Arkansas Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has been hired as the new head coach of the UAB Blazers, Hogs boss Bobby Petrino confirmed in a statement. McGee had been one of a cluster of coaches who'd reportedly interviewed for the gig, which became available upon the resignation of Neil Callaway.
I want to congratulate Garrick McGee on becoming the head football coach at UA. 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.
McGee was named Arkansas' OC before the 2010 season. He'd been linked with the once-available Tulsa job -- he's from Oklahoma -- but withdrew his name. He's coached at Northwestern, Toledo, and elsewhere.
For more on McGee, visit Arkansas blog Arkansas Expats.