McGee turns down OU to remain at Louisville

Cardinals offensive coordinator offered same position at Oklahoma

University of Louisville offensive coordinator Garrick McGee had an opportunity to the staff at Oklahoma - his alma mater - this week, but has turned it down.

Sooners head coach Bob Stoops expressed an interest in McGee after firing the program's coordinators earlier this week. McGee played quarterback for two seasons at Oklahoma during the 1990's and he earned his bachelors from OU in 1996.

McGee's decision to remain at U of L centered around his long relationship with Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino and the program's championship aspirations.

"I appreciate the offer from Coach Bob Stoops and my alma mater," McGee said in a statement on Thursday evening. "OU has a special place in my heart, but Bobby Petrino and the University of Louisville are very special to me."

McGee served as offensive coordinator for Petrino for two seasons at Arkansas, helping the Razorbacks program reach its only BCS bowl appearance. He served as head coach for two seasons prior at UAB prior to joining Petrino's staff at Louisville."

"Garrick is one of the brightest minds and I am excited that he is committed to being part of what we are building at the University of Louisville," Petrino said. "I've known Garrick a long time and he is someone I trust. We have won a lot of football games together and I'm happy he wants to help U of L win a championship."

McGee has also served as an assistant at Northwestern, Toledo and UNLV.

This story will be updated.


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