Former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue has been diagnosed with cancer, the university has announced.
The 74-year-old was released from UC San Diego’s Jacobs Medical Center on Tuesday, four days after surgery. He will soon undergo chemotherapy. The type of cancer Donahue is battling has not — and will not — been disclosed.
A former UCLA defensive tackle, Donahue jumped into coaching as the defensive line coach at Kansas from 1968-70, then spent the remainder of his coaching career at his alma mater. After five seasons as the Bruins’ offensive line coach, he was promoted to head coach in 1976 and lasted for the next 20 years.
Under Donahue’s stewardship, UCLA went 151-74-8 with 12 AP top-25 finishes, seven New Year’s Six bowl finishes, at least a share of five Pac-10 championships and four Rose Bowl trips.
UCLA has made just one Rose Bowl trip in the 24 seasons since Donahue’s departure.
After leaving UCLA, Donahue worked as the lead college football analyst for CBS. He passed on an opportunity to serve as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, instead moving into personnel with the San Francisco 49ers, serving as director of player personnel from 1999-00 before succeeding Bill Walsh as the club’s general manager in 2001, where he remained through 2005.
Donahue was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
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