Southern Miss mourns the death of former AD Bill McLellan

HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - Bill McLellan replaced Roland Dale who stepped down in the spring of 1985. The Dillon, South Carolina native became the third full-time athletic director

in Southern Miss history after he had served as assistant athletic director and athletic director of Clemson University for nearly 30 years.

McLellan was instrumental in major facility improvements including additions to the Track and Soccer Complex, the construction

of the Pat Ferlise Center, the first state-of-the-art scoreboard at Roberts Stadium, a Student Services Center for athletics facility, improvements

at Pete Taylor Park and the M-Club annex.

The Southern Miss athletic budget grew from $2.7 million in 1986 to almost $10 million when he left while the Golden Eagles won championships,

played in bowl games and post season competitions.

He was a leader in the formation of Conference USA. At the time then Conference USA Commissioner Mike Slive said," McLellan's influence during

the early days of the league would not have occurred without the input and great leadership provided by Bill McLellan."

McLellan played football at Clemson from 1952-54, earned an undergraduate degree in agronomy in 1954 and a Master's degree in agricultural

economics in 1956. He later went into coaching. When Clemson Director of Athletics Frank Howard retired in 1971, McLellan replaced him.

Jeff Bower who served as Southern Miss head football coach from 1990-2007 said, "Bill McLellan did an unbelievable job for our university during his

tenure as athletic director and his contributions will always be remembered. He helped guide us through the years of the Metro Conference and into Conference USA and had a vision and a plan that helped us to be successful in both. As a young head football coach, he had the confidence to hire me

and bring me back to Southern Miss and made sure that I had the resources, tools and support to be successful. We will miss him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

McLellan is survived by his wife Ann and children Suzy, Bill, Cliff and Arch Anna.

A Memorial Service will be held Noon ET, Thursday in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

A graveside committal service will be held in Woodland Cemetery "Cemetery Hill" on the campus of Clemson University at 3 p.m.

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