As had been widely reported, Bobby Petrino will be the new head coach – if you want to call him “new”, he was the head coach from 2003-2006 – at Louisville.
Petrino was the head coach at Western Kentucky, after having – to put it lightly – tumultuous tenures as the short-term head guy for the Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas Razorbacks.
Well, another coach is stepping down from his current head coaching position to join Petrino’s staff. Garrick McGee will become the Louisville offensive coordinator – a position he held under Petrino at Arkansas – and step down from his current job as the head coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, per CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 9, 2014
McGee served as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2010 and 2011 and went 5-19 as the head coach at UAB, including a 3-13 record in Conference USA.
With Petrino’s history of packing his bags and leaving early from head coaching positions – and widely publicized scandal – Louisville has put in place a $10 million buyout if he decides to jet prematurely this time.
Why McGee would leave a head coaching position to become a coordinator again is at this time a mystery, although I’m guessing the 5-19 record had something to do with it.