UCLA (151 wins) history. He compiled a record of 8-4-1 in bowl games and was the first coach in NCAA history to win a bowl game in seven consecutive seasons.

His UCLA teams won or shared 5 Pacific 10 Conference championships and won 3 Rose Bowl games (1983,1984, and 1986). He was 10-9-1 against USC in the UCLA-USC rivalry. His teams won four New Year's Day Bowl games in a row from 1983 to 1986.

Broadcasting career

He was the lead college football analyst for CBS Sports from 1996 to 1998, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

General manager

He was the hand-picked successor to Bill Walsh as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers (2001–2005), though the franchise fell from grace during this period ending nearly two decades of NFL dominance.[2] Among other things, "Donahue's draft record was spotty and the granting of a combined $19 million in signing bonuses to cornerback Ahmed Plummer and running back Kevan Barlow was questioned." [3] "Many around the NFL believe Donahue was even more responsible for the 49ers' demise [during this era of team history] than co-owner John York, who's often portrayed as the fall guy." [4] Although, in Bill Walsh's obituary, it is mentioned that Walsh was widely thought to be disappointed with York, brother-in-law of former owner Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., who seized control of the team in 1998 and presided over the 49ers' regression to the bottom of the league.[5]

Currently

In 2006, he became a game analyst for the NFL on Fox and has worked on their BCS coverage as well.

He currently serves as an analyst on College Football Now on NFL network.

Personal awards

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
UCLA Bruins (Pacific Ten Conference) (1976–1995)
1976 UCLA 9-2-1 6-1 2 L 6-36 Liberty Bowl 15 15
1977 UCLA 0-11 (a) 0-8
1978 UCLA 8-3-1 6-2 2 T 10-10 Fiesta Bowl 14 12
1979 UCLA 5-6 3-4 7
1980 UCLA 9-2 5-2 2 (b) 13 14
1981 UCLA 7-4-1 4-2-1 4 - T L 14-33 Bluebonnet Bowl
1982 UCLA 10-1-1 5-1-1 1 W 24-14 Rose Bowl 5 5
1983 UCLA 7-4-1 6-1-1 1 W 45-9 Rose Bowl 17 13
1984 UCLA 9-3 5-2 3 - T W 39-37 Fiesta Bowl 9 10
1985 UCLA 9-2-1 6-2 1 W 45-28 Rose Bowl 7 6
1986 UCLA 8-3-1 5-2-1 2 - T W 31-10 Freedom Bowl 14 14
1987 UCLA 10-2 7-1 1 - T W 20-16 Aloha Bowl 9 11
1988 UCLA 10-2 6-2 2 W 17-3 Cotton Bowl Classic 6 6
1989 UCLA 3-7-1 2-5-1 9
1990 UCLA 5-6 4-4 6 - T
1991 UCLA 9-3 6-2 2 - T W 6-3 Sun Bowl 19 18
1992 UCLA 6-5 3-5 8
1993 UCLA 8-4 6-1 1 - T L 16-21 Rose Bowl 18 17
1994 UCLA 5-6 3-5 5 - T
1995 UCLA 7-5 4-4 5 - T L 30-51 Aloha Bowl
UCLA: 144-81-8 92-61-5
Total: 144-81-8
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Notes

  • (a) UCLA forfeited 7 games in 1977 due to having an ineligible player, 5 of which were in conference—the team finished tied for 2nd before the forfeit
  • (b) UCLA was ineligible for post season play after the 1980 season due to probation

References

Legends Poll

  1. ^ 2009 Kickoff Luncheon and Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction program
  2. ^ San Francisco 49ers
  3. ^ 49ERS CLEAN HOUSE / Whatís up, Doc? / Erickson, Donahue are fired
  4. ^ ANALYSIS / Donahue deserves most of blame for 14 losses
  5. ^ Former 49ers coach Bill Walsh dead at 75 By JANIE MCCAULEY AP Sports Writer. July 30, 2007 (link from Boston Globe)

Biography at Corporate Artists

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dick Vermeil
UCLA Head Football Coach
1976–1995
Succeeded by
Bob Toledo
Preceded by
Bill Walsh
San Francisco 49ers General Manager
2001–2005
Succeeded by
Scot McCloughan (as Vice President of Player Personnel)







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