The Vanderbilt Commodores haven’t ever really had a ton of success on the football field, but one of their more successful coaches during the late 1970’s and early 80’s was George MacIntyre. He passed away on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.
During his time with the Commodores, MacIntyre had a 25-52-1 record, which puts him at number six for most all-time wins as a head coach at the school. He also led the Commodores to an 8-4 in 1982 and an appearance in the Hall of Fame Bowl, a season which also saw him win the SEC and national coach of the year awards.
“Coach Mac was a true father figure away from home at a time before cell phones, when it was too expensive to call home,” former Vanderbilt lineman Will Wollford, who had an outstanding career in the NFL, told the Nashville Post. “He treated us all fairly and we all had equal value in his eyes. He was a kind-hearted, southern gentleman.”
He will certainly be missed by all of the Vanderbilt family. Rest in peach, Coach MacIntyre.
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