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    Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee Resigns

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Garrick McGee spent four years as a Northwestern assistant coach.
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    Garrick McGee spent four years as a Northwestern assistant coach.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Jan. 2, 2008

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 2) that offensive coordinator Garrick McGee has resigned.

    "I want to thank Garrick for all his contributions to our football program," said Fitzgerald. "He did a great job with our offense, taking it to the top of the Big Ten in 2007.

    "I plan to start our search for a new coordinator immediately. We are sticking with our current offensive philosophy and want to maintain our reputation of having one of the most diverse and dangerous spread attacks in the country."

    McGee joined Northwestern's football staff in December, 2003, just prior to the Wildcats' appearance in the Motor City Bowl. He began his Northwestern stint as the Wildcats' wide receivers coach, a position he held until February, 2006, when former head coach Randy Walker promoted him to offensive coordinator.

    Under McGee, the Wildcats averaged a Big Ten regular-season best 427.7 yards per game this past year. In back-to-back 2007 wins over Michigan State and Minnesota, the Wildcats totaled 1,200 yards of offense, with junior quarterback C.J. Bacher throwing for 990 yards, including a school-record 520 against Michigan State. In 2005, when McGee served as NU's receivers coach, Northwestern became just the second team in Big Ten history to average more than 500 yards per game of total offense.