A while back I caught up with one of the most interesting people I have ever met, former Bearcat Don McMillan.
Don attended UC just after WWII, at that time almost all college players were older than we would see today. Don was a 24 year old freshman in 1946. Back in those days players went both ways, Don was a Quarterback and Defensive Back. UC's coach was NFL great Ray Notling for the first 3 years running mostly a full house backfield with a back in motion.
The 1946 season was memorable for Don and
UC. On the schedule was defending Big 10 Champion Indiana, who returned 35
letterman that season. The Bearcats came away with the win against the Hoosiers
and also beat
In 1949 the Bearcats had a coaching change for Don's senior year. Coach Sid Gillman took over the program introducing an aggressive passing game. Coach Gillman is considered the Grandfather of the West Coast offense, Don McMillan very well may have been the first quarterback to run this offense.
The 1949 season ended in UC's second bowl
victory, the Bearcats defeated
After graduation from UC, Don went into
coaching at the high school level. His coaching careen spanned 26 years with
Outside of coaching Don also spent 32 years
Considering Don had been a coach himself and played or worked for Ray Nolting, Sid Gillman, and Paul Brown I thought I would get his impression of Coach Kelly and his staff. He was very complimentary of the staff and Brian Kelly; he was particularly pleased to see the push to get past players involved.
Don's Bearcat pride is still running strong; He doesn't make it to
Nippert these days for games but still follows closely. He expressed the pride
that he felt during last years