University of Alabama Hires Coach with DUI Twice

By Michael Klazema on 1/8/2012

The University of Alabama recently hired a head football coach with a DUI on their record. Garrick McGee, former offensive coordinator from the University of Arkansas, was hired as the head coach replacing Neil Callaway, who also has a DUI arrest on his record. In addition to McGee’s arrest and guilty plea for DUI in 2008, he had also pleaded guilty to theft and paid restitution in 1991 when he was with the Arizona State Sun Devils. As would be expected, the University of Alabama is experiencing a lot of backlash for this hiring choice, as it did in 2006 when it hired Callaway.

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