Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 1/10/14
The Garrick McGee era in Birmingham ended after two seasons on Thursday, when it was announced that McGee had resigned to accept the position of offensive coordinator under former boss Bobby Petrino at Louisville. AP Photo/Hal Yeager McGee’s tenure at UAB was supposed to be one of revitalization, since the Blazers were in the midst of seven straight losing seasons upon his arrival. Instead, his tenure looked like it may end before it had barely began, as rumors quickly connected him to the Arkansas job once Petrino was fired in the spring of 2012. Give credit to McGee, who decided to stick with the Blazers, but he never got the situation under control. The Blazers went 5-19 in his two seasons as head coach, including a 2-10 record with just one C-USA victory in 2013. The move by McGee caught me off guard in the beginning, but once I put more thought into the situation, the decision makes sense. McGee has four years of coaching experience under Petrino (QB coach and later offensive coordinator from 2008 to 2011), and it did not appear as if UAB was ready for a breakout season in 2014, meaning that McGee could have been coaching for his job with a team that was probably looking at four wins at the maximum. With this and the fact that Louisville is paying him approximately $100,000 more than he was prepared to make with the Blazers, McGee decided to take a step down to the offensive coordinator level for a proven winner in a position that he should safely possess for at least two seasons, a move that no one can really fault him for. McGee is now reunited with Petrino (Photo courtesy of SportsTalkwithBo.com) Now that McGee has left for Louisville, who will be the next head coach of the UAB Blazers? Here are five candidates that I believe the athletic department should consider giving a call: Joey Jones, South Alabama HC – The former standout wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide has done a commendable job building the Jaguars program, and after five seasons he holds a 31-21 record with the team. The Jaguars were 6-6 in 2013 and nearly upset the Tennessee Volunters in Neyland Stadium, which is quite an accomplishment for a team that has only been in existence since 2009. Jones may decide he is not willing to leave a team that he has practically built on his own from the ground up, but if he is interested in moving up to the C-USA level of play, UAB would be foolish not to go after him. Photo by USA Today Tim Horton, Auburn RB Coach – Horton’s name may prove to be a hot commodity thanks to the Tigers’ success on the ground this season. A former assistant under Petrino at Arkansas, Horton’s Tigers led the nation in yards on the ground, garnering 328 per game en route to the National Championship game. Now with seven years of coaching in the SEC under his belt with running backs like Darren McFadden and Tre Mason, is the timing right for Horton to step out and run his own team? Major Applewhite, former Texas offensive coordinator – A former quarterback for the Texas Longhorns, the thirty-five year old already has an impressive résumé, which includes stops at Alabama and Texas, both of which saw Applewhite serve as offensive coordinator. Now looking for a job due to Brown’s resignation, it seems doubtful that new Texas head coach Charlie Strong will keep Applewhite on board in the same capacity, meaning that he could very well be in the hunt for a head coaching position. Would Applewhite’s youth bring the energy UAB needs? (Photo by TornbySports.com) Ed Orgeron, former USC DC – Orgeron seems to be open to taking a head coaching job now that his second tenure with the Trojans is over with. Many people surrounding the USC program felt that Orgeron was deserving of replacing Lane Kiffin full-time after posting a 6-2 record as the interim head coach, and his exit following Steve Sarkisian’s hire made one of the most respected recruiters in the nation readily available. Will Orgeron take a head coaching job, an assistant coaching position, or take a year off? It remains to be seen, but the fiery Cajun could bring the amount of toughness and drive that the Blazers are in desperate need of. Houston Nutt, former Ole Miss HC – Nutt’s name has bounced around several different coaching vacancies this offseason, but so far the three-time SEC Coach of the Year has yet to land another gig. Nutt, who posted a 99-74 record over the course of fourteen seasons with the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Ole Miss Rebels, has been lampooned by some due to the recent success of Gus Malzahn, who he famously ran off after one season as Nutt’s offensive coordinator. Nutt may not ever land another significant FBS coaching position, but Nutt’s past success could be just what the doctor ordered for UAB, which is not exactly a heralded C-USA program. Consider the fact that Nutt has four bowl victories while UAB only has one bowl appearance, and it sure makes it look like hiring Nutt would not be such a bad move as far as publicity and recruiting is concerned. Is this really a fair depiction of Nutt? No, but it’s the one that many have been left with Take Our Poll
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Eddie Lacy defends Mike McCarthy for weight loss comments

Red Sox nearly had serious catcher emergency in loss to Tigers

Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson ineligible for season

Roger Federer will miss Olympics, U.S. Open with knee injury

Seahawks extend Pete Carroll through 2019

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye releases first statement following car crash

Report: Brock Osweiler could have made more money staying with Broncos

Andrew Luck: Feels `as good as I've ever felt` for training camp

Amar'e Stoudemire announces retirement after signing one-day contract with Knicks

Report: Gregory failed multiple drug tests since suspension

Olympian Abby Johnston: Worst thing about Olympic village is no Pokemon

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

Report: Paul Pierce to return to Clippers

Jimbo Fisher: You come to FSU to win national championships

Andre Johnson worked out for Tennessee Titans

Shattenkirk for Krejci trade rumor still floating around

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman denies link to C.T.E.

Michael Vick: Cam Newton can’t beat me in 40-yard dash

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

Odell Beckham Jr. says Giants will play in Super Bowl LI

Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

Terrelle Pryor can visit Ohio State as five-year ban comes to a close

Rudy Gay admits to having ‘no idea’ about what the Kings are doing

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker