|Born||c. 1936 (age 84–85)|
|Alma mater||Florida State University, 1963|
|Position(s)||End, center, linebacker, fullback|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1963||Florida State (assistant)|
|1964||Wichita State (assistant)|
|1965||Texas Western (assistant)|
|1970||Kansas State (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
Y C McNease
|Years of service||1956–1959|
Y C McNease (born c. 1936) is a former American college football coach. He was the head football coach at the University of Idaho for the 1968 and 1969 seasons.
Born in Raleigh, Mississippi, McNease graduated from Leland High School in Leland in 1956, and joined the U.S. Marines. After his three years of military service, he attended junior college and transferred to Florida State, where he was on the roster for the 1961 and 1962 seasons as an end and center, and also played linebacker and fullback. Well into his twenties and losing his hair, McNease was nicknamed "Pappy" by his younger FSU teammates.
Following his playing career, McNease was an assistant coach for five seasons at four schools; Florida State, Wichita State, Texas-El Paso, and Michigan. He was named the head coach at the University of Idaho in January 1968 at age 31, at an annual salary of $16,800. McNease succeeded Steve Musseau and placed a new emphasis on the passing game; the 1968 Vandals were 5–5 and 3–1 in the Big Sky but the next year the team struggled with injuries and slipped to 2–8 with only one win in conference in 1969.
After just two seasons at Idaho, McNease was dismissed in May 1970 following spring practices. Though reasons were not fully disclosed by the university, it was attributed to his disciplinary tactics and player unrest. Additionally, an altercation reportedly occurred with a player in a Memorial Gym hallway and resulted in a ripped coat. Several months after his dismissal, McNease filed a $1 million breach of contract lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the university of Idaho. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 1973 for just under $24,800.
McNease coached as an assistant for the next three seasons at Kansas State and back at UTEP, until his resignation in late October 1972, which followed the resignation of head coach Bobby Dobbs.
McNease left coaching and worked in the insurance and financial services industry, with stops in Athens, Georgia, and back on the Palouse in the Moscow-Pullman area in the early 1980s. As of 2010, he is a resident of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
His unique first name is simply "Y C" and is unpunctuated; his last name is pronounced in three syllables (Mac-Nee-See).
|Idaho Vandals (Big Sky Conference) (1968–1969)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title or championship game berth|