UAB hires Garrick McGee
As we told you, UAB was looking to move fast.
This morning, we have learned that UAB has reached agreement with Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee to become their next head coach. McGee has been at Arkansas four seasons, serving as offensive coordinator the last two.
Over the past few years, Bobby Petrino has been very supportive of McGee following his dream of becoming a head football coach. McGee has been considered by athletic directors at at least 10 other programs over the past few years.
Prior to his time at Arkansas, McGee he spent four seasons at Northwestern (including two as OC). Prior to that he was at Toledo for a season and before that he was in the league as a quality control / assistant for Bobby Petrino with the Jags.
McGee played quarterback for two seasons at Arizona State (coached by Petrino) and then spent two more seasons as the quarterback at Oklahoma.
Update> Statement from Bobby Petrino released on Arkansas's website:
"I want to congratulate Garrick McGee on becoming the head football coach at UAB. 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."
Some title game action mixed in with season finales.
All times are eastern.
Conference USA Championship Game: Southern Miss at Houston - 12 - ABC
Connecticut at Cincinnati - 12 - ESPN
Syracuse at Pittsburgh - 12 - ESPN2
Iowa State at Kansas State - 12:30 - FSN
Wyoming at Colorado State - 2 - MTN
UNLV at TCU - 2:30 - Versus
Texas at Baylor - 3:30 - ABC
SEC Championship Game: Georgia at LSU - 4 - CBS
BYU at Hawaii - 7:30 - ESPN2
ACC Championship Game: Clemson at Virginia Tech - 8 - ESPN
Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan State at Wisconsin - 8 - FOX
Fresno State at San Diego State - 8 - CBSSN
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State - 8 - ABC
Video: D-III Quarterfinals
Once again, we've got Pat Coleman, executive editor of D3football.com, on to talk about the games this weekend.
Quality stuff from Pat as always. Remember to check D3football.com on Saturday for scores and analysis.
Video: Quick look at the D-II playoffs
4 games this weekend.
Once again, we've got Bob Eblen, national columnist for D2Football.com, here to give us his insight on the bracket.
Video: Saban speaking to the Super Six coaches
Nick Saban spoke to the Super Six coaches (AL high school state championships) at a recent dinner and had some good points on the formula to create champions.
"You cannot win a championship until you are a champion, it doesn't go the other way. You don't win a championship and then you're a champion. You have to be a champion first to win a championship." Saban said.
He also touched on how to communicate with players by saying "There's a lot of ways to say things, and you've never got to be demeaning to a player to get him to do what you'd like for him to do".
He elaborates in the video below, worth a listen.
The Pac-12 has been the conference buzzing the last few weeks, with two big hires for Arizona and Washington State.
The salaries in the Pac-12 for current coaches are below:
Chip Kelly - Oregon: $2,800,000
Jeff Tedford - California: $2,300,000
Steve Sarkisian - Washington: $2,250,000
Mike Leach - Washington State: $2,225,000
Rich Rodriguez - Arizona: $1,190,000
Kyle Whittingham - Utah: $1,700,000
Mike Riley - Oregon State: $1,313,471
Jon Embree - Colorado: $725,000
Note that USC has not released Lane Kiffin's compensation; but we're pretty sure he's at the top of the list. Stanford, a private university, is not required to, and they do not, disclose David Shaw's compensation; but we're also pretty sure his would not be at the top of this list.
With the new TV money coming in soon, ASU and UCLA should have more than enough to be competitive on this list if they feel that is necessary to attract the right guy. Best part of the TV money might be what lies in it for the assistants!
Quick summary of the 4 guys who are done:
Erickson was $1.5 million. Stoops was $1.465 million. Neuheisel was $1.285 million and Paul Wulff was $600,000.
Championship Friday TV
Some title game action on tap tonight.
All times are eastern.
MAC Championship: Ohio v Northern Illinois - 7 - ESPN2
Pac-12 Championship: UCLA v Oregon - 7:30 - FOX
Texas A&M's statement
Texas A&M University Athletic Director Bill Byrne confirmed Thursday evening that head football coach Mike Sherman will not be retained for the 2012 football season. Byrne released the following statement:
Mike Sherman has operated our football program with the highest levels of character and integrity over the past four seasons and has served as a great ambassador for Texas A&M University. Mike has always put the welfare of the student-athlete and Texas A&M first.
I appreciate Coach Sherman's selfless service to Texas A&M as our head football coach and his tireless efforts in building leaders of character. He is truly one of the great offensive minds in football, both collegiate and professional, and I know that he has much to offer the game of football in the future.
After discussions with our coaches, we will decide who will be the interim coach of the Aggies in our upcoming bowl game. We will meet with the team and assistant coaches as soon as possible, probably tomorrow.