Fayetteville (NWAOnline.com) - UConn is interested in Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee for its head coaching vacancy, according to Hartford-based NBC affiliate WVIT and a blurb on FootballScoop.com.
McGee, 37, just finished his first season as offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks, helping the team to a top 10 finish nationally in total offense. McGee has spent the last three seasons as Arkansas' quarterbacks coach and was nominated this season for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.
Prior to Arkansas, McGee spent four years at Northwestern, including the last two years as the Wildcats' offensive coordinator.
Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said prior to the Sugar Bowl he was hopeful to retain the entire coaching staff and the program is asking for raises for all of its assistant coaches. McGee would see the biggest pay raise under the proposal at $336,000, annually. He is currently making $300,000 per year.
UConn won the Big East championship this year and earned the school's first BCS bid, a loss to Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Randy Edsall left the Huskies to accept the head coaching position at Maryland on Jan. 2.
UConn athletics director Jeff Hathaway is meeting with Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley in Dallas – where the American Football Coaches Association Convention began Sunday – according to a report by the Hartford Courant. Former Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has also interviewed for the position.