On Saturday, it was announced that Arkansas Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee has been hired as the new Head Coach of University of Alabama-Birmingham. This is his first head coaching position in his college football career.
Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino released a statement via arkansasrazorbacks.com:
“I want to congratulate Garrick McGee on becoming the head football coach at UAB. I have enjoyed watching Garrick progress throughout his career and I am excited to see him get this opportunity. Garrick has been with me as a player and an assistant coach and I thank him for being a big part of everything we have been able to build here at Arkansas. The guidance he has provided our offense and quarterbacks the past four seasons has been immeasurable. Garrick grew up the son of a coach and is a natural teacher and leader. He will have a solid plan for the football program at UAB and the dedication to carry it out. Garrick, Tiffany and the entire McGee family leave with my gratitude for a job well done with the Razorbacks, and best wishes for continued success at UAB.”
News of his new job will be no shock for Hog Fans who were able to see many of McGee’s responsibilities when he was heavily featured in ESPN’s Depth Chart: Arkansas back in October. McGee was promoted from QB Coach to Offensive Coordinator after Paul Petrino left the staff in 2009. During his time as an Arkansas Assistant McGee has seen nearly every passing record in Razorback History broken.
News of his hiring first came via Twitter: