Illinois officially announces that OC Garrick McGee, DB coach Paul Williams won't return
Two members of Illinois’ football coaching staff will not be retained for the 2018 season.
Saturday, it was announced that offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and defensive backs coach Paul Williams would not be reinstated by the Illini moving forward. Tuesday, Jeremy Werner of the Illini Inquirer reported that it had been made official that the two assistants were no longer members of the coaching staff.
An announcement was made public.
— Jeremy Werner (@JWerner247) December 26, 2017
“The Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today that contracts for offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and assistant coach Paul Williams will not be renewed for the upcoming season and are no longer members of the Illini coaching staff,” the announcement said. “A national search for replacements will begin as soon as possible.”
McGee was hired by Illinois in 2016, joining Lovie Smith in Champaign. He had taken the job after spending the previous two seasons at Louisville.
Illinois’ offense ranked as one of the worst in terms of production in 2017. The Illini averaged just 15.4 points per game, ranking 127th nationally. The Illini also ranked dead last in the B1G in rushing offense and 13th in total offense.
Williams also joined the staff in 2016 after a five-year stint at Miami (FL) as the defensive backs coach.