Birmingham reacts after UAB head football coach resigns - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Birmingham reacts after UAB head football coach resigns

Garrick McGee. Source: WBRC file video Garrick McGee. Source: WBRC file video
Garrick McGee. Source: WBRC file video Garrick McGee. Source: WBRC file video

The city of Birmingham is reacting after UAB confirmed Garrick McGee had resigned as head football coach for the Blazers.

After two seasons, McGee's record was 5-19.

"It's been a tough two years. Five wins in a Conference U.S.A., you expect more than that from a guy that came from good programs," Jox 94.5 Radio personality Scot Harrison said.

And that's why Harrison says he wasn't all that surprised about McGee's decision to leave.

"It may be a scenario where he looks up north and sees a good opportunity to go. Maybe make same money, maybe a little more...get out of a pretty tough situation," he said.

"Honestly, I don't think it's that big of a deal. he didn't do that great here," UAB student Brian Hester said.

He and other students FOX6 News spoke to Thursday night on campus feel like resigning was the best move for McGee.

"I mean obviously it wasn't working for him where he was. If he needs to take time and learn under someone else like he's going to do at Louisville, then I understand that," Jessie Wiggins said.

Harrison feels that McGee needed more time to put his program in place with the right players.

But he thinks there's still hope for UAB football, although he says it's going to be tough for whomever is chosen as the next leader of the program.

"You're going to have a lot of competition for really good athletes. I think you can get guys that didn't fit in at University of Alabama or Auburn to maybe decide to come back to Birmingham, if they're from here, have a second chance. Jacksonville State has done so with that," Harrison said.

FOX News called UAB's Athletic Department for comment but we have yet to hear from them.

A spokesperson says Mackin will speak with UAB's president before releasing any information about the search for the new coach.

The Associated Press, ESPN and have reported that McGee will become an offensive coordinator under Bobby Petrino at Louisville. No official announcement has been made from the school however.

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