Arkansas' McGee to become UAB coach

Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is set to become the new head coach at UAB, according to a statement from Razorbacks head coach Bobby Petrino.

UAB hasn't announced a replacement for Neil Callaway, who retired last Sunday after five seasons as head coach of the Blazers.

But Petrino's statement, issued through Arkansas on Saturday, makes it clear that McGee is taking the job.

"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," Petrino said.

"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, (his wife) 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."

McGee is in his fourth season at No. 6 Arkansas and second as offensive coordinator.