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Petrino hires McGee as offensive coordinator

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm •  Published: January 13, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has hired former UAB head coach Garrick McGee as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator, citing similar philosophies and their long history together.

The offense-minded Petrino hopes that both factors translate into continued success in their latest stop together.

"Garrick and I go way back," Petrino said during a news conference Monday.

McGee, who also played in college under Petrino, will be the quarterbacks coach in addition to the offensive coordinator.

"Anytime I've had the opportunity to hire him, I've hired him. We think a lot alike. He knows exactly how I like to coach quarterbacks. We have the same beliefs on offense," Petrino said.

McGee was Petrino's first staff addition since being hired for the second time on Thursday. Petrino is expected to pick Todd Grantham as his defensive coordinator after Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday that Grantham had left the Bulldogs to accept a similar job with Louisville.

Petrino said he is finalizing the rest of his staff. He will retain defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, who served under Charlie Strong before the former Cardinals coach left last week to become Texas' head coach.

McGee's mission as the program joins the Atlantic Coast Conference next season is continuing Louisville's offensive proficiency without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who's forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Bridgewater passed for 9,817 yards and 72 touchdowns in 39 career games, completing 68.3 percent of his attempts.

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