Louisville coach Bobby Petrino released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, confirming that Garrick McGee is leaving for Illinois

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino released a statement on Wednesday afternoon, confirming that offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has left the program for the same position at Illinois.

The University of Louisville is looking for an offensive coordinator.

Garrick McGee left the position after two seasons on Wednesday, taking the same job at Illinois on the staff with new coach - and his close friend - Lovie Smith. McGee came to U of L after spending time as the head coach at UAB.

He had previously worked with Bobby Petrino and turned down a job interview last year at Oklahoma.

Petrino confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon. Illinios is expected to announce the hiring later in the week.

"I wish Garrick McGee and his family nothing but the best and I am grateful for his friendship and commitment," Petrino said in the statement. "I’ve known him for a long time and I’m going to miss him as a person and a coach.

"He did a great job wherever we have coached together and I think he has a great football mind. I know it was a difficult decision for him because he’s had such a close relationship with Lovie Smith, and he feels like this is the right move for him.

"I wish him nothing but success and I am grateful for his dedication through the years.”


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