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Garrick McGee withdraws from Tulsa search

By: 14 January 2011 One Comment

It’s been a busy week for Arkansas Razorbacks Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee.

The word got out earlier this week that McGee was talking to both Connecticut and Tulsa about taking head coaching jobs at those colleges. on Friday Connecticut introduced Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni as its head coach and McGee issued a statement saying he has withdrawn from the Tulsa search.

“My goal is to one day be a head coach and there are a number of considerations that factor into when that time will come,” McGee said in the statement. “I appreciate the opportunity Tulsa gave me to meet about their program and wish them the best of luck in their search. I look forward to continuing to work with Coach (Bobby) Petrino towards our goal of winning championships.”

So, there you have it.

McGee was named Razorbacks offensive coordinator by Petrino after the 2009 season when Paul Petrino left for Illinois. Prior to becoming offensive coordinator, McGee spent two years working with quarterbacks and reports have it that he — as an Oklahoma native — has been valuable to Arkansas’ recruiting efforts in general and particularly in the Sooner State.

It’s worth mentioning that McGee said in his statement that he’d like to be a head coach one day. With a few more seasons like the last one — Arkansas went 10-2 in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play and was ranked No. 6 prior to making its first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) appearance in the Sugar Bowl — McGee might get his wish in the future.

In a (somewhat) related story, another SEC offensive coordinator — Auburn’s Gus Malzahn — talked to Vanderbilt about a head coaching job last month but decided to stay put.

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
Benton resident. Rogue journalist. Recovering attorney. Email = Ethan@FirstArkansasNews.net.

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