Tuesday, June 10, 2014

McGee at UAB

Garrick McGee resigned from the University of Alabama-Birmingham to take the offensive coordinator position under Bobby Petrino at Louisville.  McGee only lasted two seasons at the helm of the Blazers, which is longer than Petrino did at Western Kentucky.  So continuing on with the teams that had head football coaching changes during or after the 2013 football season, let's take a look at UAB under McGee using the Complex Invasion College Football Production Model.

In McGee's first season at UAB the Blazers finished 3-9 playing against an "average" strength of schedule (SOS) as compared to the "league" average. Alabama-Birmingham's best game was a victory over #67 ranked Marshall with the other two wins over teams ranked at 118 and 125.  The Blazer's worst game was a loss to #121 ranked Tulane.  For the season, UAB finished as the #106 ranked team with the #82 ranked offense and the #114 ranked defense.

In what ended up as McGee's last season as Blazer's head football coach the team finished the regular season at 2-10 and was again bowl ineligible for 2013.  UAB again played against an "average" SOS and their two wins were over teams ranked above 120 (Florida International University at #123 and FCS Northwestern State is given a rank of #126 as are all FCS schools).  UAB's worst defeat came against #121 Southern Mississippi at the end of the season.  Unfortunately for UAB, they were moving in the wrong direction on both sides of the ball as compared to the 2012 campaign.  While UAB finished as the #113 ranked team overall, the offensive production fell relative to the rest of the "league" to finish ranked at #89 and even though McGee changed defensive coordinator's mid-season, their defensive rank finished at #120.

Analysis of 2013 NCAA FBS Head Coach Changes
Western Kentucky and Bobby Petrino
Arkansas State and Bryan Harsin
Army and Rich Ellerson
Vanderbilt and James Franklin
Penn State and Bill O'Brien
UMass and Charley Molnar
Boise State and Chris Petersen
Texas and Mack Brown
Washington and Steve Sarkisian
Wake Forest and Jim Grobe
Wyoming and Dave Christensen
Eastern Michigan and Ron English
Florida Atlantic and Carl Pelini
Miami of Ohio and Don Treadwell
UConn and Paul Pasqualoni
USC and Lane Kiffen

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