Before joining the Vikings, McKinnie concluded a 20-year career as a college basketball coach, including a three-year stint as an assistant coach for the University of Miami (1994-96).
McKinnie played football at the University of Iowa from 1965-67, where he earned All-Big 10 honors as a running back. He graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts. Following graduation, McKinnie played five seasons of professional football with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1968-71, ’73). He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972, but played the season with the Atlanta Falcons and the Kansas City Chiefs.Silas Anthony McKinnie was born in Detroit. He attended Robichaud High School in Dearborn, Mich., where he earned all-state honors in both football and basketball. He has a daughter, Ixchel, and a son, Lance.
The Lions had running back Tevin Coleman, who was a big-play threat waiting to happen for the Indiana Hoosiers, in for a pre-draft visit Thursday.
Martin Mayhew explained there were several reasons the Lions blocked the Bears request to interview Jim Bob Cooter for their offensive coordinator opening.
Florida State defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. appreciates his father's advice as he goes through the pre-draft process, including a visit to the Lions' training facility Wednesday.
Indiana RB Tevin Coleman, who the Lions brought in on a pre-draft visit, talks at the NFL Combine about his toe surgery and being unable to run at the event.
Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, who the Lions brought in on a pre-draft visit, talks at the NFL Combine about his decision to leave school early for the draft and his days playing soccer.