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McGee Withdraws From Tulsa Search

Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee released a statement this morning announcing that he had withdrawn his name from the head coaching search at Tulsa.  This comes after two days of meetings and reports that McGee was already negotiating a deal with the school.

“I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for the head coach position at Tulsa,” the statement read.  “My goal is to one day be a head coach and there are a number of considerations that factor into when that time will come.  I appreciate the opportunity Tulsa gave me to meet about their program and wish them the best of luck in their search.  I look forward to continuing to work with Coach (Bobby) Petrino toward out goal of winning championships.”

When you see a coach withdraw his name it usually means someone else is about to be named head coach.  Perhaps McGee and Tulsa couldn’t hammer out deals on a contract, but most will assume that Golden Hurricane officials decided to go in another direction.

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Arkansas’ McGee Meets With Tulsa Officials Again, But No Offer Made

Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee met with officials at Tulsa for the second time yesterday, but The Tulsa World reports no job offer was made.  There have been reports that McGee is now the top choice for the Golden Hurricane head coaching job.

The school also met with Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter about its vacancy.  Todd Graham left Tulsa for Pittsburgh earlier this week.

McGee is a Tulsa native with strong ties to Oklahoma.  He has been Bobby Petrino’s quarterbacks coach for three seasons and replaced Paul Petrino as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator this past year.

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SEC Coaching Rumors – 1/13/11

Just a couple of quick updates regarding possible SEC coaching movement:

* The name of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee continues to bubble up in the great cauldron of coaching rumors.  McGee interviewed with UConn, but it’s believed the Huskies will move in another direction.  Former Miami O-coordinator Mark Whipple was expected to be Connecticut’s choice, but reports now link Dallas Cowboys assistant and former Syracuse head coach Paul Pasqualoni to the job.  McGee is still a possibility at Tulsa, however.  Bobby Petrino confirmed yesterday that his assistant did interview for the head coaching job at that school on Wednesday.  FootballScoop.com reports that McGee will meet with Tulsa’s president today.  Former Tulsa offensive coordinator Chad Morris is believed to be the front-runner for the Golden Hurricane job.

* Tennessee receivers coach Charlie Baggett has been reported to be a candidate for the same position with the Dallas Cowboys.  Baggett served in that capacity with the Miami Dolphins under Nick Saban.  Also on that Dolphins staff?  New Dallas coach Jason Garrett.

* Former Florida and Urban Meyer assistant Chuck Heater is expected to join Steve Addazio’s staff at Temple as defensive coordinator.  Heater was safeties coach with the Gators and co-coordinator.

* We’ve gotten some emails regarding rumors that Vanderbilt’s James Franklin is interested in luring defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel from West Virginia.  It appears — as far as we can tell — that that talk has died down and that Casteel will remain in Morgantown.  WVU head coach Bill Stewart announced last week that his “coaching staff for 2011 is complete” and that Casteel would be “heading up our defense.”

* And former Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges is moving with Brady Hoke from San Diego State to Michigan.  Borges — the man who directed AU’s offense that last time the Tigers went undefeated back in 2004 — will serve as UM’s quarterbacks coach and O-coordinator.

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