FAYETTEVILLE, AR (NWAOnline.com) - Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is in negotiations tonight to become the next head coach at Tulsa, according to sources familiar with the discussions. A formal offer could be made as soon as tonight.
McGee interviewed with Tulsa athletics director Bubba Cunningham Wednesday morning at the AFCA Convention in Dallas and was expected to meet with TU president Steadman Upham on Thursday, according to the Tulsa World.
A Tulsa native, McGee is thought to be one of two leading candidates for the position, vacant after former Tulsa coach Todd Graham left for Pittsburgh earlier this week. Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter is thought to be the other front-runner for the job, according to InsideTulsaSports.com.
Thought to be a candidate, Chad Morris was officially introduced as Clemson's offensive coordinator on Thursday after spending one season in the same capacity at Tulsa.
McGee, 37, has never been a head coach and just finished his first season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas. He has also served as the Razorbacks quarterbacks coach for the last three years and has been the school's lead recruiter in Oklahoma, where Arkansas has signed nine players in the last two recruiting classes.
McGee has especially had a presence in the Tulsa metro area with notable signees Alvin Bailey (Broken Arrow), Terrell Williams (Tulsa Union), Jarrett Lake (Jenks), Calvin Barnett (Booker T. Washington) and Eric Bennett (Booker T. Washington).
Prior to Arkansas, McGee spent four seasons at Northwestern, the final two of which he served as the school's offensive coordinator. In his final year with the Wildcats in 2007, McGee's offense led the Big Ten in total offense and passing yards.
McGee was promoted to offensive coordinator at Arkansas in December 2009 when Paul Petrino left to accept the same position at Illinois. McGee currently makes $300,000 annually, but was given a recommended pay raise to $336,000 in December, pending approval by the UA Board of Trustees.
Tulsa is not the only school that has shown interest in McGee this off-season. He also interviewed for the head coaching vacancy at Connecticut while in Dallas. UConn hired Paul Pasqualoni on Thursday.