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Bobby Petrino releases statement on Garrick McGee

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Here's Bobby Petrino confirming the news that Garrick McGee is headed to Illinois to be Lovie Smith's new offensive coordinator, as well as his response:

"I wish Garrick McGee and his family nothing but the best and I am grateful for his friendship and commitment. I've known him for a long time and I'm going to miss him as a person and a coach. He did a great job wherever we have coached together and I think he has a great football mind. I know it was a difficult decision for him because he's had such a close relationship with Lovie Smith, and he feels like this is the right move for him. I wish him nothing but success and I am grateful for his dedication through the years."