Florida to hire veteran coordinator Garrick McGee as defensive analyst, per report

By Adam Silverstein
July 17, 2020
Florida to hire veteran coordinator Garrick McGee as defensive analyst, per report
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In what may be a corresponding move to a hire that head coach Dan Mullen reportedly made earlier this week, the Florida Gators are bringing in Garrick McGee as a defensive analyst, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. McGee, the former head coach at UAB (2012-13), has also served as an offensive coordinator at Illinois (2016-17), Louisville (2014-15), Arkansas (2010-11) and Northwestern (2006-07).

Feldman reports that McGee, 47, will join the Gators as an analyst under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. McGee was Louisville’s offensive coordinator at the same time Grantham ran the defensive side of the football.

Florida is also expected to hire veteran defensive coach Paul Pasqualoni — who previously served as head coach at Syracuse (1991-2004) and UConn (2011-13) — as a special assistant to Mullen, according to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel.

Pasqualoni, 70, comes off a two-year stint as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. He had been a defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears (2014), Houston Texans (2015) and at Boston College (2016-17) after his tenure at UConn came to a close. He also spent two seasons as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator (2008-09) and four years in various roles with the Dallas Cowboys (2005-07, 2010). In all, Pasqualoni has been coaching football uninterrupted since 1972.

Both McGee and Pasqualoni will have off-field roles with the Gators, reportedly using their respective expertise to help the opposite unit on the team. McGee, an offensive mind, will work with the defense to gameplan for opposing offenses whereas Pasqualoni will help Mullen break down defenses while also taking a “macro view” of the program.

The fact that the Gators are hiring McGee and Pasqualoni may speak positively toward the University Athletic Association’s financial situation. During a time where athletic departments across the country are canceling sports and asking their coaches to take temporary salary cuts, Florida has done neither while simultaneously adding to Mullen’s staff.

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