Former UCLA Football Coach Terry Donahue Diagnosed with Cancer

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 22, 2019

PASADENA, CA - OCTOBER 12:  Former head coach Terry Donahue attends the game between the UCLA Bruins and the California Golden Bears at the Rose Bowl on October 12, 2013 in Pasadena, California. UCLA won 37-10.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Former UCLA Bruins football coach Terry Donahue has been diagnosed with cancer and is beginning chemotherapy after undergoing surgery on Friday, according to a press release from UCLA.

Donahue, 74, spent 20 seasons (1976-95) as UCLA's head coach, going 151-74-8 during his time at the school. He led the Bruins to 13 bowl games (winning eight), five Pac-10 titles and finished ranked in the top 10 on five separate occasions.

Between 1982-88 he won an impressive seven straight bowl games, including three Rose Bowls. 

He also guided some of the best players in program history, including Troy Aikman, Kenny Easley, Jonathan Ogden, Ken Norton, Jr. and Jerry Robinson.

Donahue also played his college ball at UCLA as a defensive tackle. He spent five years on the team's staff, including two under Dick Vermeil, before being named the head coach.

Donahue then served as the San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel from 1999-00 and was the general manager from 2001-05. The Niners went 35-45 under his guidance, though they did win a division title and make two playoff appearances.

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