Bobby Petrino Scandal: Garrick McGee, Speculated Successor, Comments

If Arkansas Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino is fired for lying about his relationship with a newly-hired subordinate, former offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is a popular candidate to replace him. McGee's in his first spring practice period as new coach of the UAB Blazers. After practice Friday, McGee was asked about his old boss:


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Well, it is an unfortunate situation for everybody involved. I think that in crises like this, true leadership takes charge. And the time I spent there, I'm convinced that they have really good leadership from the top down, all the way to the locker room, with Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis ... and those guys. I trust the leadership at the university to make the proper decisions to keep the program on top, where they are now.

I did speak with him the morning after the accident. We did have some communication, but I haven't spoke with him since then.

I'm a part of that program. I know all the people involved. I know the kids. The leadership, the Razorback nation. Just to see them going through a tough time right now is tough.

McGee, along with Arkansas St. Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn, has been the most frequently mentioned name as a possible new coach if Petrino indeed must go. Both have connections to the state and to the program in particular. When McGee got the Blazers job, Petrino was apparently so excited for him that Arkansas announced the hire days before UAB did.

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