Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer
For the second time in five years, UAB has hired a head football coach with a drunk-driving arrest on his record.
Should we be surprised? Given that Paul Bryant Jr., president pro tempore of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees, has documented ties to a $15-million insurance fraud scheme . . . well, no, we should not be surprised. Why hold a football coach to high ethical standards when a company owned by the president of your board was implicated in a scam that netted one man a 15-year federal prison sentence?
Garrick McGee, offensive coordinator at the University of Arkansas, is expected to be announced as UAB's new coach at a press conference today. Various news outlets reported over the weekend that McGee's hiring was set.
McGee replaces Neil Callaway, who was fired on November 27 after going 18-42 over five seasons. When UAB hired Callaway in December 2006, it received heat in the national press for hiring a coach with a DUI arrest in his background. Callaway pleaded guilty to drunk-driving charges while serving as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia in 2003.
So what did UAB do? It hired another coach with DUI problems.
McGee was arrested for driving under the influence in December 2007, according to a report from Sports by Brooks. What happened on the case? Brooks reports: