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Garrick McGee headed to UAB

By: 6 December 2011 2 Comments

Our loss is their gain — Arkansas Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee has been named head coach of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

McGee has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas for the past two seasons. It’s worth mentioning that the Razorbacks went 10-2 in the regular season both this year and last and that the Hogs led the SEC in passing offense this year. It should also be noted that Arkansas Head Coach Bobby Petrino has issued a statement congratulating McGee on his new job at UAB. McGee, by the way, will not be on the sidelines when the Razorbacks face Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6.

Was anyone stunned that McGee accepted a head coaching job at UAB. Probably not. He was talking to other schools about head coaching jobs after last season — Connecticut and Tulsa, to be precise, and withdrew from the Tulsa search.

In short, the man has talent and appeared destined for a head coaching job somewhere. It’s probably fortunate for the Hogs that he’s joining UAB — a Conference USA school — rather than another Southeastern Conference squad.

McGee’s decision to accept a head coaching job at UAB is the second major announcement this week of an Arkansas coach heading elsewhere. On Monday, Ole Miss announced that Hugh Freeze — head coach of Arkansas State University — had accepted the head coaching job at Ole Miss. Freeze will replace Houston Nutt, who coached at Ole Miss for four years after leaving the University of Arkansas.

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

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