McGee Takes UAB Post

Arkansas assistant Garrick McGee to be named head coach at Alabama-Birmingham. McGee leaves after four years as lead offensive assistant under Bobby Petrino.

Garrick McGee will be named head coach at Alabama-Birmingham, a source close to the situation with the Blazers said Saturday.

McGee has been quarterbacks coach for the last four seasons at Arkansas under Bobby Petrino. He was offensive coordinator the last three seasons.

McGee is a product of Tulsa, Okla., and this is the second year in a row he's been a finalist for a head coaching job. He was in the final two for the opening at Tulsa last year.

McGee was offensive coordinator at Northwestern before coming to Arkansas. He had previously played for Petrino at Arizona State and worked under Petrino as quality control assistant for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I want to congratulate Garrick McGee on becoming the head football coach at UAB," Petrino said in a statement released by the Arkansas sports information department.

"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."

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