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UAB names McGee head football coach

Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Garrick McGee was introduced as head coach at UAB on Monday, leaving his position as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, where he was named a finalist for the Broyles Award as one of the country's top assistants.

"This is a great day for UAB and UAB football," said athletic director Brian Mackin.

The search for a new coach was started after Neil Callaway retired on November 27 following five seasons as head coach of the Blazers.

Mackin said McGee's deal was finished Sunday night, but news of his hiring was leaked earlier than that when Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino congratulated his former assistant in a statement released Saturday.

McGee, who was in his fourth season at Arkansas and second as offensive coordinator, said his it's his "mission as a football coach to use the sport to train and develop young me to be better people and to make the proper decisions in life."

Mackin noted McGee's "impressive resume" and said UAB "was looking for a coach that would bring a new level of energy and passion to the job."

McGee, a former Oklahoma quarterback, is the fourth head coach at UAB. Before he was hired at Arkansas, he spent four seasons in various positions at Northwestern, including quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2006 and '07.

He has also held coaching positions with UNLV, Toledo and Northern Iowa. From 2001-02, he was an offensive assistant and quality control coach with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I've been waiting for a long time for an athletic director to announce my name as a new head football coach," McGee said. "I'm truly honored to head a football program at an academic institution."

12/05 14:12:32 ET

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