Garrick McGee leaving Arkansas?
Everyone in the world knows about it in a hurry.
The Associated Press (AP) reported on Wednesday afternoon that Garrick McGee has interviewed with the Connecticut Huskies about being the head coach. That report was followed in short order by a Tulsa World article stating that McGee has interviewed for the head coaching at the University of Tulsa.
Should he decide to leave, that’s Arkansas’ loss. McGee has been at Arkansas for three years but has been the offensive coordinator for only the past season. The 2010 season, of course, is the best one Arkansas has had in some time. The Hogs finished the season with a 10-2 record and were ranked No. 6 nationally. Arkansas played in the Sugar Bowl, marking the team’s first appearance in a BCS bowl (the Hogs lost to Ohio State after a second-quarter comeback fell short, but a lot of Razorbacks fans are optimistic about the future).
Shortly after the bowl, quarterback Ryan Mallett announced he was skipping his senior year and putting in for the NFL draft. And now it appears McGee is on the way out the door, too.
While it’s not exactly fun to contemplate losing either Mallett or McGee, it’s hard to blame them for looking at other opportunities. Head Coach Bobby Petrino may well be building a very successful program here at Arkansas, and such opportunities do tend to present themselves when an organization is showing marked improvement.
By the way, the McGee interview is part of the musical chairs phenomenon that happens about this time every year in college football. The UConn head coaching job opened up after Randy Edsall left for Maryland, whereas the Tulsa job is available because Todd Graham packed up and took a job with Pittsburgh. It’s worth mentioning that McGee is a Tulsa native — a fact that would no doubt help with recruiting over there (just like his Oklahoma ties have helped Arkansas land a player or two).
Should McGee decide to stay or go, we’ll be sure to post something here at First Arkansas News as soon as he makes an announcement.
UPDATE: Looks like McGee may well be sticking with the Razorbacks.
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