Charlie "Cholly Mac" McClendon
- Position: Coach
- School: Louisiana State
- Years: 1962-1979
- Inducted: 1986
- Place of Birth: Lewisville, AR
- Date of Birth: Oct 17, 1923
- Place of Death: Baton Rouge, LA
- Date of Death: Dec 07, 2001
Member BiographyBorn in Lewisville, Arkansas, in 1923, Charlie McClendon
began his long association with college football at the
University of Kentucky. At six-feet one-inch and 185 pounds,
he played under Bear Bryant and alongside such notable stars
as George Blanda, Bob Gain, Jerry Claiborne and Babe Parilli.
After serving one year as Bryant's assistant, he joined Bill
Edwards' staff at Vanderbilt. In 1953 he left Vandy to join
Gaynell Tinsley at Louisiana State, where he remained when
Paul Dietzel became head coach in 1955. Following Dietzel's
departure in 1962, McClendon was named the Tiger head
coach, a position he held for 18 years. Sixteen times he had a
winning season, a mark that only a few college coaches have
compiled. His record was 137-59-7 for a winning percentage
of .692. He was voted the nation's coach of the year in 1970.
After he left coaching, McClendon served as executive
director of the American Football Coaches Association.
He was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Lewisville, Arkansas. He died December 7, 2001, in Baton Rouge, LA.