Illinois has parted ways with offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, according to a report from FootballScoop. The Illini also fired defensive backs coach Paul Williams, the FootballScoop report said.
McGee ran the Illinois offense in both of Lovie Smith’s first two seasons in Champaign. The Illini were last in the Big Ten in 2017 in scoring offense (15.3 points per game) and the team was second-to-last in total offense (280.4 yards per game). The 15.3 points per game mark ranked 126th in the nation out of 129 teams and was the worst of any Power 5 program.
Illinois, which went 2-10 in 2017, scored 10 points or less in four different games, and the team did not score more than 24 points in a game. In 2016, McGee’s offense ranked 13th in the Big Ten with 19.7 points per game.
McGee, 44, came to Smith’s staff in 2016 after previous stops at Louisville, Arkansas and Northwestern. McGee was also the head coach at UAB in 2012 and 2013.