What Garrick McGee's departure means to UofL

03/09/2016 08:47 PM

There was one Louisville Cardinal missing from U of L’s Pro Day on Wednesday. And that’s because Garrick McGee is no longer offensive coordinator. McGee officially left the program early Wednesday to take the same job at Illinois, under new Illini Head Coach Lovie Smith.

Smith and McGee have been friends for years. Under Smith, look for McGee to get the opportunity to implement and run his offense. At Louisville, even though McGee did a great job of developing talent, the offense first and foremost is the property of head coach Bobby Petrino.

So by all accounts McGee leaving Louisville is not out of anger or frustration, but simply a business decision. He felt he had a better opportunity elsewhere.

“I wish Garrick McGee and his family nothing but the best and I am grateful for his friendship and commitment. 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.”

We discuss McGee’s departure while covering Pro Day.


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