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Players and fans react to Garrick McGee's resignation from UAB

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - There's mixed reaction from some UAB football players and fans about former head coach Garrick McGee leaving the team yesterday. Coach McGee announced yesterday that he is leaving the blazers to become the offensive coordinator at Louisville under Bobby Petrino. During his two years at UAB, McGee went five and nineteen overall and three and thirteen record against Conference USA teams. It's unclear to the players and Athletic Director Brian Mackin on the future of UAB's football team. Mackin can't meet with UAB's president until he's back in the country.

From the players on down to the fans, some Blazers say they were caught off guard by Garrick McGee's decision to depart after just two seasons.
"I'm still a little hurt because the day before he left, he had a leadership meeting and he was teaching us about leadership and loyal. The next day ESPN alerts that he's gone and we're like hold on man how is this possible," Timothy Alexander said.

Timothy Alexander says McGee promised the team he would build an outstanding football program during his time leading the Blazers. Alexander says he and other players feel betrayed.
"A lot of those guys are upset. A lot of guys say they have no emotions they don't know what to believe," Alexander added.

Tony Kurre with WJOX radio talked to McGee after he left for the coaching position at Louisville. McGee told Kurre that UAB promised him a lot to help him succeed but the aid never surfaced.
"New facility, paint, carpet, practice facility stuff," Kurre said.

Some people say getting from under the umbrella of the University of Alabama would help UAB's football program grow.
"If they turn this program a loose it will grow, we will be ok, and nobody wants to talk about it but the bottom line is we're controlled by the University of Alabama Trustees," Alabama State Representative John Rogers said.

Everyone associated with the team, who we spoke with, says the program will rebound. As soon as UAB names a new head football coach, we'll let you know who it is.

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