Mac McWhorter

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Mac McWhorter
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1950-06-17) June 17, 1950 (age 64)
Atlanta, Georgia
Playing career
1971–1974 Georgia
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1974
1975–1978
1979
1980–1984
1985–1986
1987–1988
1989
1990
1991–1995
1996–1998
1999
2000–2001
2002–2010
2012–2013
Duluth (GA) H.S. (Assistant)
Douglas County (GA) H.S. (Assistant)
Villa Rica H.S.
Georgia Tech (Assistant)
Georgia (Assistant)
Alabama (Assistant)
West Georgia
Duke (OL)
Georgia (OL/TE/ST)
Clemson (OT/TE)
Memphis (OC)
Georgia Tech (OL)
Texas (OL)
Penn State (OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 5–7
Bowls 1–0
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse

Hamilton Pierce "Mac" McWhorter (born June 17, 1950) is a former offensive line coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions and was the interim head coach for Georgia Tech's football team in 2001 [1] after George O'Leary resigned and only coached for one game, the 2001 Seattle Bowl against No. 11-ranked Stanford. Tech won, 24 to 14,[2] technically giving McWhorter the highest win percentage of any Georgia Tech football coach.[1]

McWhorter was an All-SEC guard at Georgia in 1973. McWhorter retired following the 2010 season with the Longhorns.[3] The American Football Coaches of America voted Longhorn offensive line coach Mac McWhorter the top assistant coach in the country for 2008.[4]

After spending 2011 out of football following his retirement at Texas, Penn State's new football coach Bill O'Brien convinced McWhorter to join the staff at Penn State, following the death of Joe Paterno. McWhorter, who one sportswriter described as O'Brien's "biggest get" onto the coaching staff at Penn State, despite his enjoyment of retirement and attending football games as a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, agreed, and moved to the northeast for the first time in his life. His tenure at Penn State was not expected to last particularly long for a variety of reasons including parents in worsening health and grandchildren, but while at Penn State, he was beloved among his players, including offensive guard Miles Dieffenbach, who commented,

"We love him a lot ... He loves to have a good time. He's a funny guy. I don't know how old he is, but he's out there like he's 25 years old."[5]

McWhorter noted that he loved coaching at Penn State, but had no timetable for how long he would coach. McWhorter retired following the 2013 season once again after not being retained by James Franklin.[5]

"I thought it might be a great way to finish a career."

McWhorter, October 20, 2013[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
West Georgia Wolves (Gulf South Conference) (1989)
1989 West Georgia 4–7 3–5 T–6th
West Georgia: 4–7 3–5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2001)
2001 Georgia Tech 1–0[n 1] 0–0 W Seattle Bowl
Georgia Tech: 1–0 0–0
Total: 5–7
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McWhorter served as interim head coach for the Seattle Bowl after the resignation of George O'Leary following the conclusion of the regular season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Georgia Tech Football History Database
  2. ^ 2001-2002 Bowl Games
  3. ^ Riggs, Randy (December 7, 2010). "Greg Davis, Mike Tolleson, Mac McWhorter exit as UT coaches". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ Mac McWhorter on Texasfootball.com
  5. ^ a b c Gross, Mike (October 20, 2013). "Offensive line coach McWhorter is O'Brien's biggest ' get' at Penn State". Lancaster Newspapers. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 

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